US Cellular

US Cellular this afternoon announced that it's launching a 4G LTE network in the first quarter of 2012, with select cities in six states getting the nod.

The markets that will initially have the LTE data, which is being provided in conjunction with King Street Wireless, are:

  • Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison and Racine
  • Iowa: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport
  • Maine: Portland and Bangor
  • North Carolina: Greenville.

Oklahoma and Texas will see some 4G LTE coverage as well, but USCC didn't specify which cities. Specific devices were not announced, either, but we're more than willing to bet we'll see some Android fare. Check out the full press release after the break.


Enhancement Builds on Carrier's Top Ranking for Call Quality and Network Satisfaction

CHICAGO (Nov. 4, 2011) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM), in conjunction with the King Street Wireless partnership, has announced the readiness of a 4G LTE network. Testing continues on the first 4G LTE devices to ensure that customers in 4G LTE markets have the best possible experience when the devices are available in the first quarter of 2012. U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier.

The initial rollout of 4G LTE service is planned for select cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma, including some of U.S. Cellular’s leading markets such as Milwaukee, Madison and Racine, Wis.; Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa; Portland and Bangor, Maine; and Greenville, N.C.

“With a 4G LTE network and cutting-edge 4G LTE devices, customers will be able to connect to their friends and family even faster and get more done when they’re away from their home or office,” said Mary N. Dillon, president and CEO of U.S. Cellular. “We’re excited to partner with King Street Wireless to bring 4G LTE speed to more customers next year that will help them be more productive. Our commitment to providing products and services that simplify and enhance customers’ lives is one of the reasons we have the happiest customers in wireless.”      

U.S. Cellular customers also enjoy unique benefits, such as a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty. Customers with Belief Plans earn points for doing simple things like paying their wireless bill on time, adding a line or referring friends and family. Other benefits include new phones faster without continuously signing contracts, free Battery Swap, Overage Protection, and free incoming calls, texts and picture messages.

The 4G LTE network readiness builds on the 3G data services that U.S. Cellular customers already enjoy on the carrier’s high-quality nationwide network. Details on future waves of 4G LTE deployment will be announced at a later date when plans are finalized.

About King Street Wireless
A wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Cellular is a limited partner in King Street Wireless, L.P. ("King Street Wireless"). King Street Wireless participated in the auction of wireless spectrum in the 700 megahertz band designated by the FCC as Auction 73 and was the winning bidder with respect to 152 licenses. These 152 license areas cover portions of 27 states and are in markets which are either adjacent to or overlap current U.S. Cellular license areas.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Customer Service Champion and received PC Magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Award. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on, and


Reader comments

US Cellular launching its 4G LTE network in 2012 in six states


A Chicago based company, yet no Chicago 4G? I knew there was a reason I've never paid much attention to US Smellular....

I thought the same exact thing when I read this post Bob. How can they not start in Chicago? I'd imagine they'll get something going around 35th and Shields in time for baseball season though. No point in paying all that money to sponsor a stadium and have a store inside and not be able to show off the best technology they have to offer.

Greenville? Why not go 45 minutes West and be in Raleigh. There's nothing in Greenville but ghettos and ECU.

What is 4g? its the fourth generation of their network. just because they dont have the name 4g doesnt mean their 3g isnt as good as most other carriers 4g. you should really research the definition of 4g before you bash on them.

Me teenage sons use US Cellular. Far and away the best service among the other carriers. We're in Virginia and they are the only ones among their friends who consistently do not drop calls, have a signal when no one else does. Great company that does not try to be all things to all people which is a lesson some others could learn.

+1. They don't have 4G, not that it matters to me, but at least they understand a term called "customer service". Now they need to pick up some killer android phones for 2012.

I'm pretty sure US Cellular just piggy backs on AT&T outside of their limited license areas.

Click this map:
Then click "US Cellular licensed Markets". Anywhere out of the dark blue is roaming via AT&T.

So you really can't praise US Cellular without also praising AT&T, especially, when in your area, their own network doesn't even cover the entire state.

well, i can state for a fact that while that should be true, it necessarily isn't. You're comment is absolutely correct but this house is the hangout for all the "kids", so I get the real world test in all the carriers. US Cellular works when all the others (sprint, at&t, verizon) do not. Weird but true. When a company can gain loyalty with 17 and 18 yr old males, somebody is doing something right; so praise does indeed go to US Cellular.

and plus whats the point of having a lot of customers if they cant use their phones? us cellular focuses on quality not quantity.

How is USCC lame? Lamer than Sprint's WiMax? Lamer than AT&T's effort towards LTE? Lamer than T-Mobile's "4G"marketing hype? USCC isn't even a national provider so is it far to compare them to the "Big 4" .

I drive truck and been to 48 states, I know of one place with 3g. Cause I got 3g aircard when it was new. Cingular brand, my phone doesnt get the mbyte a second I got in sacramento. Its all hype marketing lies.

Nothing like uneducated comments to drive a discussion. USCC is probably the best overall provider of cell service in any market ther're in. Should they have LTE out already? Maybe, but they can't just drop a billion here and there like the big four can. USCC's biggest issues are trying to act like a national carrier when they're really a super regional, and not having the cutting edge phones that national carriers have. No galaxy S II yet= :P.

COMPLETE UTTER BULLSHIT you only like USCC cause you can't afford the real carriers broke fools. US only has room for NATIONAL NOT REGIONAL WANNABEies carriers. Those that are regional are weak and for broke ppl like you. Not having cutting edge phones makes you weak period!!!!!!!!!! I travel all over regionals are USELESS TO ME ALL THEY DO is take up space and prevent the big 4 from covering everywhere cause the regionals are competition NOT they are food for real carriers. national or go home!!!!!!!!!!

USCC ain't for broke people. I have us cellular and pay $139.99 for 2 lines (1500 mins, unlimited text, 5gb data per line). For that price at t-mobile I'd get unlimited talk, unlimited text, and unlimited data for 2 lines.

In my home I get 9 out of 10 calls dropped with us cellular. My friends who have verizon and t-mobile get no dropped calls in my home. And according to us cellular I'm supposed to get full coverage where I live.

As far as the phones go, us cellular does have one good phone (motorola electrify). Just no 4G.

as weak as they are in their CURRENT form they are getting stronger everyday one day they will become NATIONAL we will be seeing the big 5 very soon or big 6

Let me just clear some things up for you guys. Us Cellular is never going to be the largest carrier and we know that. But what we are proud of is that we have the happiest customers. Nowhere else can you go and use reward points we give you and upgrade your line early. after your first contract with us you dont have to sign anymore. why? because we're not forcing you to be with us. we believe thats your choice. yeah sure we dont have "4g" but if have done your research then you would know why it took so long. and one last one people tend to forget....we GIVE you fully charged batteries at no cost to you with our Battery Swap program because lets face it..whats the point of a super bad ass phone if you cant use it?