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In an age where two of the four big U.S. carriers are moving away from unlimited data packages, one of the smaller -- dare we say "second tier" -- carriers is coming out with its own unlimited plan. U.S. Cellular has announced today that it will be offering an unlimited LTE data plan for just $40 a month. Customers wishing to tether their devices will also be able to do so, even on this unlimited plan, with an additional $20 per month charge.

The carrier has been rolling out LTE to more markets as of late, and plans to have 58-percent of its customer base covered in LTE by the end of 2012. Although this may or may not be enough to convince some users to leave their current carrier, it's a great option to have if you're currently a U.S. Cellular customer.

The plan is supposedly for a "limited time", and in concurrence with this deal the carrier is offering $100 instant discounts on some popular LTE devices, like the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3), to boot. U.S. Cellular is really piling on the promotions this holiday season.

U.S. Cellular Launches New Unlimited 4G LTE Data Plan and Other Promotions

Today U.S. Cellular has launched an unlimited 4G LTE data plan in time for the holiday season. For a limited time, customers in the carrier's 4G LTE markets can select the plan for only $40 per month and add tethering for $20 more. U.S. Cellular is the only carrier in almost all of its markets that offers an unlimited 4G LTE data plan.

U.S. Cellular recently expanded its 4G LTE service to more reach customers in Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, and rolled out 4G LTE service to some of its leading markets in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. By the end of the year, 58 percent of U.S. Cellular's customers will have access to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular offers eight 4G LTE devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Motorola ELECTRIFY M.

U.S. Cellular is also offering $100 instant rebates on some its smartphones, including the Galaxy S III for $199 and the Huawei Ascend Y for just a penny. And customers who purchase any smartphone or tablet can get the 4G LTE Samsung SCH-LC11 hotspot for free. In addition to these great deals, U.S. Cellular customers get a better experience all year long, with unique benefits like the only loyalty rewards program in wireless.

 
There are 15 comments

joebob2000 says:

"Second tier" might describe national networks (like national prepaid networks that buy access from first tiers like Verizon). US Cellular is a "Regional" carrier since a large portion of the US can not buy one of their phones (they only sell into their region).

Jayshmay says:

Congratulations to U.S. Cellular customers.
It's good to have LTE that you can ACTUALLY USE and
not be limited to a measly 3-4GB's/mo.

I have Unlimited LTE on Verizon.

I use it on sprint too....oh wait never mind

chakraj says:

This just proves that ATT and Verizon are lying about removing unlimited because of a spectrum crunch. US Cellular Uses ATT network and they can sell it but ATT cant??? LOL

icebike says:

Correction : US Cell roams on AT&T. They have their own network and towers in their home region.

And it is yet to be seen whether they actually allow LTE roaming or if they fall back to 3G or edge.
I spent a month roaming on USC towers with my AT&T phone and never got anything but Edge.

yaressej says:

US Cellular is a CDMA network, isn't compatible with AT&T's network to roam.

Jayshmay says:

@ chakraj: Problem is consumers aren't moving to
Sprint & T-Mobile in droves for unlimited,
nobody is teaching ATT /Verizon a lesson.

crxssi says:

Sprint has a chance of that happening, if they can:

1) Retain the current low pricing
2) Keep the unlimited data plans like they are
3) FREAKING FINISH THE LTE/VISION UPGRADES

chakraj says:

I am verizon unlimited for $30. and if it goes away I will also. I bet a lot of others are thinking the same

crxssi says:

It will go away the moment you try to get a subsidized device. How long you can keep it, otherwise, is anyone's guess.

Jayshmay says:

I also have Verizon unlimited for $30.
I have 3 lines, and have already found out I would be saving $50/mo on T-Mobile, which us launching LTE next year. Unlimited talk/text/web 3 lines $189/mo.

Dr. Triffid says:

I live in a small urban area (about 100,000 in the MSA) and have no AT&T LTE arriving in the immediate future. My brother lives in a cabin in the woods downstate and will be getting US Cellular LTE next month. It almost makes me want to become a hermit, too — as hermits can get better access to unlimited LTE.

Mikey47 says:

What?!? Tethering is an extra $20 what a rip off! Unlimited is unlimited isn't it?

(sarcasm)

atomicdog21 says:

I think the saddest thing is that a lot of people will never get to appreciate how good uscc is. In most markets they are in they are the highest rated in customer satisfaction. They are finally catching up instead of being 18 months behind in phone hardware, but instead of pushing to expand they just sold their Chicago and st Louis markets to sprint. I know it's pending and I know they had their reasons, but it's just too bad...