US Cellular wants to pay you $300 to switch carriers

U.S. Cellular is hoping to compel some users to head over to its network by offering $300 to families that bring along two or more lines and activate a smartphone. The incentive comes in the form of a prepaid MasterCard debit card, which is probably better than other ways they could've done it, although we may have preferred to have it put on your bill as a credit for service.

The promotion U.S. Cellular is running right now also includes several other incentives. New and existing customers living in LTE markets can take advantage of the carrier's unlimited data plans for $40 per month. The carrier says that 58-percent of its customers currently have LTE coverage, and that number will be almost 90-percent by the end of 2013. There are a few device discounts going on currently as well, with the Huawei Ascend Y for $0.01 and the Samsung Galaxy S III (with LTE) for $149.99.

If you've been thinking about moving to U.S. Cellular, now may be the time. These smaller and regional carriers tend to put together some pretty decent incentive packages to get new customers in.

Source: U.S. Cellular (opens in new tab)

Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • If you come to Hawaii, which I highly doubt, maybe we can talk.
  • I'll come to Hawaii if you buy me a plane ticket and hotel room!
  • Allow me to get a Nexus... then we'll talk.
  • Allow Google to come out with a CDMA version- not USC's fault.
  • No, it's Verizon's fault lol
  • Sprint is also offering a $300 credit if you port over 3 or more lines on a family account.
  • Sprints is up to $400 though and comes up front off the phones.
  • I meant to say $400.
  • So basically these companies are offering 2 months free?
  • Or almost the full ETF for 1 device, most family plans have different devices with different contract dates so most people won't even bother to do this, no one is going to pay 2 or more early ETF's to switch carriers.
  • I love this. They need to make it fair tho. Like 1 for 1, not 3 devices to pay just one ETF. Unfortunaty if carriers wanted to try to get u to be a customer thry need to give more. This still wreaks of them making out like a bandit. The idea should be to just get u on their service. Provide good service and no one would want to switch.
  • Since all of southern New England is "Entered Location is not serviced by U.S. Cellular" I guess that is not an option for me yet. Bring me 4G before Verizon takes away my unlimited and we will talk.Entered Location is not serviced by U.S. Cellular Cell Coverage Indicator:
  • Expand into Killeen with your own cellphone service and no someone else's service and your own 4G network and we will talk. I've already been through this, "We lease our 4G network through a third party" BS.. Maybe now that Sprint has taken care of Crapwire... err I mean Clear.. we will see some decent Sprint 4G networks?