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U.S. Cellular Raises Outlook as 1Q Profits Jump

May 1, 2015 10:29 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today is reporting a nice annual bump in its first quarter earnings.                                                                                                                           

U.S. Cellular to Offer Its Customers Cell Signal Boosters

March 30, 2015 10:32 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

WeBoost says that U.S. Cellular will be the first U.S. carrier to sell its cell boosters...

CiG Wireless Sells Towers to Vertical Bridge

March 23, 2015 10:38 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

CiG Wireless announced it is selling its tower portfolio to Vertical Bridge Holdings in an all-...

U.S. Cellular Posts Loss Amid Revenue, Customer Growth

February 25, 2015 11:25 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The revenue boost came as the carrier was able to grow its subscriber base, adding 98,000...

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U.S. Cellular Cuts Prices for EIP Customers

February 24, 2015 1:43 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The regional carrier is expanding its $30 discount off monthly connection charges to its 8 GB plan, so customers who choose...                                

SmartWatch: Going Once, Going Twice...Sold to Dish Network

February 5, 2015 10:59 am | by Alex Shanahan, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

The FCC's AWS-3 auction got off to a fast-paced start and then an excrutiating grind to the finish line. But we made it...                                                  

After Billing Woes, U.S. Cellular Signs BSS/OSS Deal with Amdocs

January 28, 2015 11:22 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Amdocs will continue handling service activation, customer care and retail interaction, and billing for both business and retail customers.                                     


U.S. Cellular Selling Towers, Swapping PCS Spectrum

December 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today announced it will sell 595 towers to Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC for $159 million.                                                                         

U.S. Cellular Raising Up to $500M for Potential Spectrum Buys

November 24, 2014 10:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today announced it will raise up to $500 million by issuing debt through its existing securities registration and/or through...                                               

SmartWatch Ep. 26: 3Q Carrier Battles & VoLTE Friendships

November 6, 2014 10:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

Andrew is across the pond but while we weren’t raiding his desk for snacks, we still managed to film a brand new episode of SmartWatch.                                             

U.S. Cellular Adds 52K PostPaid Customers in 3Q

October 31, 2014 11:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the company wasn't making money during the quarter, it did manage to attract 52,000 net postpaid customers, which was a big improvement from...                 

Google’s Nexus 6 Arrives, AT&T Makes It Its First

October 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google today officially announced the Nexus 6, a real-deal phablet with a 6-inch display sporting a 1440x2560 (493 ppi) resolution. Google’s new flagship contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon...


U.S. Cellular Offers Postpaid Service Through RadioShack

July 8, 2014 10:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a statement from a U.S. Cellular spokeswoman, the regional carrier's postpaid service is now available in 83 RadioShack locations across 12 states, including California, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

U.S. Cellular Takes on AT&T, Verizon with $140 10GB Shared Plan

May 20, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today is pushing out a discount for its Shared Connect plans that comes out to $140 monthly for four lines with unlimited talk and text plus 10GB to share. The carrier’s new pricing trumps similar offers from AT&T and Verizon that charge $160.

U.S. Cellular Loses More Subs as It Tries to Leave Billing System Woes Behind

May 2, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular lost 93,000 postpaid subscribers in its first quarter of 2014, continuing a trend that’s seen its postpaid subscriber base shrink by almost 900,000 over the last year. But the company sounded optimistic that the billing system troubles that dogged the carrier last year are nearing an end.

FirstNews Briefs: U.S. Cellular, SkyWave, WiTricity, Shazam

April 22, 2014 11:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today launched a 4G LTE Router for consumers and small businesses. The service is $20 per month when added on to any Shared Connect plan, and the device is available online and in U.S. Cellular stores for $99.99 with a two-year agreement.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Goes On Sale Everywhere Today

April 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Besides the carrier deals, it looks like Samsung is willing to toss in some extras for S5 buyers. Bloomberg reports the OEM is offering up to $600 in bonuses including PayPal vouchers—to use with the S5’s fingerprint scanner—as well free apps and a LinkedIn premium account.


U.S. Cellular Adding 1200 New LTE Sites in 2014

April 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In partnerhsip with King Street Wireless, U.S. Cellular will add more than 1,200 LTE cell sites in 2014 and expand existing LTE service in 13 states. The regional carrier said in a statement that by the end of 2014, more than 93 percent of its customers will have access to LTE speeds. 

Sprint's Son Pledges Spark Access, Financial Support for Rural Carriers

March 27, 2014 10:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Speaking Thursday at the CCA Global Expo Masayoshi Son talked about the need for teamwork between Sprint and the carrier members of the CCA in order to take a “real fight” to the AT&T and Verizon “duopoly.” And he had the GSMA Intelligence numbers to back up his doubt.

CCA Expo: Broadcasters Require Trust in Incentive Auctions

March 26, 2014 2:41 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Rick Kaplan, executive vice president of strategic planning for the National Association of Broadcasters, said he's worried that broadcasters still need assurances from the FCC around how the upcoming incentive auctions will work. "One challenge is you want to be able to trust what you hear from the Commission," Kaplan said. 

U.S. Carriers Roll Out Pricing Details for Samsung Galaxy S5

March 21, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg and Ben Munson | News | Comments

Whether the Samsung Galaxy S5 shapes up to be the blockbuster its predecessor was remains to be seen. But carriers have already begun pre-orders and special promotions for the 5.1-inch smartphone (due April 11) and the trio of wearables Samsung is sending out alongside it.

New Wireless Plans Could Mean Billing Nightmare for Customers

March 13, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

While competition, especially on price, is undoubtedly a good thing for wireless customers, it could mean major problems when it comes to billing, at least initially. Let's be honest, try as they might, the wireless carriers are failing miserably at creating simple, easy-to-understand plans.

Report: U.S. Cellular Raising Data Caps for Shared Plans

March 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular this week will reportedly raise the data caps on its shared plans, in some cases more than doubling the allotted amount. The $40 plan will jump from 300MB to 1GB, the $50 plan will jump from 1GB to 2GB and the $60 plan will jump from 2GB to 3GB. U.S. Cellular will also introduce a $15 price point for 300MB and a new $60 single line plan with 1GB, according to a document Droid Life published.

U.S. Cellular Pushes Safety with LifeLine Response Partnership

March 4, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular is partnering with LifeLine Response, a personal safety mobile application, in order to make the service more directly available to its customers. U.S. Cellular will offer LifeLine as an add-on service in more than 1,000 store locations. The carrier will be marketing a package called the Protector Series and, among security functions for data, LifeLine will be put in as a personal security offering.

U.S. Cellular Struggles Amid Changing Competitive Environment

February 26, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), parent company of U.S. Cellular, said it won't provide a forecast for 2014 due in part to the "unprecedented number of actions related to pricing of service plans and devices, including device financing, announced by competitors in recent weeks." 

California Bill Proposes Mandatory Cell Phone Kill Switches

February 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Democratic State Senator Mark Leno has proposed a bill that would require all smartphones and tablets sold in California to feature a kill switch, a user-activated theft deterrent. The bill would by Jan. 1, 2015 require manufacturers to include the function on all devices or face fines of up to $2,500 for each device sold without a kill switch, according to the New York Times.

U.S. Cellular Goes No-Contract, Unlimited for $50

January 31, 2014 11:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S Cellular today announced a promotional plan that offers unlimited data, talk and text for $50 per month with no contract. A U.S. Cellular representative confirmed that the unlimited data includes just 500 MB of high-speed (LTE or 3G, depending on availability) before customers will be throttled back to slower speeds.

Verizon Finalizes Asset Purchase From U.S. Cellular

December 16, 2013 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon quietly strengthened its spectrum position a little further late Friday by finalizing a transaction with U.S. Cellular. Verizon bought from U.S. Cellular a 25 MHz A Block license in Missouri and also took custody of the affected customers and CDMA network operations. The spectrum and operational assets acquired cover approximately 110,000 people over about 1,700 square miles.

Details of the FCC, U.S. Carrier Cellphone Unlocking Deal

December 13, 2013 10:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless have all committed to a new set of voluntary rules regarding customer device unlocking. As CTIA spelled out yesterday in a letter to the FCC, the five biggest U.S. operators will push for the principles to be adopted into the CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service.

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