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Want Unlimited 4G LTE Data on U.S. Cellular? Act Fast

November 19, 2012

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U.S. Cellular today announced an unlimited 4G LTE data plan.

Customers in the carrier's 4G LTE markets can pick the plan for $40 per month, then add tethering for an extra $20. The promotion, however, will only be available through the holiday season. Those who sign up will get unlimited 4G LTE data for 24 months; after that, they'll have to select another data plan.

Existing prices for U.S. Cellular smartphone data plans range from $20 per month for 300MB to $25 for 2GB. With the added tethering function, plans start at $45 per month for 2GB, $50 for 5GB, and $90 for 10GB.

The company claims to be the only carrier in almost all of its markets to offer unlimited 4G LTE; T-Mobile also offers unlimited data but won't upgrade to 4G LTE until next year. U.S. Cellular recently expanded its service to more customers in Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. Additionally, U.S. Cellular rolled out its network to markets in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

Earlier this month, U.S. Cellular announced that it would sell select Midwest markets, including Chicago, St. Louis, and central Illinois, to Sprint for $480 million. The nation's seventh-largest wireless carrier will lose PCS spectrum and 585,000 customers — about 10 percent of its total customer base.

By the end of the year, however, U.S. Cellular expects 58 percent of its customers to have access to 4G LTE speeds on eight devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III , Galaxy Note II, and Motorola Electrify M.

Meanwhile, the carrier is offering $100 instant rebates on some of its handsets, including $199 for the Galaxy S III, and the Huawei Ascend Y for just a penny.




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