Comments on news posted 2013-09-11 08:08:13: US Cellular previously stated that 87% of their customers will have LTE by the end of this year, but this week got more specific. "4G LTE service has been deployed in 92 markets, and will be in 133 markets by the end of the year," a U.S. ..
Wish they'd expand their footprint into Southern New England. They have them up in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
They have better pricing but they would not get my business until they add the iPhone to their fleet. We had US Cellular when I lived in Iowa back when their network was D-AMPS. My first cell phone was through US Cellular but I eventually went over to Verizon as VZ had better coverage and rates at the time but I was on prepaid.
Now I still have Verizon 12 years later but I did go with AT&T from 2004 to 2011 because VZ for a while had spotty coverage when I moved to Springfield MA. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
While I'll be sad to lose my 5GB/mo. plan, I'm inching closer to being totally done with them and moving to Verizon.
Even when they might finally get LTE in my city, roaming breaks down like this: *No 4G roaming. No plans for it. Confirmed via email to support (which took them about a month to answer) *200MB roaming limit (over 3G). 200MB. That is kind of lame. *3G roaming only.
If the carriers had ANY level of decent interoperability with "4G" I think this might be less of an issue for me.
It's also very convenient that they suddenly drop the whole "no more contract" thing almost exactly 2yrs. after starting it, while other carriers seem to be bringing these options up.
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Soon, mobile share plans are coming on board which will make it as expensive as Verizon or AT&T. I'm expecting they'll try and kill a plan like I got with 5GB data, 450 minutes and unlimited texting for $69.99 a month back in 2009.
They're bleeding customers, and they've already sold off their largest markets, so I think the big sale is ultimately going to come soon to either Verizon or Sprint. Considering the problems previously documented here about roaming capped at 200MB and limited to 3G, this will be a net positive for us with coverage.
I don't think they will be expanding any time soon... they recently sold several markets (including St. Louis, Chicago, central Illinois, and three other Midwest markets) . They also sold some AWS spectrum to T-Mobile. Various forums are full of complaints about major billing issues and the end of multiple loyalty programs.
They are acting like a company that wants to be acquired, rather than expand to new areas. This is very unfortunate since US Cellular has been known for having very good network quality and customer service in the areas they served.