U.S. Cellular Announces LTE Plans
25% of Customers in 24 Markets by Christmas
According to a new announcement
by U.S. Cellular, the company plans to launch an LTE network "in time for the holidays." More specifically, the nation's sixth-largest wireless company (right behind Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and MetroPCS), says they'll be offering LTE service to more than 25 percent of its customers across two dozen markets, with the help of partner King Street Wireless. The staggered deployment will begin with launches in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin. "More details on the next phases of the company’s 4G LTE deployment will be announced at a later date," says the company.
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Re: tethering ?
said by droobie:I really wish Sprint would sign a 3G roaming deal with US Cellular. Then again, down here in York County US cellular coverage really lacks. I think maine is one of there larger markets so it is no surprise that Portland and Bangor areas are getting LTE. Plus, I think they are trying to beat Verizon and Sprint to the punch since they both seem to be neglecting us. said by DaveDude:
I wonder if US cellular offers tethering on their smartphones ?
Yes for 15$/mo. They don't enforce it, but they do charge for it. USCC has a 5GB/mo cap on their latest smartphone plans, but, from what I see, they don't have hard and fast rules to enforce it.
All in all, I'm quite happy with their service. Their customer service is fantastic and their network serves me very well.
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Re: tethering ?
said by swintec:It makes good sense for US Cellular to not give away access to their newest technologies. It also makes sense for national carriers to offer the best of their network to USCC for roaming. USCC's roaming revenue in the areas they don't serve are worth something to Verizon but USCC keeping their newest technologies to themselves retains their own customers in competitive markets.
I really wish Sprint would sign a 3G roaming deal with US Cellular. Then again, down here in York County US cellular coverage really lacks. I think maine is one of there larger markets so it is no surprise that Portland and Bangor areas are getting LTE. Plus, I think they are trying to beat Verizon and Sprint to the punch since they both seem to be neglecting us.
I haven't really have any problems with US Cellular in York County. I roam on Verizon in the places that don't have native service but my phone seems to roam little there. This may not be so great for prepaid customers, though.
I started a call in the Kennebunkport/Wells area and rode it until I got close to Somersworth. Strafford county NH is a roaming area because there are no spectrum blocks available for them to buy.
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said by IowaMan:uhm too bad LTE is not wimax.
I just got a WiMax enabled notebook recently, (Samsung RC-512) Now, If the price is reasonable say $20 or so I can have Internet every ware.
good luck making it work.
Re: Verizon Extended Network
said by IowaCowboy:Verizon doesn't roam EVDO on USCC's network, but USCC roams EVDO on Verizon's network. I think you'll find that Verizon will not be roaming LTE on USCC.
I wonder if Verizon customers with LTE devices will be able to utilize the LTE signal in markets where US Cellular has LTE but Verizon is still on EVDO Rev. A
Re: Verizon Extended Network
said by CaptainRR:AT&T also has their own 700 blocks since they acquired them from the defunct Flo TV. They also had their own as an overlay for most of their locations with 850 networks.
You are right, when roaming on the US Cellular network with a Verizon phone all you will get is 1x. The funny thing about Verizons LTE deployment this year is it includes Hagerstown, MD? In Hagerstown US Cellular is king with no Verizon service. Once most of these new LTE networks get deployed is when we get to find out who will be roaming on who's network down the road. But of course big red has there own block of spectrum for LTE, so they can deply were ever they please.
LTE gives an opportunity to make roaming very interesting ultimately amongst national carriers. This is a rare situation to have everyone on the same protocol (less Sprint, which intends to go LTE soon, so the rumors suggest).
I'm kinda curious what Dish Network (Echostar / Frontier Wireless) intends to do with their 700 spectrum as well.
USCC I have USCC, and I can tell you that sometimes in Verizon areas, data will lock up. It will load 99% of a page, then stop and kick you out. But since I left AT&T in 2006, I have been extremely pleased with the network, the service, and the plan offerings.
As has been said, the most recent Belief plans have been capped at 5GB but I haven't seen anything about overages. Also, their ads have been calling it "plenty" of data, not unlimited, so I have to give it to them for at least being honest in their advertising. But you basically get what Sprint is offering without the $10 fee. I'd test this out to let people know, but it's not like you can do video on a Blackberry or anything too bandwidth intensive.
Their phone offerings are pretty weak though, they don't partner with Motorola, mainly LG, Kyocera, Samsung and RIM. I could get a new phone, but I'm stuck with my Blackberry because of the poor options. Their Android options are uninspiring to say the least.
USCC beat AT&T by over a year to have 3G here in Western MD. They're pretty much the only companies who market here. You can get Sprint and T-Mobile, but no one sells either, so no one really has them, and those who tried find very poor coverage. In most USCC areas I've been in, you can't get Verizon, so I've always figured Verizon would snap them up.