We saw the aftermath of T-Mobile's 'Uncarrier' promotion and early upgrades – Verizon, AT&T and Sprint all designed their own plans…well it seems that U.S. Cellular is now announcing their own no-contract plans and early upgrade programs today. The plans and rules are pretty close to what the 'Big Four' are pushing, only slightly cheaper in price. We would expect cheaper plans from U.S. Cellular as they are a discounted carrier with rather spotty coverage across the U.S. – but if you live in an area that U.S. Cellular works, then these might be the ideal plans for you to save yourself some money. Grant Leech, Vice President of Brand Marketing for U.S. Cellular said:
"At U.S. Cellular, we want to give our customers a best-in-class network along with the plans and devices that give them access to the experiences that make their lives better. These new offerings are designed to give customers freedom and flexibility to choose the right plan for their needs."
U.S. Cellular is now allowing customers to purchase a new device with $0 down on their new Simple Connect programs as well as their Shared Connect Plans (formerly Shared Data) with customers simply making monthly payments added to their wireless bill, that are applied to the price of the device.
There are three different Simple Connect programs offered all include unlimited talk and messaging – the first is a basic $40 a month plan for a basic phone that offers unlimited slow data – next is a $50 a month plan that offers 500MB of high-speed data – the third is a $60 a month plan that offers up to 2GB of high-speed data. The new Retail Installment Contract option requires you to pay the tax up front, however, you can divide the payments for the device over a 24 month period and have that amount added to your monthly wireless bill.
To help kick off their new programs, U.S. Cellular will pay off customer's old contracts, up to $350 per line, if they choose a Shared Connect plan and choose the Retail Installment Contract. For those that port their numbers over from another carrier and have already sent in their final bill with the Early Termination Fee (ETF) included – they will receive a prepaid debit card for that amount. This offer is for a limited time only, so if U.S. Cellular's service covers your area, this could be a good deal for you. They are in partnership with King Street Wireless, headquartered in Alexandria, VA and cover 27 states and claim that 90-percent of their users can get their 4G LTE services.
Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you have U.S. Cellular service in your area – if you use them – and what do you think of their service…we would love to hear from you.