U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless, on Thursday announced new markets that will be blanketed with 4G LTE service by the end of 2012. The new markets, which will cover 54% of all of U.S. Cellular’s subscribers, include: select cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. U.S. Cellular identified some, but not all, of the cities in those states that will receive coverage, including: Rockford and Peoria, Illinois; Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri; Manchester, New Hampshire; Wilmington and Jacksonville, North Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Medford, Oregon; Knoxville, Tennessee; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia; Yakima and the Tri-Cities, Washington; Morgantown, West Virginia. and LaCrosse and Beloit, Wisconsin. U.S. Cellular will sell 4G LTE devices in all of its stores, but currently only offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator.
U.S. CELLULAR ANNOUNCES NEXT 4G LTE MARKETS AND MOBILE HOTSPOT AVAILABILITY
Millions more customers will have access to faster 4G LTE speeds
CHICAGO (Feb. 16, 2012) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM), in conjunction with its partner, King Street Wireless, announced the next markets that will experience high-speed 4G LTE services. In the second half of 2012, customers in more than 3,600 additional cities and towns in urban and rural areas will have access to 4G LTE speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G and similar to a cable Internet connection. In addition, the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot will join the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 and Samsung Galaxy S® Aviator™ smartphone in U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE device line-up in the spring, and the company will launch a 4G LTE modem and additional 4G LTE smartphones throughout the rest of the year.
4G LTE speeds provide an enhanced wireless experience with faster web browsing, smooth video streaming, video chatting with no buffering and speedy app downloads. 4G LTE devices will be available in all U.S. Cellular stores beginning with the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 next month, so customers can purchase the devices when they are available and use them on U.S. Cellular’s high-quality 3G network, and receive all of the benefits of 4G LTE speeds when it comes to their area.
By the end of 2012, 54 percent of customers will be able to enjoy the faster 4G LTE speeds. The additional markets include select cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Some of the cities included are in the areas of Rockford and Peoria, Ill.; Columbia and Jefferson City, Mo.; Manchester, N.H.; Wilmington and Jacksonville, N.C.; Tulsa, Okla.; Medford, Ore.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va.; Yakima and the Tri-Cities, Wash.; Morgantown, W. Va. and LaCrosse and Beloit, Wis.
“We’re excited to bring access to 4G LTE speeds along with a growing line-up of cutting-edge 4G LTE devices to more customers across the country later this year,” said Mary N. Dillon, president and CEO of U.S. Cellular. “With this 4G LTE network expansion, customers will have faster connections to the people, information and entertainment that enhance and simplify their lives and help them stay organized.”
The Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot provides Internet connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. Users will have the freedom to connect any Wi-Fi enabled device, including laptops, tablets, e-readers and smartphones, to the 4G LTE network for instant access to the fastest speeds on-the-go. At only 2.7 ounces, the Hotspot is small enough to fit in your pocket but has the power to bring the Internet at 4G LTE speeds to friends, family and co-workers wherever you need it. Additional 4G LTE devices will be announced at a later date.
The 4G LTE network builds on the 3G data services that U.S. Cellular customers already enjoy on the carrier’s nationwide network. U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier, along with the only points-based rewards program in wireless. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.