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We don’t hear as much about US Cellular as we do the other major carriers. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, but the nation’s fifth largest carrier is making a push to change that. In a bid to expand their customer base, the Chicago-based CDMA service provider is looking to sweeten the deal by offering a 6GB data plan for only $40 per month.

However, this plan does involve a two-year contract. The trend in the industry is currently seeing the big four moving away from contracts, so you might want to consider your options carefully before making a commitment all the way through 2018. If you’re opening a new line of service with US Cellular, they’re sweetening the deal by sending you a $150 promotional card. They’ll send you another $150 if you’re transferring your number from a different service provider, so that means US Cellular wants your business to the tune of $300.

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To get the full scoop on what US Cellular is bringing to the table, click the button below to read the press release they sent out earlier today. As always, before swapping to a new carrier, you should make sure that service will be available in the areas you frequent.


CHICAGO (Jan. 8, 2016) – New and current U.S. Cellular customers will have another reason to celebrate the new year by taking advantage of the latest deals the national wireless carrier launched today. Beginning today in stores and online, customers can receive 6 GB of data for only $40 per month, and all new lines of service are eligible for a $150 promotional card at the point of sale. Customers who port in their number and trade in their device will receive an additional $150 promotional card by mail.

“To kick off 2016 in style, we wanted to offer customers a unique and value-packed plan so they can get the most out of their smartphones, tablets and other connected devices,” said Joe Settimi, vice president of marketing for U.S. Cellular. “By offering an additional $300 incentive to switch to us, we are inviting everyone to enjoy the benefits of a high-quality network with nationwide coverage and to experience a wireless carrier that truly cares about its customers.”

U.S. Cellular is also offering 50 percent off the monthly device connection charges on select connected devices. With this discount, tablets can be added to a Shared Connect plan for only $5 per month, Home Phone for $10 per month, and the Router + Home Phone for $15 per month, making it easy to share data on multiple devices. This provides more ways to stay connected to people who matter most and access important information quickly and easily.

In addition to the deals mentioned above, if a current customer refers a friend to U.S. Cellular, and the friend chooses to activate a smartphone on a Shared Connect plan, they both will receive $50.

Data and Switcher Offer requires Retail Installment Contract, Shared Connect Plan, $25 Act. Fee, Device Protection+ and Smartphone trade-in. $300 = $150 Promo Card instantly at point of sale + $150 Promo Card via mail within 6–8 weeks. U.S. Cellular® Promo Cards issued by MetaBank,® Member FDIC. Valid for purchase in-store or online. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. See for details. 4G LTE service may be provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Other restrictions apply.[/press]

So, that’s how US Cellular is kicking off the New Year. What do you guys think? A tempting offer, or not sweet enough for you? What would it take for you to throw in your lot with US Cellular? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • TMorob

    Don’t you think T-Mobile had something to do with that? I mean they were the first carrier to offer no contacts and even offering more then $300 to transfer to them!

    • Buster95

      You mean Deutsche Telekom, right ?

      • TMorob

        Nope Deutsche Telekom is T-Mobile parent company. We are talking about US based carriers here and T-Mobile while mentioned is compared to being no different then the other three. When they are the ones responsible for changing the industry. Just because a lowly number 5 carrier wants to try and copy what T-Mobile started. I think this publication should give T-Mobile some credit.

        • Goblin Shark

          Don’t you mean T(hrottling)-Mobile? And I’m not sure what you mean by this publication should give them some credit, they’ve been going down on T(hrottling)-Mobile for the last 2 years. It’s kind of refreshing to read an article where they’re not fawning all over them for once.

  • deogratius tesha

    For 40 dollars i’d be hetting about 160+gb

  • jerry

    Poor americans are getting ripped off so hard. I have unlimited calls, sms and 5 GB for only 7.82 eur.

    • Dono

      Where are you living?

    • And you pay 5x more for gasoline than we do. I spend way more on gas per month than a cell phone bill, so don’t feel sorry for us!

  • Avieshek Rajkhowa

    In the age of HDR 4K resolution followed by future 8K FUHD resolution, it’s time cellular data moves to two digit number atleast from the mere 1, 2, 3, 4GB… Limitations

    • Alex Ohannes

      Tell me how that is a truly big issue. Yes, data plans need to get bigger and cheaper, but your “reason” for wanting it is not a very good one to sell your opinion with. Think about it. The only 4k phone in the world can’t even play YouTube in 4k. The specific reason that you gave for your complaint is (thankfully) way ahead of its time.

      • Avieshek Rajkhowa

        Why do we need 4K phone. That’s not sole reason to go beyond.
        People are touching “terabytes” of data and wh’t ‘m implementing is atleast the 10GB data has to be offered as 1GB

  • Alex Ohannes

    Wow. They still have a bit of work to do. I’m in the USA, and I get 5 gigs a month with unlimited 2g afterwards for 30 bucks a month, and no contract is needed. Also, services like music freedom and binge on apply to me, so Spotify and Google Play Music (the two that I use) are never throttled even after five gigabytes are used.

  • Daniel Herrera

    I have unlimited data from Sprint. I have 4G LTE where I live. I use more than 10 gigs every month.

    • Frank Bank

      i bet you pay out the wahoo

  • Ashur Khan

    Actually, a contract is not necessary for the $40 6GB plan. I work at U.S. Cellular.

    • Frank Bank

      that’s cool do you get free wifi and Bluetooth

  • Joe

    I am paying $45 a month (3gb of data) with a Moto e US Cellular no contract plan. Can I switch to the $40, 6GB plan that US Cellular is offering and use my present phone?

    • Frank Bank

      no because they won’t let you