Over the last few months, we have seen a shift in 4G data plans. Not even six months ago, Sprint was the only big carrier to give unlimited 4G data. Of course, their LTE isn't available nationwide yet. However, people with WiMAX phones can still enjoy unlimited data. Not long ago, T-Mobile joined the unlimited 4G data train. Smaller carriers like MetroPCS have begun their own unlimited 4G data campaigns. Now, US Cellular joins the hunt.
While US Cellular has a nationwide footprint in terms of phone and text service, their 4G data is still kind of sparse. According to their coverage map, there are blips of 4G scattered around the eastern, central, and western United States. Having a 4G unlimited plan will be great for people in those areas.
The plans themselves are simple. For $40 a month, customers can have unlimited data. That's $10 more than T-Mobile's data package and $30 more than Sprint's mandatory $10 unlimited data add on for smartphones. In terms of overall pricing, they all fall into the $89.99-$109.99 range. If you'd like unlimited 4G tethering, it'll run you an extra $20.
Will US Cellular gain some market share with unlimited 4G?
Well, they are certainly going to try. Their plans are competitively priced with other national carriers, so they likely won't get people to switch based on price. In areas where their 4G service is, they may be able to get customers off of AT&T and Verizon, who still don't have unlimited plans.
Unlimited data is always a positive thing when it comes to deciding which carrier to select. Now US Cellular is among those where customers don't have to worry about overages. Does this make US Cellular a more viable option for your service? Let us know.