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U.S. Cellular plans to blanket 87% of customers with LTE by end of 2013
Back in November, U.S. Cellular started offering new 4G LTE data plans for its customers, giving them unlimited access to blazing-fast data speeds. While the carrier’s 4G LTE coverage can’t be compared to Verizon yet, more markets are expected to get 4G LTE later this year.
If you’re wondering when the service will hit your area, check out the regional carrier’s LTE expansion plan for 2013.
U.S. Cellular promises that it’ll be bringing 4G LTE to cities in California, Kansas, and Nebraska by the end of 2013. The existing service will also be expanded to include additional cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
If it all goes to plan, 87% of U.S. Cellular customers will be covered by 4G LTE before the end of the year, up from 61%.
LTE-equipped devices that customers can purchase include the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. The Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE might be up for grabs soon.
U.S. Cellular Announces Next Markets To Receive 4G LTE Service In 2013
Millions more customers will have access to faster 4G LTE speeds
CHICAGO (Feb. 14, 2013) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM), in conjunction with its partner, King Street Wireless, announced the next markets that will receive high-speed 4G LTE services. By the end of 2013, customers in more than 3,800 additional cities and towns will have access to 4G LTE speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G and similar to a cable Internet connection. Currently, 61 percent of U.S. Cellular customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent are expected to be covered by the end of the year.
New 4G LTE service will be launched in select cities in California, Kansas and Nebraska and existing 4G LTE service will be expanded to include additional cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Some of the new cities that will receive 4G LTE include Lincoln, Neb., Omaha, Neb., Manhattan, Kan., Eureka, Calif. and Ukiah, Calif.
4G LTE speeds provide an enhanced wireless experience with fast web browsing, smooth video streaming, video chatting with no buffering and speedy app downloads. U.S. Cellular currently offers 10 4G LTE devices, including smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S® III and Samsung Galaxy Note® II, in addition to a tablet, hotspots and a wireless modem.
“We’re continuously improving our customer experience, so we’re excited to offer 4G LTE speeds to nearly all of our customers by the end of 2013,” said Michael S. Irizarry, executive vice president and chief technology officer. “This 4G LTE network expansion, along with our growing line-up of 4G LTE devices, will make customers’ lives simpler and easier with quick access to important information and entertainment on their devices.”
The 4G LTE network builds on the 3G data services that U.S. Cellular customers have enjoyed on the carrier’s nationwide network. U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier, along with a valuable rewards program that recognizes loyalty. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.
4G LTE not available in all areas. See uscellular.com/4G for detailed coverage info. 4G LTE service is provided in partnership with King Street Wireless. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.