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US Cellular to Expand 4G LTE Coverage in 13 States

These days, every wireless carrier is practically begging for your business with attractive deals and competitive pricing, and it’s not just the incumbent giants who are joining in the frenzy. US Cellular only yesterday announced that it will pay your ETF to switch to new plans like its contract-free Simple Connect, and today revealed that it’s expanding 4G LTE coverage in 13 states. 

US Cellular’s network buildout is focused squarely on small and mid-sized cities, so those beyond the border of a metropolis may be out of luck. That said, the carrier maintained that its addition of more than 1,200 4G LTE cell towers would provide coverage to more than 93 percent of customers by the end of 2014.

New markets include Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Carolina. States with enhanced service are Iowa, Illinois, Maine, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Cities set to receive 4G LTE soon are Oklahoma City, Emporia, Kan., and Door County, Wis.

The press release is attached for your perusal. Keep the improvements coming, carriers!


*CHICAGO (April 8, 2014) – *U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM), in conjunction withits partner, King Street Wireless, announced that it will be adding morethan 1,200 4G LTE cell sites in 2014 and expanding existing 4G LTE servicein 13 states. By the end of 2014, more than 93 percent of U.S. Cellularcustomers will have access to 4G LTE speeds that are up to 10 times fasterthan 3G.

This latest U.S. Cellular network expansion adds vast 4G LTE coverage inKansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Carolina and also bringsadditional 4G LTE service to areas in Iowa, Illinois, Maine, SouthCarolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Some of the new citiesthat will receive 4G LTE speeds are Oklahoma City, Emporia, Kan., and areasof Door County, Wis.

“We are a community carrier that is focused on small and mid-size cities,and we provide a network that works where our customers live, work andplay,” said Michael S. Irizarry, executive vice president and chieftechnology officer. “This network expansion brings fast 4G LTE speeds toareas that other carriers ignore, and we will continue to provide ourcustomers the best-in-class network, devices and technology that gives themaccess to experiences that enrich their lives.”

4G LTE speeds provide an enhanced wireless experience with fast webbrowsing, smooth video streaming, video chatting and speedy app downloads.U.S. Cellular keeps customers connected with devices for a variety ofneeds, from 4G LTE smartphones, tablets, and hotspots to vehicle monitoringand home phone solutions.

U.S. Cellular customers get more compared to other wireless carriers,including a rewards program that recognizes loyalty, great customer serviceand a network that covers you wherever you want to go. For more informationabout the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.

*4G LTE not available in all areas. See uscellular.com/4G
<http://uscellular.com/4G> for detailed coverage info. 4G LTE service isprovided in partnership with King Street Wireless. LTE is a trademark ofETSI. *

*About King Street Wireless, L.P.*
King Street Wireless, L.P. currently holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27states and is partnering with Chicago-based U.S. Cellular to deliverhigh-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular’s customers in several of thecarrier’s markets. King Street Wireless is headquartered in Alexandria,Virginia where it is recognized for its involvement in its community boththrough its economic development and philanthropic efforts. To learn moreabout King Street Wireless, visit

*About U.S. Cellular*
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits andindustry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience.The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices thatare all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call qualityof any national carrier. Currently, nearly 90 percent of customers haveaccess to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power andAssociates Customer Service Champion in 2014 for the third time in fouryears. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores oruscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect withU.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular andYouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

  • Today, I walked off the CTA platform in Chicago and saw the giant corporate US Cellular building. I think it was funny how their headquarters remains in a city they abandoned all while leaving a baseball field named after their company. Then I remembered that USCC told me for about a year and a half to expect LTE “in a few months”, when it obviously never came. Finally, I changed carriers and just a few months later, USCC sold their spectrum.

    So glad I’m done with that company.

  • Still no love for New Hampshire 🙁 They haven’t touched LTE since 2012.

  • Damian

    I can see someone else buying them. Any guesses who?

    • michael arazan

      I don’t see anyone buying them with their limited coverage, plus I thought they leased/ piggy backed other cell towers.

  • T4rd

    Do they own their own network or are they a MNVO for another carrier?

    • duke69111

      I’m not 100% certain, but In Kansas I think they own their own network.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Wikipedia: US Cellular “owns and operates the fifth-largest wireless telecommunications network in the United States.”

    • TylerCameron

      They run and operate their own network and off-network, they run off Verizon’s voice and 3G network.

  • Michael


    • Kyle Wiggers

      Not for US Cellular prospective/current customers.

      • TylerCameron

        Why would someone be a US Cellular customer? They charge the same as Verizon but without the nationwide LTE network. How does that work?