Profile: United States Cellular Corp (USM.N)
9 Dec 2013
United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular) incorporated on December 22, 1983 is a wireless telecommunications service provider. At December 31, 2012, U.S. Cellular's provided wireless voice and data services to approximately 5.8 million customers in five geographic market areas in 26 states. U.S. Cellular is a majority-owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. U.S. Cellular uses roaming agreements with other wireless carriers to provide service to its customers in areas not covered by U.S. Cellular's network. U.S. Cellular's ownership interests in wireless licenses include both consolidated and investment interests in licenses covering portions of 36 states and a total population of 93.2 million as of December 31, 2012.
U.S. Cellular's postpaid customers are able to choose from a variety of national plans with voice, messaging and data pricing that are designed to fit different customer needs, usage patterns and budgets. U.S. Cellular offers national consumer plans with both bundled and unbundled options. Many plans enable small work groups or families to share the plan minutes. U.S. Cellular's national plans price all calls, regardless of where they are made or received in the United States, as local calls with no long distance or roaming charges. As of December 31, 2012, all incoming calls, texts, and picture messages were free on offered plans. In addition U.S. Cellular offers prepaid service plans, which include voice minutes, messaging and data in a variety of ways for a monthly fee. In May 2012, U.S. Cellular began offering U Prepaid, a no contract wireless service in select Walmart stores In October 2012, U.S. Cellular began offering a postpaid option through Walmart.
U.S. Cellular offers multimedia services, including Digital Radio, Mobile television (TV) and three dimensional (3D) Gaming, over its 4G LTE and 3G networks. U.S. Cellular's easyedgeSM brand of enhanced data services uses a Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) technology which adds limited computer-like functionality to non-smartphone wireless devices, enabling applications to be downloaded over-the-air directly to the customer's wireless device. These enhanced data services include news, weather, sports, information, games, ring tones and other services.
U.S. Cellular offers a range of wireless devices such as handsets, modems, mobile hotspots and tablets for use by its customers. In addition, U.S. Cellular offers a range of accessories, such as carrying cases, hands-free devices, batteries, battery chargers, memory cards and other items to customers. U.S. Cellular also sells wireless devices to agents and other third-party distributors for resale.
The Company competes with Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA., Leap Wireless International.
United States Cellular Corp
Suite 700, 8410 West Bryn Mawr A
CHICAGO IL 60631