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Breaking News: U.S. Cellular pulling out of Chicago and other Midwest Markets

Posted by ForzaManny , in US Cellular News and Rumors 07 November 2012 · 7,295 views

Reports are coming in this morning that U.S. Cellular has sold its existing customer base to Sprint Nextel Corp for 480 Million.

The sale includes PCS Spectrum and about 500,000 customers. Roughly 10% of all U.S. Cellular's customer base. If the reports are accurate, that would help explain many decisions U.S. Cellular has made up to this point, such as starting to sell through Walmart stores.

U.S. Cellular is stating that they will continue to have associates in Chicago and are committed to Chicago and their relationship to the Chicago Whitesox. How? We do not know.

The deal is not expected to go though until summer of 2013 and of course, is subject to regulatory approval. You can consider this deal done though, we don't see how this wont be approved.

We will report more as we get more updates, but the question remains simple. How do you feel about it? will you be staying on board?
It's hard to argue with some positive aspects of this deal. Better phone selection? 4G in Chicago?

What about the downside?

This has come as a shock to everyone at TUSCC. What does this mean for the remaining U.S. Cellular Markets? Is there a merger on the horizon? Will U.S. Cellular be carved out and taken over by other larger wireless carriers?

There's just to much uncertainty in the wireless world today, and it seems like unless you are ATT or Verizon, troubling times are ahead.




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FarewellBlackberry
Nov 07 2012 09:41 AM
This is not good. Sprint is *the* worst carrier. Quality of service, customer satisfaction, coverage. Awful. I'd take USCC with 3G and a limited phone selection anytime over Sprint and their 4G. It's still a phone so I actually do care about reception and dropped calls even if the data throughput is not as high as some of the competitors. Perhaps Sprint will improve since they've been acquired by a larger company with more capital. But it will take a long time...
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luckyshot000
Nov 07 2012 09:57 AM
The markets affected are Illinois, Indian, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. So, here in Iowa I'm 'safe' although with that big of a chunk carved out I wonder how long it will be before we are absorbed into another company. I also wonder how it will affect service, both customer and the system, for those that remain.
Wow. Just dumped Sprint for USCC in July. I'm in Wisconsin though. Wonder what's going to happen to us? At least I've got 4G...
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pistolpetefan23
Nov 07 2012 11:19 AM
Wisconsin, especially rural areas, is one of their biggest strongholds. I wouldn't expect anything here unless there was a complete company sale.
this sucks... uscc definitely has the best voice coverage by my place in indiana. now i can either raise my monthly bill to get taken over by verizon which is the next best voice option or try to find some kind of prepaid option. sprint and att's coverage is a joke and tmobile is virtually nonexistent
USCC was floundering in Chicago anyway. It's the only smartphone carrier in the area that offers no 4G service (and none planned), meaning it's customer base was certainly shrinking and no way to turn it around. Spectrum is everything for 4G and USCC just doesn't have any in these markets it's abandoning.

I was thinking of buying the new Nexus 4 and going with StraightTalk anyway. But this announcement does make it harder for me to sell my GS3 - in Chicago anyway.
Here is a little bit more info, but not much.
http://www.chicagotr...0,6960450.story
U.S. Cellular has put together a web site with a lot of FAQs and information: http://uscellularinfo.com/
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Dark Reality
Nov 07 2012 04:15 PM
I thought they were based out of Chicago. This is not good.

I'm in NC, but if they lose the Midwest, how long will it be before they lose the rest?

If Sprint gets all US Cellular's towers, and I can keep getting signal at home, I wouldn't mind switching to Sprint. A friend of mine works for them, says they're the best of the big three. Plus, they get better phones (kinda want a Nexus after the Motorola no-more-updates controversy).
Sprint is not getting the USCC towers, they are just buying the spectrum. Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense if USCC has towers in the affected areas, but obviously cannot use them, unless they are using them for roaming only, which again doesn't make sense.
I was actually hoping Sprint had purchased Iowa spectrum so I could finally have an iPhone. I know there are plenty of haters out there but USCC will continue losing customers until it is on a level playing field with the other carriers.
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John Vincent
Nov 07 2012 10:02 PM

USCC was floundering in Chicago anyway. It's the only smartphone carrier in the area that offers no 4G service (and none planned), meaning it's customer base was certainly shrinking and no way to turn it around. Spectrum is everything for 4G and USCC just doesn't have any in these markets it's abandoning.

I was thinking of buying the new Nexus 4 and going with StraightTalk anyway. But this announcement does make it harder for me to sell my GS3 - in Chicago anyway.


Spot on.

I jumped ship a couple weeks ago to Simple Mobile prepaid, since USCC decided theybwouldnt offer the phone I wanted. Way better coverage running off of tmobiles network.

Today's announcement makes me feel even better about my decision. Think I'll have to use up my belief points before I close my account, get some nice devices on Black Friday and resell them at a profit on ebay.
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Just remember if you cancel after getting a new phone USCC will try to charge you for the subsidy they provided on the phone. I have no clue if they actually get away with it but just prepare yourself, they want the phone back.
I'm curious if the 585,000 customer going to Sprint will have to sign contracts or get to stay on their current plan and keep gaining points/no contracts/ good reception?
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John Vincent
Nov 07 2012 10:43 PM

I'm curious if the 585,000 customer going to Sprint will have to sign contracts or get to stay on their current plan and keep gaining points/no contracts/ good reception?


I'm curious if the 585,000 customer going to Sprint will have to sign contracts or get to stay on their current plan and keep gaining points/no contracts/ good reception?


Definitely a question that I'm sure a lot of people want answered.
My gut feeling is sprint is going to have to let people out if they want out, with the option of a new deal on sprint, as well as offering to honor the current plans for those affected.
But I can't see belief points etc still happening.

Happiest customers in wireless...until we decide to sell you like cattle. Smile when you say moo! ;)
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John Vincent
Nov 07 2012 10:47 PM
Interesting thought just occurred to me. I wonder if they had this scenario in mind when they kicked people off of grandfathered plans last summer, so as to make a purchase more appealing to a potential buyer.

Today's announcement makes me feel even better about my decision. Think I'll have to use up my belief points before I close my account, get some nice devices on Black Friday and resell them at a profit on ebay.


Yeah, USCC's Black Friday deals are a joke (http://teamuscellula...ed-updated-117/). At least compared to what I'm seeing on blackfriday.com. Buying with Belief points will be just as bad I'm sure. If I end up jumping ship, mebbe I'll use them to grab some bluetooth headsets and stuff.

I don't see Sprint honoring belief points either, seeing as they have no equivalent. Use 'em up while you can!
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John Vincent
Nov 08 2012 02:10 PM

John Vincent, on , said:


Today's announcement makes me feel even better about my decision. Think I'll have to use up my belief points before I close my account, get some nice devices on Black Friday and resell them at a profit on ebay.

Yeah, USCC's Black Friday deals are a joke (http://teamuscellula...ed-updated-117/). At least compared to what I'm seeing on blackfriday.com. Buying with Belief points will be just as bad I'm sure. If I end up jumping ship, mebbe I'll use them to grab some bluetooth headsets and stuff.

I don't see Sprint honoring belief points either, seeing as they have no equivalent. Use 'em up while you can!


A very good idea
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FarewellBlackberry
Nov 09 2012 09:31 AM

Sprint is not getting the USCC towers, they are just buying the spectrum. Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense if USCC has towers in the affected areas, but obviously cannot use them, unless they are using them for roaming only, which again doesn't make sense.


I used to work in cell site construction. Sprint has worse reception than the other carriers because their towers are in worse locations. When the time came to build towers in Chicago US Cellular, Verizon, and AT&T already beat them to the best locations. If Sprint will take on additional US Cellular customers and not keep the best tower locations in Chicago (they were the first to build them), reception will be abysmal. 4G only matters if you can pick up the signal.

Just remember if you cancel after getting a new phone USCC will try to charge you for the subsidy they provided on the phone. I have no clue if they actually get away with it but just prepare yourself, they want the phone back.


I'm curious how this works: if I've been on a Belief plan for a couple years, have earned points for a discounted phone upgrade, and go ahead and pay to do a device upgrade at my designated time and then shortly thereafter cancel my service, why would I have to pay some sort of "penalty"? I thought the whole point of the Belief plan was that after 2 years there was no more contract renewals?

Are there terms and conditions posted somewhere that show the fine print about this?

Edit add'l note: I'm well past my "contract end date" as shown on the MyAccount page, if that matters or not.

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