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US Cellular Shared Data Announced - More Details

snodrog742

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blog-0926650001375551005.pngWell, US Cellular is finally catching up to the rest of the world but could it be too late? After TOPS conversion fiasco that still plagues many and support or in store lines that are taking hours to be helped - things are not looking bright in many aspects for US Cellular. Regardless, they are still pushing forward and officially announced Shared Data on their earnings call. Here's what a tip has told us:

Launch Date

Roughly the third week in September. This coincides with the iPhone launch time as well

Availability

Current customers will still have the option to keep grandfathered plan or choose to switch as usual. New customers MUST choose a shared data plan unless it is adding a line to a grandfathered plan.

There will also be a feature phone only plan with a limited amount of minutes but the rest appear to be shared data plans.

Features/Benefits

  • Unlimited talk and messaging
  • Tethering included
  • Will earn Belief Points (yay! -_-)
  • Can connect up to 10 devices per plan

Price

Exactly like Verizon is what we're being told. I don't have specific comparisons but personally, I've checked Verizon prices and would easily pay $75 more right now.

Who's going to choose US Cellular over Verizon if prices are exact same but can get larger phone selection and faster data speeds?

That's all we've got for now. Ready for the debate below but things just aren't making sense with US Cellular right now. Will you be staying or will you even still be recommending US Cellular? I definitely need more info on these prices to answer those questions!



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I see 10 devices per plan.  Does anybody know if the maximum lines per personal account has changed?  I currently manage 9 lines among 3 accounts. I would call USCC and ask myself, but yeah...

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10 lines has always been the maximum but the old billing system could only have six per plan.  So some accounts had to "stack" one family plan at 6 and one at 4.  

 

That limitation being removed you can now go up to 10 on the same plan with the new ones, including the more generous vertical pricing.  

 

for example instead of, say, one Family voice and messaging unlimited at 99, four more lines at 20 for a total of 179.99, then another plan at 99.99 and two more lines at 20 for a total of 139.99 for a grand total of 319.99 it would be more along the lines of two lines at 99, then 8 more at 20 for a total of 269.99.  The plans will also be changing so that's not an exact comparison but it is a general idea of what the change means for super-users.

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Obviously it is a little early yet, but if the initial rumor is true about same pricing as verizon then US cellular is only going to go downhill...what happened to providing value?

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It's not a rumor. Funny thing is they model verizons current prices. Verizon is about to change their price structure at the end of August to be slightly cheaper and offer no contract pricing like to mobile.

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It's not a rumor. Funny thing is they model verizons current prices. Verizon is about to change their price structure at the end of August to be slightly cheaper and offer no contract pricing like to mobile.

 

Wow, I don't see that going over very well at all. Charging the same is already ridiculous let alone more.

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With VZW announcing new rates later this month, and USCC announcing their new shared plans a month after that, my guess is that USCC will come to their senses. USCC may have to adjust their prices accordingly before the launch. If they do not, and I'm ever forced on one of their new plans, I will just go back to Verizon anyway. At least I would then be with a company that gives true national service, and a better selection of phones. As you guys have said, why does anybody want to be with a tier 2 company charging tier 1 prices? And, I must say, introduction of the iPhone brings negative changes to customers who once received the best deals in wireless. I saw it happen with Sprint, and to a lesser extent, Verizon. I guess it's necessary, so that USCC can be the last carrier to cater to the sheeple! 

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Is it official that Verizon is changing their rates? I thought they had come out and said that they would not change their monthly service fees when they added the Edge program...that was part of peoples problem with the program...with Verizon you take part in Edge and your basically paying for the same phone twice?  I hope that Verizon does adjust its prices and drop lower, because I would seriously consider them at this point...Unless USCC can wow me with something...because the network is sure junk right now in my area.  

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10 lines has always been the maximum but the old billing system could only have six per plan.  So some accounts had to "stack" one family plan at 6 and one at 4.  

 

That limitation being removed you can now go up to 10 on the same plan with the new ones, including the more generous vertical pricing.  

 

for example instead of, say, one Family voice and messaging unlimited at 99, four more lines at 20 for a total of 179.99, then another plan at 99.99 and two more lines at 20 for a total of 139.99 for a grand total of 319.99 it would be more along the lines of two lines at 99, then 8 more at 20 for a total of 269.99.  The plans will also be changing so that's not an exact comparison but it is a general idea of what the change means for super-users.

I called USCC CS and the woman said that 6 lines is still the maximum and that I'd have to go into a store to get my accounts combined.  I'd like to get this done with a minimum of hassle as the accounts are in my wife's name (she gets a hefty state employee discount) so I'd have to drag her into the mess and that means I gotta make it as quick and easy as possible.  

Any suggestions on how to get ahold of a competent CS who knows what's going on?  Is the store my best bet?  If they say still only 6 per line how do I convince them otherwise?  

 

TIA

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10 lines has always been the maximum but the old billing system could only have six per plan.  So some accounts had to "stack" one family plan at 6 and one at 4.  

 

That limitation being removed you can now go up to 10 on the same plan with the new ones, including the more generous vertical pricing.  

 

for example instead of, say, one Family voice and messaging unlimited at 99, four more lines at 20 for a total of 179.99, then another plan at 99.99 and two more lines at 20 for a total of 139.99 for a grand total of 319.99 it would be more along the lines of two lines at 99, then 8 more at 20 for a total of 269.99.  The plans will also be changing so that's not an exact comparison but it is a general idea of what the change means for super-users.

I called USCC CS and the woman said that 6 lines is still the maximum and that I'd have to go into a store to get my accounts combined.  I'd like to get this done with a minimum of hassle as the accounts are in my wife's name (she gets a hefty state employee discount) so I'd have to drag her into the mess and that means I gotta make it as quick and easy as possible.  

Any suggestions on how to get ahold of a competent CS who knows what's going on?  Is the store my best bet?  If they say still only 6 per line how do I convince them otherwise?  

 

TIA

 

I don't think 10 is available yet and might not be unless you switch to one of these new shared data plans that are coming

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Think I just reached my limit with USCC and with carriers in general. I am going to buy a the new Google Nexus LTE phone when it gets released in October. If the new phone is like their tablet the LTE will work on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. No USCC? I'm shocked!

 

Without needing subsidized equipment there are some cheap plans out there. 

 

I think unlocked LTE phones are the future which gets the carriers out from underneath subsidizing the phones. 

 

Going to port my Number to google voice so if I swap carriers I don't need to worry about porting. 

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