U.S. Cellular has started expanding its retail presence, today announcing that it will bring its postpaid plans to 460+ Walmart locations within its footprint. The move will help the carrier get more exposure and potentially reach more new consumers. This expansion comes shortly after the launch of its U Prepaid, no-contract service, across more than 400 Walmart stores.
These Walmart stores will essentially act like little U.S. Cellular stores, offering the same postpaid plans and unique benefits (no contract after the first, points-based rewards). All participating Walmart stores will carry popular handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S III, Huawei Ascend II, Samsung Chrono 2 and Samsung Freeform 4.
Press release after the break.
U.S. CELLULAR LAUNCHES POSTPAID PLANS AND DEVICES IN MORE THAN 460 WALMART STORES
Device Line-up Includes Iconic Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone
CHICAGO (October 24, 2012) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) announced today that it will begin offering its postpaid service in more than 460 Walmart stores across the country. Customers can select from U.S. Cellular’s value-packed plans and enjoy all of the carrier’s unique benefits, such as the only points-based rewards program in wireless, no new contract after the first one ends and free incoming calls, texts and picture messages.
“Bringing our postpaid service to Walmart provides consumers with another option when they’re shopping for wireless,” said Carter Elenz, executive vice president of sales and customer service for U.S. Cellular. “We look forward to showing Walmart customers that a better relationship with their wireless carrier is possible by providing the best customer experience and treating our customers like neighbors, not numbers.”
U.S. Cellular offers a variety of plans that make it easy to select the right amount of voice minutes, text messages and data, including single line and family plans with unlimited voice and texts. Customers who want to add data to their plan have five options to choose from starting at $10.00 per line for 100 MB.
Customers can pair their U.S. Cellular plan with the device that best meets their needs. Those looking for an advanced smartphone can select the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S III or Huawei Ascend II. The Samsung Chrono 2 and Samsung Freeform 4 provide the features and functionality for customers who prefer to use their phone for calling and texting. Customers should check their local Walmart store for the complete list of U.S. Cellular devices that are available. All of U.S. Cellular’s phones are backed by its high-speed nationwide network, which has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier.
Customers who purchase U.S. Cellular postpaid service in Walmart can start earning rewards points immediately for things like faster phone upgrades and free phones and ringtones. They can also register on My Account at uscellular.com for autopay and paperless billing to save up to 5 percent on their monthly bills.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 31 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 58 percent will have access by the end of 2012. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.