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CHICAGO (July 5, 2016) — To kick-start the back-to-school season, U.S. Cellular is offering half off smartphones on new activations with Shared Connect plans. Customers who port their number, purchase Device Protection + and trade in their device — even one with a cracked screen — will receive a promotional card equaling 50 percent of the value or $336, whichever is less, of their chosen device. Current customers will also receive 24 GB of bonus data when adding an additional smartphone line to their account. U.S. Cellular is also continuing to offer an unlimited buy-out of customers' current contracts after they submit their final bill from their carrier.

"We keep hearing about buy one, get one offers, but we wanted to remove the obstacle of needing to buy multiple devices to get a great deal," said Joe Settimi, vice president of marketing for U.S. Cellular. "We want our customers to have the best smartphone to meet their needs, enough data to use that device to the fullest, and a high-quality network to use their data whether they are in a large or small city or rural community. When you combine all of that, our customers have a great wireless experience at a better value than Verizon or AT&T."

U.S. Cellular is also offering the LG G Pad F 8.0 for a penny, and for a limited time, any customer who refers a friend to U.S. Cellular will receive an extra 1 GB of bonus data every month for 12 months. This supplements the company's ongoing referral program which rewards both the current customer and the referred friend with $50 if the friend chooses to activate a smartphone on a Shared Connect plan.

50 Percent Offer requires Retail Installment Contract, Shared Connect Plan, $25 Act. Fee, Device Protection+ and Smartphone trade-in. Promo Card (max of $336) will be issued via mail within 6—8 weeks. U.S. Cellular® Promo Cards issued by MetaBank®, Member FDIC. Valid for purchase in-store or online. LG G Pad offer requires a 2-year contract. Contract Buy-out: Customer must register for My Account and Device Protection+ and will be reimbursed for the ETF or remaining device balance reflected on the final bill. Reimbursement in the form of a U.S. Cellular MasterCard® Debit Card issued by MetaBank® Member FDIC, pursuant to license from MasterCard International Incorporated. This card can be used at any merchant location that accepts MasterCard Debit Cards within the U.S. only. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. See for details. 4G LTE service may be provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

About King Street Wireless, L.P.
King Street Wireless, L.P. currently holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27 states and is partnering with Chicago-based U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular's customers in several of the carrier's markets. King Street Wireless is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia where it is recognized for its involvement in its community both through its economic development and philanthropic efforts. To learn more about King Street Wireless, visit

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage 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 a high-quality network in big and small cities and rural communities, and currently, 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on, and

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Katie Frey, U.S. Cellular