Sprint buys spectrum and customers from U.S. Cellular

Posted: May 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Sprint buys spectrum and customers from U.S. Cellular
The nation’s third largest carrier, Sprint, has agreed to purchase some PCS spectrum and a large number of customers from U.S. Cellular. Sprint will receive in the deal 20MHz of PCS spectrum in various Midwest markets including Chicago, South Bend, Indiana and Champaign, Illinois. The carrier also will be adding 10MHz in St. Louis.

As part of the transaction, 420,000 U.S. Cellular customers in the Midwest will be moving to Sprint. These customers have already been notified of  the change and will receive more information as the transition mores closer to completion, a process that could take several months. These customers will be allowed to switch to a similar or better device “for little or no cost and with a wide variety of contract or non-contract plans.” And of course, those customers whose accounts are moving to Sprint will not be charged with an Early Termination Fee.

During the transition period, affected U.S. Cellular customers will still have access to the regional carrier’s network while they decide what to do about moving to Sprint.

“We know how important good value, network performance and excellent service are to these customers and Sprint has a wide portfolio of competitive devices, prepaid options, an improved 3G and growing 4G LTE network experience, and unlimited data, text and voice plans to meet their wireless needs. We want their business and are motivated to make the transition as seamless as possible.”-Paget Alves, chief sales officer, Sprint

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