U.S. CELLULAR LAUNCHES 3G MOBILE BROADBAND IN THE GREATER PORTLAND AND SOUTHERN MAINE AREA
PORTLAND, Maine, August 6, 2009 – U.S. Cellular has launched 3G Mobile Broadband in the greater Portland and southern Maine area which allows customers to access data on their cell phones 10 times faster than before and at no additional cost.
"U.S. Cellular's investment in Maine will help ensure that our state has access to the advanced wireless services that drive economic growth," said Senator Olympia Snowe. "In addition to the company's own investment, U.S. Cellular has moved aggressively to bring wireless service to Maine's rural communities through use of the Universal Service Fund, enhancing the health, public safety, and economic development of more than 33 rural communities in the past three years. I commend U.S. Cellular's commitment to keeping Mainers on-line and in-touch."
U.S. Cellular, serving Maine since 1988, invested more than $17 million in its statewide network of more than 270 cell sites last year. U.S. Cellular will further its commitment to rural Maine by providing broadband largely over its existing wireless network. This shovel-ready project can bring the promise of the Internet to rural, underserved and vulnerable populations faster and cheaper than any other technology - while also providing jobs, spurring economic growth and enhancing public safety. By the end of summer 2009 U.S. Cellular will have 3G coverage enabled on 60 percent of its cell sites across the country, which will reach approximately 75 percent of its post-pay customers.
With 3G speeds browsing the Web on a Smartphone will be very similar to the experience on a computer, with Web pages opening faster and the added capability to send and receive large e-mail attachments. Downloads with average speeds of 768 Kbps, take less time and picture and video messages are delivered more quickly. Uploads have an average speed of 200 Kbps. The difference is like going from dial-up to DSL on your desktop.
"We are a wireless nation – people everywhere depend on their cell phones to stay connected to their love ones and for critical safety and business needs," said John E. Rooney, president and CEO of U.S. Cellular. "We've made great progress in strengthening networks with 3G capabilities throughout Maine. Our biggest incentive is to provide high-quality service and to keep customers happy."
In addition to faster Internet access on the phone, customers can visit their U.S. Cellular retail store to purchase wireless modems that bring 3G speed to their laptops, ensuring they have options to stay connected while traveling around the U.S. or just across town.
U.S. Cellular customers also will have access to new data content and applications such as mobile e-mail, an advanced mobile Web browser, 3D games and MobiTV, with channels that include ABC News, ESPN and TLC.
This 3G upgrade helps customers stay on top of hectic schedules and in the loop on what's happening in their area while getting the latest news, weather and sports. Customers can go to one convenient place – their cell phones – to access information quickly, rather than scouring the phonebook or looking for yesterday's newspaper.
About U.S. Cellular
The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Curve, HTC Touch Pro and the touch-screen Samsung Delve, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation's fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com.