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JERSEYVILLE, Ill., August 3, 2009 – U.S. Cellular today announced the launch of 3G Mobile Broadband in Jersey County and the west region of Macoupin County, 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 Illinois will help us ensure that our state has access to the advanced wireless services that drive economic growth," said Macoupin County Board Chairman Andrew Manar. "With their recent addition of towers in the area and new 3G speeds, new doors have been opened in our community to use this technology in exciting ways."

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.

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.

"Our customers are used to high-speed connections at home and now we are bringing that experience to them on the go," said Michelle Groves, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. "3G Mobile Broadband helps our customers stay on top of the latest information and stay connected."

Along with the increased speed, U.S. Cellular customers 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.

By the end of summer 2009, U.S. Cellular will have 3G coverage enabled on 60 percent of its cell sites, which will reach approximately 75 percent of its post-pay customers.

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