U.S. CELLULAR ANNOUNCES 2014 STATEWIDE INVESTMENT IN ILLINOIS
PEORIA, Ill. (Feb. 17, 2015) – U.S. Cellular continued to invest in the wireless experience for its customers in 2014 with upgrades to its network and store environment throughout Illinois.
In an effort to provide a high-quality network that works where Illinois residents live, work and play, U.S. Cellular invested $13.85 million in network enhancements across the state. This was a combination of 4G LTE enhancements and upgrades to the company's existing high-speed network.
Shopping for a wireless device should be a positive experience, so U.S. Cellular also invested $2 million in its stores across Illinois to be welcoming places that show off the latest devices, accessories and technology. These newly-designed stores make shopping for wireless easier, and in 2014 the company built or renovated 17 of these hands-on, experiential store locations in Illinois, including two stores in Peoria and eight others throughout Central Illinois where the investment totaled more than $1.2 million.
"As a national wireless carrier that covers you in your backyard and across the country, we are constantly striving to provide the best wireless experience for our customers in Illinois," said Dorsey Ragland, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Illinois. "At U.S. Cellular, we care about our local communities, and we will continue to invest in making sure that your phone works when and where you need it – wherever you are."
In addition to infrastructure enhancements, U.S. Cellular donated $1 million to schools across the country through its Calling All Teachers program. This program provides funding for impactful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers on DonorsChoose.org. In Illinois, 89 teachers received a total of $52,103 in funding from U.S. Cellular for their classroom projects, and this local donation benefits more than 6,900 students.
4G LTE not available in all areas. See uscellular.com/4G for detailed coverage info. 4G LTE service is provided in partnership with King Street Wireless. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular provides 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 network. Currently, nearly 90 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds, and more than 93 percent will have access by the end of 2014. 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 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.