Quick, which wireless carrier is the fifth largest in the U.S.? Well, you know that ranked by subscribers Verizon is on top followed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. But what you might not know is that U.S. Cellular is number five. According to the latest data from Q1 2017, U.S. Cellular has 5 million users spread among 426 markets in 23 states. According to a new report, the carrier is making changes to its plans on August 23rd.
Unofficially, U.S. Cellular is expected to eliminate one tier of service with 6GB of high-speed data. That will leave it with a plan offering 2GB of LTE data, another plan called Unlimited and a third plan called Unlimited Plus. Pricing of the latter two plans will rise by $5 per month to $65 a month and $75 a month respectively. But it also is offering a "bribe" to subscribers of either unlimited plan who consume only a small amount of data each month.
Called "All Unlimited with Payback," this feature goes into effect when an Unlimited or Unlimited Plus subscriber uses less than 3GB of data in a month. Those who play ball with U.S. Cellular will receive $10 back for each month that they conserve data. The $10 will appear under the category marked "Other credits and Charges" on the bill.
Again, this has not yet been officially unveiled by the carrier. It should be unwrapped a week from this Thursday, and we will let you know when the announcement has been made.