Sprint buys spectrum and customers from U.S. Cellular

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.


source: Sprint

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26 Comments

1. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Good move for sprint in Midwest. Hope they didn't pay to much for that.

2. Daftama

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They paid 15 mill for apple lol

4. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

15 million for all of apple?! Damn that was a steal.

10. Daftama

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Is what they have to pay apple just to sell apple products. ..and if sprint doesn't meet apple quote or the contract they signed they have to pay a fine I might be wrong in that part but 15mill is what they paid apple and still paying till 2015...so sprint sees no profit people purchasing apple products yet

13. ECPirate37

Posts: 296; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

They paid $15.5 Billion over 4 years for apple. If they had paid $15million that would have been a steal.

17. Daftama

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Lol you called it steal everybody else said the worse deal in history

26. Daftama

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Stand corrected 15.5 billion so in 2015 they will be set free haha apples b#$@^

24. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

BIG difference between "million" and "billion"...

3. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

unfortunately this deal doesnt cover where I live, where Sprint's butt is kciked coverage wise.

5. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

People are pissed here in Champaign/Chicago. it kinda sucks.

6. JeffPom unregistered

Isn't this old news? or is it finally going through?

7. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Sprint needs to come and blanket California

8. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

I took my wife to the cooperate sprint store located in Columbia MD and they had NO SERVICE. She was checking out some phones when I noticed none of the devices had 4G. I was like WTH?? Then after trying to load in web sites on different phones I noticed they are were on 3G. The guy there said they have to keep the devices on wifi because they dont get good service at the store...... A Cooperate Store...... what garbage, I just can't wait to my contract ends in October. Garbage speeds everywhere I go is not worth the $189 I spend for 2 lines.

11. Daftama

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Don't worry they will see you after you pay 200+ with att or Verizon true at least you will have service but once sprint develop their network by 2920 hopefully they will see you lol

15. threeline

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Sprint's coverage sucks.

18. Daftama

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Now now..sprint its advantages

23. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Corporate...CORPORATE...corporate...

9. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Miserable coverage for Sprint in Danville, IL, and no US Cellular service at all. Hurts not having choices. Hope this is okay for those being forced to choose. Here is hoping that who ever gets controlling interest of Sprint, either Dish Net or Soft Bank, Sprint coverage increases and their speed improves.

12. Jodabro

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

This is BS. I live in Wash State and have been a US Cellular customer for 12 years. There is a reason these customers choose US Cellular as their provider and not sprint. They had that option to choose Sprint and didn't so look for a lot of them to bail to another provider when the switch arrives. I fear that this may be the begining of the end of US Cellular, the Midwest was a huge portion of their customer base. Without them funding will eventually hinder advancements to all their users. Sad day when a big provider that offers great things to customers that others don't leaves the game. Free incoming texts, calls, MMS, and etc... Free battery swap... Good value on their plans... not good, this is just not good. Expect to hear more unhappy customers.

19. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

States like Washington and Wisconsin won't be affected because most of their customers are mostly settled in those state, and here in Milwaukee sprint coverage sucks so. USCC won't trade us away.

14. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I'm sure they'll bid for the entire company down the road.

20. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

USCC to smart for that, if they do get bought out I hope it's by Verizon and that they call it alliance wireless.

22. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

There already was an "Alliance Wireless", and it died some years ago after multiple vultures picking apart the network. You might remember this company called "Alltel"?

25. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Oh,then call it NXT Mobile.

16. threeline

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Run while you can!

21. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

So...does the White Sox ballpark naming rights come bundled with that deal? If USCC are giving away Chicago, "US CelIular Field" kind of makes no sense.

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