U.S. Cellular returns to two-year contracts

U.S. Cellular returns to two-year contracts
In 2010, regional carrier U.S. Cellular instituted the "The Belief Project" which asked customers to sign an initial two-year contract. After that two-year period expired, subscribers were allowed to purchase a subsidized handset without having to affix their John Hancocok on another two-year pact. But that is about to change as the mobile operator is going back to the old days of two year pacts.

A statement from the carrier says that starting later this month, U.S. Cellular customers will have to sign a two-year contract when they purchase a subsidized phone. If a purchased phone is brought back within 15 days, customers will be charged a $35 restocking fee. While no precise date for the start of "dis-belief" was mentioned by U.S. Cellular, one report listed July 27th as a possibility. If that is the case, and you're a U.S. Cellular customer, better think about which phone will be your last subsidized purchase as a free-agent.


source: U.S.Cellular via Engadget

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7 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

gotta do what you gotta do but US cellular really isnt that great of a carrier.

3. HASHTAG unregistered

Were you ever a U.S. Cellular customer? They're better than Sprint in most cases.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sprint sucks so that's not saying much.

7. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

I Loved U.S. Cellular. Right up until they left my market....

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this is just bad,..

4. Cha7520

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

With more and more poeple buying unlocked phones and using Straighttalk and other non-contract companies you are going to start seeing the Contract Carriers losing customers and they will start increasing ETF's, etc etc...anything they need to do to make up the lost in revenue.

6. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

Restocking fees are an absolute joke. I'd use stronger language if it'd post.

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