U.S. Cellular's owner to seek for a buyer?

U.S. Cellular's owner to seek for a buyer?
It looks like the regional phone company, Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), may need to put itself on sale for the bigger rivals, due to continuous loss of market share and dated technology. Although TDS owns 81% of the fifth-largest U.S. wireless operator, U.S. Cellular, it has been experiencing difficulties picking the right strategy lately. Having in mind the current economic climate, the company’s situation seems to have gotten worse, since now a potential proxy battle against Mario Gambelli’s Gamco Investors (owning a 14.8% stake) might just be coming its way. In addition, Southeastern Asset Management, which has a 15% stake of TDS, is insisting that the company puts itself on sale, according to people who are said to be familiar with the situation, but are not authorized to make public statements on the topic.

source: Reuters




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12 Comments

1. Astromanaught

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Could of seen this coming miles away. Worked for US Cell for almost a year. They are GREAT to their employees but the business strategy for US Cellular was awful for the economic situation. Baiscally they were banking on people paying a bit more for phones and service for great customer service (which was second to none). Its a great strategy for good economic times, but right now people want to save money, not spend it on what some consider a luxury

11. Valiantineus

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 14, 2009

They may have had higher prices for service when you worked there, but that is not the case anymore. They may not have the LEAST expensive service, but they are definitely on the lower end of service pricing, especially for a major carrier.

2. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

It's working for t mo (lowest prices) and vzw (highest prices)

3. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

T-Mobiles prices aren't that much different then everyone elses. You always give/give up something. My Faves, then add mobile to mobile or get a bunch of minutes but then loose nights and weekends. It's not really that much cheaper if any depending on your plan. T-Mobile does give the consumer more Options with there plans. But cheaper? Not by much. VZW has the exact same rates as ATT. So don't you mean VZW/ATT highest prices? The only thing I can see a difference between the two is the Visual Voice Mail is $2.99 at VZW. But you can do so much more with it... And it's not just on ONE phone.

6. staticelement

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 20, 2009

I don't know where you get your faulty information from. However, no plan that T-Mobile has gives up nights and weekends (unless it's contract free.) Also, not all myFaves plans require you to purchase Mobile-to-Mobile. All T-Mobile's FamilyTime, whether myFaves or not, comes with Unlimited Mobile-to-Mobile. It's only their Individual plans that don't have Mobile-to-Mobile which and when if you do have to add it, it's only $6.99. Furthermore, T-Mobile is by far the cheapest around. at&t and Verizon both charge over 20.00 for Unlimited Text, that is just insane! Text messaging by far does not in any way bog down the network. Also, T-Mobile's new loyalty plans knock off 50% off of the plan and it's Unlimited talk for 49.99. Unfortunately, Verizon will never beat that because they have fan boy tax that you must pay!

9. Valiantineus

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 14, 2009

@sinfulta: The reason DonLouie doesn't mention AT&T in his post is because he is saying that T-Mobile and VZW are both successful companies that have customer service as one of their main focuses, as shown by their high customer service ratings. AT&T, on the other hand, does not have high customer service ratings.

4. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

I think it would be cool if VZW purchased USCC too.

5. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I agree, We overtook RCC and Alltell whats one more large company... Anyone for Monopoly, I get the car!

7. spellcheck

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Verizon would be putting Hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place!

8. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I would love to see Sprint buy them, I think Leap or Metro PCS would get them before anybody else

10. Valiantineus

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 14, 2009

@ everyone: If you read the article closely you will see that the article is NOT talking about U.S. Cellular (USCC) getting pressure to be sold, but in fact, its parent company, TDS Telecom; whereas U.S. Cellular recently reported significant increases in data sales, recently purchased some of Alltel's former markets, and, along with TDS has a current Market Capitalization (net worth) equal to that of Sprint Nextel, and greater than that of Leap and Metro PCS. My point being, if anything is sold, it would not be USCC, it would be TDS. Now, granted that this would mean a change in who controls USCC, considering TDS owns about 80% of USCC and whoever controls TDS controls USCC. So, it would PRACTICALLY be the same as if USCC was sold, just not TECHNICALLY. Now, that being said, if I was a betting man, I would say that TDS will not be sold anytime soon either. That's because the founders and majority shareholders of TDS and USCC are the Carlson family and they may not care in the slightest if the other shareholders want to sell or not. More importantly, USCC has been the Carlsons' "baby" since its inception in 1983 and I doubt the Carlsons will give up control of it without a fight. Just my two cents.

12. frank i. unregistered

Pls, I need the celular's owner of 703-350-3434 from U.S., free. Tks.

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