U.S. CELLULAR AND ALLTEL WIRELESS JOIN TOGETHER TO OFFER PREPAID WIRELESS SERVICE IN NEARLY 500 WALMART STORES NEXT MONTH
Wireless carriers expand distribution to give customers more options for wireless service
CHICAGO AND LITTLE ROCK (April 30, 2012) – U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM)
and Alltel Wireless have joined together to begin offering U Prepaid, a
no contract wireless service, in select Walmart
Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) in local communities across 18 states
beginning in May. The alliance, the first of its kind in the industry,
offers customers flexible payment options without signing a contract.
"Teaming with Alltel to gain distribution in Walmart
gives us another opportunity to be where our customers want to shop and
to offer more customers a prepaid service that helps them control their
monthly budgets," said Carter S. Elenz, executive vice president of
sales and customer service for U.S. Cellular. "U Prepaid customers with
U.S. Cellular will be backed by our high-speed network, which has the
highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier."
The new alliance provides Walmart
customers simplified, easy-to-understand service plan choices.
Depending on where customers live, the U Prepaid service will run on
either U.S. Cellular's high-speed national network or Alltel's advanced
"Alltel is proud to bring the
strength and equity of our U Prepaid brand to U.S. Cellular to create
this unique alliance," said Lesa Handly, chief marketing officer for
Alltel Wireless. "Together, we can leverage our position as the "local"
wireless carrier offering a hometown alternative in the communities we
Customers will be able to select one of four U Prepaid devices that best meets their personal needs. The Android-powered Samsung Repp is a touchscreen smartphone
for customers who want to stay productive while on the go. The LG
Attune/LG Exchange and LG Saber make staying connected to friends and
family easy with full QWERTY keyboards, and the Samsung Chrono provides the features and functionality for customers who prefer to use their phone for calling and texting.
Customers will be able to choose from a variety of value-packed plans
to match how they use their phones. There are multiple data options and
plans that include unlimited talk and texting. All of the plans are
nationwide with no roaming charges.
About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular's award-winning high-speed nationwide network has the
highest call quality of any national carrier and features a strong
line-up of cutting-edge devices. The Chicago-based carrier was named a
J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the
second year in a row. 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.
About Alltel Wireless
Alltel Wireless, marketed by Allied Wireless Communications
Corporation (AWCC), is America's longest running wireless brand serving
customers in six states. The Little Rock, AR-based carrier's signature
Best Value Unlimited plan helps customers stretch their dollars further.
Combined with leading smartphone and feature phone devices delivered on
an advanced network, Alltel Wireless offers consumers one of the most
compelling values in the wireless industry. AWCC is a subsidiary of
Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATNI). For more information, please
visit http://alltelwireless.com or http://awcc.com.