U.S. Cellular Availability Map

U.S. Cellular Availability Map. Click for interactive map

U.S. Cellular is the sixth-largest mobile broadband provider in the U.S. On top of its prepaid and postpaid mobile plans, it also offers home internet service. It has the most coverage in Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, and Omaha. While U.S. Cellular doesn’t have the strongest or most expansive network compared to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, it’s a great alternative for family pricing and mobile hotspots.

U.S. Cellular Plans and Pricing

Best features Things to consider
  • Extensive coverage in the rural Midwest
  • Multiple plans with straightforward pricing
  • Great perks
  • Limited coverage
  • Expensive one-line prices

U.S. Cellular has many plan options like unlimited, prepaid, and home internet. As you’re browsing, you’ll notice that its pricing is transparent and one-line prices aren’t as cheap as other mobile broadband providers. With unlimited plans, you start off with a basic plan for $29 per month, and if you want to add more features, you can either upgrade to the Everyday or Even Better plan for an extra $10-$15 per month.

Unlimited plan name Starting price (per line) Data cap
Basic $29.99 per month Unlimited data
Everyday $39.99 per month Unlimited data
Even Better $49.99 per month Unlimited data

With prepaid plans, you can either choose one that has a data cap or ones with unlimited data. All prepaid plans include a three-day grace period for late payments.

Prepaid plan name Starting price (per line) Data cap
2 GB High Speed Data $25 per month 2 GB
5 GB High Speed Data $30 per month 5 GB
8 GB High Speed Data $35 per month 8 GB
Unlimited High Speed Data $40 per month Unlimited data
Unlimited+ High Speed Data $55 per month Unlimited data

Compared to other providers that offer mobile broadband service, such as Cricket Wireless and Metro by T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular doesn’t have the backing of one of the three big networks. Its major strength is that it has the most coverage in the rural Midwest. Because U.S. Cellular recently rolled out its 5G home internet service, availability is very limited.

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U.S. Cellular Internet Speeds

U.S. Cellular doesn’t offer the fastest speeds for its services, as it trails behind the big three networks: Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Speeds vary by location, but generally, higher-tiered prices will offer a data priority feature if you don’t want to experience reduced speeds during network congestion.

Frequently Asked Questions About U.S. Cellular

  • What network is U.S. Cellular using?

    U.S. Cellular uses its own 4G, 4G LTE, and 5G networks to deliver mobile broadband service across the country.

  • Do I need to sign a contract when purchasing a U.S. Cellular plan?

    No, U.S. Cellular doesn’t require contracts, which means you can cancel your plan at any time.

  • What is the activation fee for U.S. Cellular?

    When signing up for a mobile plan from U.S. Cellular, you’ll need to pay a $30 activation fee.

  • Can I keep my phone number when transferring service to U.S. Cellular?

    Yes, you’ll need to make a request over the phone with the U.S. Cellular customer support team.

  • How do I know how much data is left on my U.S. Cellular plan?

    If you don’t have an unlimited data plan, a couple of ways you can check your monthly data usage is by either signing up for automatic text alerts or signing into your online account.