Regional operator U.S. Cellular has made some welcome changes to their Simple Connect Prepaid Plans, cutting prices and increasing the included high-speed data:
- The former $50 500 MB high speed data plan now includes 1 GB of high speed data for $45
- The $60 2 GB high speed data plan is now $55
- There's a new $65 plan with 4 GB of high-speed data
All three plans include unlimited minutes, messaging and throttled (after the high-speed allotment is used up) data. U.S. Cellular has also eliminated its $35 activation fee, making activation free for Simple Connect Customers.
For a limited time, new Simple Connect Prepaid customers get a $50 U.S. Cellular Prepaid Card that can be used for accessories purchases or to pay their future monthly plan charges. Also for a limited time, the U.S. Cellular Motorola Moto G LTE (reg $209.99) is on sale to new customers for $79.99 in stores or $49.99 online. Simple Connect plans include access to LTE data and U.S. Cellular allows any of its devices to be used on these plans.
Here's a table comparing all the Simple Connect Prepaid plans:
|$45||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited (throttled after 1 GB)|
|$55||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited (throttled after 2 GB)|
|$65||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited (throttled after 4 GB)|
U.S. Cellular plans include no extra charge nationwide voice, SMS and 2G data roaming. Data roaming is capped at 200 MB/month. Customers whose roaming minutes exceed 50% of their total minutes in three consecutive months are subject to termination.
U.S. Cellular has discontinued its Walmart exclusive U-Prepaid prepaid brand and replaced it with a new Ready Connect prepaid offering which is available from multiple national retailers including Walmart, Dollar General, and Amazon.com. The following Ready Connect plans are available:
- $35 basic phone plan – Unlimited talk, text, mobile web
- $45 smartphone plan – Unlimited talk, text, 1 GB data
- $55 smartphone plan – Unlimited talk, text, 2 GB data
- There's also a Walmart exclusive $40 smartphone plan – Unlimited talk, text, 500 MB data
U.S. Cellular operates in parts of 24 states and is the largest US regional operator and the fifth largest US Mobile Operator with 4.55 million customers, including about 340 thousand prepaid customers.
Related: Prepaid Operator Profile - U.S. Cellular