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U.S. Cellular Ready Connect Prepaid Smartphone Plans Get Unlimited Data

U.S. Cellular has made some changes to their prepaid smartphone plans for Ready Connect phones, which are available exclusively at Walmart, Dollar General, and Nebraska Furniture stores and online at Amazon.com.

Until now, the Ready Connect plans included a fixed amount of data. Data stopped when you hit the limit, or was charged at an ad-hoc rate of 10¢/MB if you had a cash balance in your account. High speed data add-on packages were also available at $5 for 250 MB, $15 for 1 GB or $25 for 2 GB of data.

Effective immediately, Ready Connect smartphone plans now include the same amount of high speed data as before, plus unlimited throttled data after the high-speed data is used up. The throttled data speed is listed as "1X" a 2G standard that typically delivers around 100 Kbps.

The following plans are available:
  • $35 basic phone plan – Unlimited talk, text, mobile web
  • $45 smartphone plan – Unlimited talk, text and data including 1 GB of high speed data
  • $55 smartphone plan – Unlimited talk, text, and data including 2 GB of high speed data
  • There's also a Walmart exclusive $40 smartphone plan – Unlimited talk, text and data including 500 MB of high speed data
Add-on high-speed data is not available with the new Ready Connect unlimited data plans. Current Ready Connect customers can either switch to the new plans or keep their current plans if they prefer being able to buy additional high-speed data over unlimited but throttled data. The old non-unlimited plans are not available to new customers.

Unlike U.S. Cellular's other prepaid brand, Simple Connect, which is sold in U.S. Cellular stores, Ready Connect plans require specific Ready Connect phones. The Ready Connect Moto E LTE is currently on sale for $39.99 at Walmart stores .

The Ready Connect version of the new LG Logos is also available at Walmart for $99.99. The Logos, which launched May 4th, features a 4.7 inch 720 x 1280 px HD screen, 1.2 Ghz quad-core CPU, Android Lollipop, 8 GB internal memory, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP main and 1 MP front-facing cameras, SD card slot and removable battery.

U.S. Cellular operates in parts of 24 states and is the largest US regional operator and the fifth largest US mobile operator overall with 4.67 million customers, including about 360 thousand prepaid customers.

Related: Prepaid Operator Profile - U.S. Cellular


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  1. Lol their plans is just as terrible as Virgin Mobile's.

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    1. True, but they have service in some places that none of the big four operators do. No competition = high prices.

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  2. 2g is slower than diaup its a joke.

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  3. That's true! I use to have them back in high school for a bit when the incoming calls were unlimited. Excellent voice coverage, even underground in the subway.

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  4. Not very competitive but it's a start for them to compete on something besides just being the non Verizon rural carrier.

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  5. DON'T GO WITH Ready Connect. I have Simple connect which you can buy a post paid US Cellular phone on Facebook or Ebay and put it on their prepaid plan and get 4GB high speed data for $70/month and you're not locked into a low end phone. And yes the coverage in rural areas Rock here in North East, NC. Now if something happens to my Note 3 I may be able to get the LG one for $99 and pop my SIM card in it and keep Rockin. If not I'd take the phone back to Walmart and go with AT&T Gophone and get that roll over data. Thanks for adding US Cellular to your news reports.

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  6. Wow, those are horrible plans/prices.

    Might as well go direct with AT&T or Verizon.

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    1. As Dennis stated, they have a niche area.

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  7. If you had read the first post and reply, you wouldn't have needed to post this.

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