U.S. Cellular, the nation's largest regional operator, and 5th largest operator overall, has updated its Ready Connect prepaid plans. Ready Connect, which is sold by multiple national retailers including Walmart, Dollar General, and Amazon.com is distinct from the Simple Connect prepaid brand available from U.S. Cellular stores. The main differences between Ready Connect and Simple Connect are that Ready Connect plans cost less but require the use of specific, mostly low end, phones. Simple Connect allows any phone that U.S. Cellular sells or that can be used on postpaid.
The changes are mostly positive. There's a a new $25/month plan with 100 minutes, unlimited messaging and unlimited data with the first 1 GB at high speed. Most of the other plans got more high speed data although some plan's prices went up. There's a new $75/month unlimited plan with 10 GB of high speed data. Also new are $5/month auto pay discounts on the $45 and $55 plans and a $10 auto pay discount on the new $75 plan. The table below details the changes.
|Price||Minutes||High Speed Data||Price||Minutes||High Speed Data|
|$25||100||1 GB||Not Available|
|$35||Unlimited||1 GB||$35||Unlimited||None (1xRTT only)|
|Not Available||$40||Unlimited||1.5 GB|
|$45 ($40 auto pay)||Unlimited||3 GB||$45||Unlimited||3 GB|
|$55 ($50 auto pay)||Unlimited||6 GB||$50||Unlimited||4 GB|
|$75 ($65 auto pay)||Unlimited||10 GB||Not Available|
See our Prepaid Operator Profile - U.S. Cellular post for more about U.S. Cellular including Simple Connect plan details.
Source: U.S Cellular via Prepaid Mobile Phone Reviews