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The best US Cellular phone and data plans for you

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US Cellular is the fifth-largest network operator in the United States and is enamored with the idea "locals for locals". The carrier offers unlimited contract plans, prepaid options and also 5G home internet access in selected markets. Here, you will be able to find a comparative list of the best US Cellular plans that are currently available in your area.

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First things first: according to the carrier homepage, all 5G plans provide a spectrum of outdoor and indoor services, and within the data plan portfolio, we are also able to find LTE contracts. Recently, the company announced that it's using equipment from Ericsson and Nokia to expand its C-band and 3.45 GHz spectrum around the country.

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Smartphone deals when signing up for a US Cellular Unlimited plan

US Cellular works with a credit system by offering handsets like the Apple iPhone 13 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus without requiring you to fork out a single penny as a new subscriber. By signing up for an Unlimited contract, you can obtain credit that amounts to the retail value of the smartphone. If your application is approved, the monthly instalments will be paid automatically based on the credit offered by the carrier according to the number of instalments that were previously defined at the time of purchase.

US Cellular markets this offer as "$0 on us." Here are some of these deals bundled with the carrier:

The best US Cellular Unlimited phone plans

  Basic Everyday Elite Plan
Price without taxes

$34/mo

$44/mo $49/mo
5G Access Yes
Data
  • Unlimited data, talk & text
  • Unlimited data, talk & text
  • Unlimited Mexico & Canada LTE Data
  • 15 GB Hotspot Data
  • 25 GB Priority Data
  • Unlimited data, talk & text
  • Unlimited Mexico & Canada LTE Data
  • 30 GB Hotspot Data
  • 50 GB Priority Data
Entertainment
  • n/a
  • 1 Redbox Movie Night
  • 2 Redbox Movie Night
Other Benefits
  • 480p SD Streaming
  • HD Streaming
  • Premium Robocall Solution
  • Full HD Streaming
  • Premium Robocall Solution
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For consumer phone contracts, all current US Cellular plans offer unlimited data, talk, and text over 4G and 5G networks. As you can see in the chart above, the difference between cheaper and more expensive plans comprise additional hotspot data, roaming in Mexico and Canada, not to mention other benefits such as improved streaming quality and Robocall solution. Apart from the Basic option, all plans also include Redbox Movie Night(s) as an entertainment option. 

It is worth noting that each line added to the plan will be charged individually. You can add a maximum of four lines within the same contract. Besides that, it is also possible to drop the monthly prices by enrolling in Autopay and Paperless Billing to receive a $5 discount each month for each line.

Bear in mind that data on the Unlimited Basic plan may experience throttling temporarily during peak times which results in slower data speed due to the increased traffic. The same goes for the Unlimited Everyday plans.

Cheap US Cellular prepaid talk, text, and data phone plans

  Pay as you go data 15 GB Unlimited Unlimited Plus
Price per line without taxes
  • $30/mo
  • $40/mo
  • $40/mo
  • $65/mo
5G Access No, 4G-only
Data
  • $0.03/MB
  • 15 GB data
  • 15 GB data
  • Unlimited data**
  • Unlimited data
Other Benefits
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Video Streaming SD (480p)
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Video Streaming SD (480p)
  • 15 GB hotspot access
  • Unlimited talk and text
  • Video Streaming SD (480p)
  • 20 GB hotspot access
  • Unlimited dialing to Mexico and Canada
  • Priority data to 25 GB
  • Enhanced Redbox Movie Night 1 rental/mo
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  **Limited time only. On January 1, 2023, the $40 Prepaid Unlimited plan will transition to the $40 15 GB plan.

Prepaid contracts are perfect to help one save money every month if you already know just how much data you use on average. All prepaid plans also include unlimited voice calls and text messages, and the prepaid options offered by US Cellular begin at $30/month, with a data cost of $0.03/MB.

The $40 Prepaid Unlimited plan has a limited-time offer that includes unlimited data until January 1, 2023. After this date, the plan will transition to the $40 15 GB plan. Additionally, the Unlimited Plus prepaid plans also offer 20 GB hotspot access and cover unlimited calls to Mexico and Canada.

As with Unlimited contracts, the data of the prepaid plans may also be throttled temporarily during peak times, and data may be slower than usual. Before signing, it is worth checking US Cellular's coverage map to make sure you get nothing but the best from your data plan. 

And that's it for our quick guide on the best US Cellular plans for consumers. Leave a comment below if you want NextPit to cover different carriers.

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