For the most recent info, see the 2011 US Cellular 3G Review
Like T-Mobile, the US Cellular 3G network rollout started somewhat late in comparison to other carriers.
If you couple that with the fact that they’re a regional carrier, you already know you’re definitely not looking at nationwide coverage. Nevertheless, if you don’t plan on a lot of traveling, they may have an affordable mobile broadband plan that works for you.
Hit up any of the sub-sections for more details.
Even though US Cellular’s only got one plan, its not bad at all.
At $50 for 5 gigabytes $10 less than Verizon, Sprint & AT&T & T-Mobile’s 5GB plans.
In an interesting move, they also cap overage charges at $200 (limiting the damage to your pocketbook).
Looks like someone smart finally figured out that if they take all your money this month, you can’t pay them the next month.
Not exactly sustainable business.
More on US Cellular Plans here.
US Cellular 3G speed is below the industry average.
At “Downloads with average speeds of 768 Kbps…[and] uploads have an average speed of 200 Kbps”, the competition is 2 – 3 times faster.
Does that mean they’re out the race? Not necessarily.
Being a regional carrier means regional 3G coverage. It’s like MetroPCS for mobile broadband.
If you’re not a road warrior then it’s cool. If you are, then you’ll need to look very closely at the US Cellular Coverage Map.
The last thing you need is being stuck at Starbucks staring at everyone else clicking away on Facebook.
A lonely path indeed.
US Cellular’s got 1 broadband card:
1. The UM175 (USB Broadband Card)
They used to carry the KPC680 but since it’s become outdated and support for it dropped by manufacturers, it makes sense to no longer carry it.
If you’re looking to see how US Cellular mobile broadband compares to other carriers, check out the Carrier Comparison
Need more info? Check out the rest of the mobile broadband reviews.