Headquartered in Chicago, US Cellular services customers within many Midwestern states, including Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Currently, the most competitive smart phone plan on offer is the Primary Plus package, which includes 5GB of data, unlimited text, and 450 minutes of voice for $69.99 per month. In an original twist, US Cellular runs the “Belief Project” rewards program, through which customers can earn points each month toward a new handset. Even so, it takes 1,000 points to qualify for a phone upgrade, and you’ll only be able to get the device one month ahead of when you’d typically be eligible (about 18 months).
US Cellular’s device selection trumps that of most other smaller carriers. There are five Android devices available, including the HTC Desire ($99.99 after rebate) and the Samsung Mesmerize ($74.99 after rebate), a Galaxy S phone. The Samsung Galaxy Tab Android-based tablet is also available for $399, but you’ll have to purchase a separate data plan to go with it. More up-to-date BlackBerry phones can be had too, such as the Bold. Sorry, no BlackBerry 6 OS here.
Pros: Unlimited text plans with voice and data start at $69.99. Relatively wide range of Android devices. National coverage without roaming fees.
Cons: Plan pricing more expensive than other smaller carriers. Can’t sign up if you live outside regional service area.
4G Coverage: Trials currently underway.