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U.S. Cellular users need new phones in switch to Sprint

More than 500,000 cell phone users in the Chicago area will be forced to get new phones in the coming months.

Sprint will buy U.S. Cellular, and when the deal is complete, U.S. Cellular phones will no longer work with Sprint’s service plans.

U.S. Cellular mailed letters last week to customers who will be affected.

Customers can stay with Sprint, but if they decide to change providers, they will not be charged a fee.

Customers have the next few months to make a decision before the phones are turned off.

6 comments

  • Vince

    Why is it that we are not allowed to cancel our us cellular service right now and be able to go with another wireless provider since we all know this coming in the coming weeks ….I spoke with us cellular there answer were under contract and can not cancel our service until the sale goes thru without getting hit with a early termination fee now is that fair? we should be able to cancel our contract and go with another provider right now and not have to pay any fees since they are doing this deal with sprint not fair to the customer …

  • Katie

    I just shelled out $100 for a new phone 2 months ago & now it's basically going to become a paper weight & of coarse I can't get a refund. I'M PISSED!!

  • Guest

    This is inaccurate reporting. Sprint is not buying US Cellular (the company). Sprint is buying the PCS-band B-block frequencies in certain territories in the Midwest (northern Indiana, Chicagoland down through St. Louis & Vicinity) from US Cellular. US Cellular will continue to be a separate company, with operations in other parts of the US. Disclaimer: I work for neither Sprint nor US Cellular. Yes, I am an affected customer. Oh well. Let's see some really good deals from Sprint. Otherwise, I will go to T-Mobile or Verizon.

  • bobanmebrudder

    Lets face it——–MONEY MONEY MONEY——– Who gets the rotten end of the deal, i believe it is called the people who own the US Cellular phones.

  • guest

    We just got our "legal" service termination information letter: Sprint will turn off service to US Cellular customers in the affected markets it now owns on January 31, 2014. Sprint may selectively turn off individual cell sites before that date for testing their new equipment. So now we have an official date. There is a crop of new "phablet" phones coming this Fall (like with 6" displays), so it will be a good time to switch then.

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