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.