Smaller carrier U.S. Cellular has designs to serve up 4G LTE to an additional 14 states this year.
By the second half of 2012, the wireless provider has said it will roll out cutting-edge 4G data infrastructure to "select" cities in multiple parts of the country: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In addition to offering high-speed wireless access to these areas, the company will also hawk a Samsung 4G LTE mobile hot spot in the spring designed to spread its 4G signal to up to five Wi-Fi-compatible gadgets. This complements the carrier's other upcoming products expected to surf its improved airwaves such as the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator smartphone (March 2012), and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet (April 2012).
U.S. Cellular recently announced an aggressive promotion, too, designed to lure customer away from their current carriers. It promises to shell out $100 if you're willing to sign a two-year contract plus give a $50 to $150 credit toward the purchase of a new handset.
Just how fast U.S. Cellular's LTE network will perform remains to be seen. I, for one, can't wait to check out these new devices since I'm always in favor of customers having more wireless options, especially if it means cheaper monthly rates and lower phone price tags.