U.S. Cellular readies for 4G LTE expansion

The regional carrier plans to branch out its 4G network in three new states and extend service in others.

Samsung Galaxy S3
U.S. Cellular customers will be able to get more 4G power out of phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 in more cities. Josh Miller/CNET

U.S. Cellular may not be the nation's largest carrier, but that won't stop it from extending its 4G network.

The regional provider announced this morning that by the end of 2013, it will take its 4G LTE network to cities in three new states -- California, Nebraska, and Kansas -- and will also add new markets in some states where it already has a presence.

If you live in the following states, keep an eye out for a switch from 3G to 4G service in the coming year: Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

U.S. Cellular's plans will boost the percentage of its customers covered by 4G LTE from 61 to 87 percent in the next 10 months.

The wireless provider currently sells 10 LTE-capable devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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