My friend had one but it was resolved by removing and re inserting his SIM card.
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Many complaints on USCC FB page every day.
Teamuscellular there are many complaints.
Some members on there have discovered that the phone will not hold a tower/tower panel.
It is hopping towers/panels. Problems is more common in metro areas where there are more towers.
This is in addition to the lousy 4G reception. Dba numbers will vary from 3G and 4G. I have seen -25dBa less signal between the two.One mile by air from tower and I can't even pick up 4g signal at my house.
There will be a whole lot more complaints when 2nd phase of 4G is implemented.
Overheard a conversation at the store the other day,US cellular and Samsung are working on a fix, according to a store tech.
MOTOROLA Still #1 in reception and call clarity.
US Cellular's problem is the fact that they charge big-boy prices and offer little-guy service. Slower phone releases, worse phone selection, and slower data networks while charging high costs. You can't run a company that way and expect to make it.
US Cellular needs a key selling point that is still relevant today. Currently they use coverage as their selling point. That was a good selling point 10-20 years ago, not so much anymore. I live in a rural area and have solid coverage from 4 carriers. US Cellular had a decent advantage with their 5GB for $30, but they nuked that. So really they have nothing.
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I think that's true from a PERCEPTION standpoint. They charge more than Verizon and AT&T now, last I checked, and people are going to go with those. Phones are decent if you want Android, but of course no iPhone.
But coverage...here at least USCC and Verizon are the only ones that offer what I'd consider acceptable coverage. Sprint is solid, not a complete joke, but really not good enough, and T-Mobile is worse, AT&T a joke.
US Cellular's future lies in being the local "discount" carrier. The problem is, management sees that as beneath them and they just don't want to accept that.
They got where they are by offering hyperlocal/regional plans at a significant discount (relative to VZW and Cingular/ATT). They stopped offering local plans and now people are going across the street to Verizon where there's actually an inventory to browse. There truly is no reason to be a USCC customer anymore other than it making you feel warm and fuzzy.
Better coverage! That's the reason. Everyone but USCC and Verizon is a joke with coverage. And honestly I guess they have all US support? So I'd pick them just for that if everything else is equal, or not too much more. ($50 more, well...I'm poor lol)
But...yeah, I thought a couple of years ago they desperately needed to do something, and they hinted at these great new plans, and I'm thinking "FINALLY". And then they're released...and they just raised the prices and added a ridiculous "rewards" program. It's like does anyone LIKE those? Or think it makes sense to pay more so you get points? The only rewards program I like is Discover, because it's basically cash, and straight forward.
Back with the 1000 minutes + free incoming or 7pm nights/weekends, THOSE were good deals versus Verizon/AT&T, and then it was a hard sell I think because it seems like people just go with the bigger name, even though in the case of AT&T, they're actually a joke network, that shouldn't even be legal if I had my way.
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I love how everyone is forecasting doom and gloom for USCC. Guess what they have no debt. The other carriers have a bunch of debt. They also have more customers to justify there debt.
Look at how Alltel was before Verizon bought them. They had close to 30 million in debt. And barely twice as many customers as USCC. I'd say USCC is doing fine, yes they could be doing better. But oh well.
Another decent way to judge a company is by there stock price. USCC is hanging toe to toe with the big boys (except Sprint, there on the precipice and about to go under one of these years).
Well, you can certainly spin things any way you want to, but to me it looks like USCC is having trouble. If they want to stay in business, they need to recognize that and do something about it, denying the facts isn't the way to move forward.
This could be USCC plan. Continue to have losses be taken over by Verizon, then take over Verizon from with in..
All I wanna do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom and a boom-boom - JUST SHAKE YA RUMP
Huh...didn't know Alltell was bought by Verizon! So does that mean UPrepaid is actually a joint Verizon/US Cellular thing? Actually that would probably make some sense, but I do wonder if that's a first tiny step to them being bought out. (I can't remember if on U Prepaid you can pay by credit card online or not...)
They're so bad where I am that it's laughable to consider it an actual network. It's more like you're paying for some wifi towers set up a few locations in the area, while US Cellular you can literally be in a metal building in the middle of a field somewhere and have far better coverage than AT&T gives you downtown.