THE GOOD

Choose which services you need:

U.S. Cellular has a number of different plans available, each with a different combination of services so you can pay only for those you need. If you're just looking for a basic cell phone to use for making the occasional call, one of their Ready Connect plans is a good choice. They don't offer unlimited data, but if you don't use the Internet much, this won't matter. Heavy cell phone users are going to want one of the plans that includes unlimited talk, text, and data. There are a number of different options to choose from depending on how much high-speed data you want, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding one that suits your needs.

Android and iPhones available:

In addition to a few basic cell phones, U.S. Cellular also offers iPhones to their customers and a few different Android models. Androids can be found with most prepaid cell phone providers, but iPhones are a little harder to come by. If you're interested in purchasing one of these to use with your prepaid phone plan, U.S. Cellular's a good company to investigate. Bear in mind, though, that phones -- especially smartphones -- are much more expensive with a prepaid plan than with a traditional two-year contract plan.

Easy to sign up:

Signing up for a prepaid phone plan with U.S. Cellular only takes a few minutes to complete. First, you select the type of plan you're interested in. Then you're able to look at all of the phones compatible with the plan you've chosen and compare them side by side. After that, you can add accessories and review your order. Once you've got everything the way you want it, just enter in your payment information and you're all set. Your new phone will be shipped to you, ready to use.

THE BAD

No 4G LTE coverage:

U.S. Cellular only offers 3G data speeds, so you may want to shop around if you spend a lot of time surfing the web on your phone. Many other prepaid phone providers offer 4G LTE speeds on certain devices. If higher speeds aren't as important to you, however, U.S. Cellular may still be a solid option as your prepaid cell phone provider.

Can't manage your account online:

You can't change your plan or pay for your service online with U.S. Cellular. This is relatively uncommon in the industry. If it's necessary, you can change your plan by contacting customer service, and paying your bill can be done right from your mobile phone or at a U.S. Cellular retail store.

Activation fees:

If you go with U.S. Cellular's voice-only or voice- and messaging-only plan, you have to pay an activation fee in addition to your regular monthly fee. The fee for the voice and messaging plan is just $20 but, if you opt for the voice-only plan, the activation fee is $50. U.S. Cellular's voice, messaging, and data plans come with free activation.

THE DETAILS

Monthly Plans
Activation Fee Up to $20
Data 500MB - Unlimited
Minutes Included 500 - Unlimited
Monthly Rate $35 - $70
Texts Included Unlimited
Pay-As-You-Go
Access Fee N/A
Activation Fee N/A
Cost Per Minute N/A
Cost Per Text (MMS) N/A
Cost Per Text (SMS) N/A
Data N/A

FEATURES

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  • International Text Messaging You can send and receive text messages to international numbers.

  • Picture You can send and receive picture messages.

  • Text Messages You can send and receive text messages.

  • Video You can send and receive video messages.

  • Data Plans include data allowances.

  • Monthly Monthly phone plans are available.

  • Unlimited Unlimited plans are available

  • Daily Daily phone plans are available.

  • Pay-As-You-Go Pay-as-you-go plans are available.

  • Anytime Minutes You can purchase voice minutes that can be used at any time.

  • Call Waiting Call waiting is available.

  • International Calling You can make international calls with your phone.

  • Three-Way Calling Three-way calling is available.

  • Voicemail The phone plan includes voicemail.

  • Android Android mobile phones are available.

  • Basic Phone Basic mobile phones are available.

  • iPhone IPhones are available.

  • Use Your Own Device You can add the phone you currently have to your prepaid plan.

  • 4G LTE 4G LTE capable phones are available.

  • BlackBerry BlackBerry mobile phones are available.

  • Auto Top-Up Your minutes can automatically be topped off when you run out.

  • In Person You can top-up your account in person at a retail location.

  • Mobile Phone You can use your mobile phone to top-up your account with a debit or credit card.

  • One-Time You can make a one-time payment as needed.

  • Online You can top off your minutes online.

  • Top-Up Cards You can top-up your account with pre-purchased top-up cards and PINs.

  • Dealer Locator Tool The company website has a dealer locator tool to help you find the nearest retail store.

  • Free Shipping Free shipping is available.

  • No Contract The prepaid phone plan does not require you to sign a contract.

  • No Credit Check You can sign up for a plan without a credit check.

  • Online You can sign up for a plan online.

  • Phone You can sign up for a plan via telephone.

  • Retail Location You can sign up for a plan at a retail location.

  • No Activation Fees There are no activation fees.

  • FAQs Answers to frequently asked questions are available.

  • Live Chat You can contact the company via live chat.

  • Phone You can contact the company via phone for support.

  • Email/Ticket You can contact the company through an email or ticket system.

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