Following U.S. Cellular’s upcoming launch of 4G LTE services, the carrier announces it will further expand the coverage of its network in conjunction with its partner, King Street Wireless, in the second half of 2012.According to the carrier, more than 3,600 additional cities and towns will have access to 4G LTE services, which provide speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G.
U.S. Cellular claims that by the end of 2012, about 54% of customers will be able to enjoy the faster 4G LTE speeds.
The operator confirms the following cities will have 4G LTE network coverage by the end of the year: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Furthermore, some of the cities included are in the areas of Rockford and Peoria, Ill.; Columbia and Jefferson City, Mo.; Manchester, N.H.; Wilmington and Jacksonville, N.C.; Tulsa, Okla.; Medford, Ore.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va.; Yakima and the Tri-Cities, Wash.; Morgantown, W. Va. and LaCrosse and Beloit, Wis.
In the same news, U.S. Cellular announced the availability of the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. This would be the carrier’s third 4G LTE device, as U.S. Cellular also announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab10.1 tablet and Samsung Galaxy S Aviator smartphone.
With the new Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot users will be able to provide Internet connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices at the same time.
Moreover, U.S. Cellular plans to launch a 4G LTE modem and additional 4G LTE smartphones throughout the rest of the year.
“We're excited to bring access to 4G LTE speeds along with a growing line-up of cutting-edge 4G LTE devices to more customers across the country later this year. With this 4G LTE network expansion, customers will have faster connections to the people, information and entertainment that enhance and simplify their lives and help them stay organized,” said Mary N. Dillon, president and CEO of U.S. Cellular.