U.S. Cellular to Kick Off VoLTE Trials Soon
U.S. Cellular has finally set a target date for testing VoLTE. The carrier said its main LTE network deployment is now complete, a major milestone it wanted to pass before moving on to new technology. The company is modifying its network in several markets across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin to prepare for the trial, which will begin some time during the fourth quarter. Based on comments made by CEO Ken Meyers during the company's recent earnings call, U.S. Cellular has not finalized a key LTE roaming deal it announced several months ago. The roaming service was expected to be operational at this point. Last, U.S. Cellular said it discontinued its loyalty program on Sept. 1. Any reward points not redeemed by customers before Sept. 1 expired. U.S. Cellular admitted that, after five years, the program's usefulness had run its course.
Samsung to Reward Samsung Pay Users
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U.S. Cellular Likely to Sit Out 600MHz Spectrum Auction
Jan 8, 2016
U.S. Cellular CEO Ken Meyers said the company has an adequate supply of spectrum and therefore doesn't think it will be necessary to participate in the upcoming 600MHz auction.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Feb 15, 2018
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
AT&T and Verizon Kick Off Interoperable VoLTE Calling
Jul 6, 2016
AT&T and Verizon Wireless have begun allowing some customers to place VoLTE calls to one another. The carriers' deployment of interoperable VoLTE is woefully behind schedule.