UScellular expands mmWave network, intros unlimited Home Internet plan

UScellular introduced unlimited data for $49.99 a month to all Home Internet customers and announced an expansion of the company’s 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) network.

The Chicago-based company said more than 12.2 million households now have access to unlimited 4G, 5G or 5G mmWave in-home connectivity with UScellular’s Home Internet service. The wireless carrier said it can deliver speeds up to 300 Mbps depending on the network technology available in an area.

“We want to make it easier for our customers to get reliable, high-speed internet access at their home or business, whether they live in an urban, suburban or rural area,” said Eric Jagher, SVP and chief marketing officer for UScellular, in a statement. “We’re excited to offer unlimited Home Internet to all customers and we will continue to invest to ensure our customers can stay connected to the people and places that matter most.” 

For a limited time, customers who add new unlimited Home Internet service will receive free equipment and free professional home installation – where applicable.

Customers who bundle Home Internet service with a new line of mobile service also can get $20 off their monthly bill. That deal requires autopay/paperless billing and other caveats, including a 36-month installment contract.

In April, the company rolled out its 5G mmWave Home Internet service to parts of 10 cities, and it’s now expanded the service to cover more than 125,000 households and 30 cities. Currently, mmWave is available in additional communities including Medford, Oregon; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Des Moines, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin; and Knoxville, Tennessee.

In the coming weeks, UScellular said its 5G mmWave service will be available to 170,000 households in parts of 50 communities. 

During the company’s second quarter earnings call, CEO Laurent Therivel said plans also call for launching the Home Internet product on mid-band spectrum in late 2023 and 2024 when that spectrum clears. At that time, the company reported having a base of 57,000 fixed wireless customers, up 36% from the prior year.