Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. operates as a telecommunications company. The company provided services to approximately 4.9 million wireless customers and 1.2 million wireline and cable connections as of December 31, 2015. The company conducts all of its wireless operations through its majority-owned subsidiary, United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular). The company provides broadband, video, voice and hosted and managed services (HMS), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom). Segments The company has four business segments: U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom’s Wireline, Cable, and HMS operations. The company’s operations also include the wholly-owned subsidiary, Suttle-Straus, Inc. All of the company’s segments operate in the United States, except for HMS, which includes an insignificant foreign operation. U.S. Cellular Operations U.S. Cellular provides wireless telecommunications services to approximately 4.9 million customers in 23 states, collectively representing a total population of 32.0 million. U.S. Cellular’s strategy is to attract and retain wireless customers through a value proposition comprised of a high-quality network, outstanding customer service, and competitive devices, plans, and pricing, all provided with a local focus. Customers, Services and Products Customers: U.S. Cellular provides service to postpaid and prepaid customers from various demographic segments. U.S. Cellular focuses on retail consumers, government, and small-to-mid-size business customers in industries, such as construction, retail, professional services and real estate. These customers are served primarily through U.S. Cellular’s retail and direct sales channels. Services: U.S. Cellular’s postpaid customers are able to choose from various national plans with voice, messaging and data usage options and pricing that are designed to fit different customer needs, usage patterns and budgets. U.S. Cellular offers Shared Connect data plans, which allow customers to share data usage among all users and devices connected to the plan. Business rate plans are designed to meet the needs of the business customer. U.S. Cellular’s national plans price all domestic calls as local calls, regardless of where they are made or received in the United States, with no long distance or roaming charges, and could do so through the existence of roaming partnerships. U.S. Cellular also offers monthly prepaid service plans, which provide customers unlimited voice and unlimited messaging with a specified amount of high-speed data and unlimited data at lower speeds once the high-speed data limit is reached to ensure customers are never without data access. U.S. Cellular’s portfolio of smartphones, tablets and other connected devices is a key part of its strategy to deliver wireless devices, which allow customers to stay productive, entertained and connected on the go; these devices are backed by U.S. Cellular’s high-speed networks, including a fourth generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) network, which, as of December 31, 2015, covered 99% of its postpaid customers and supports nationwide roaming. U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network features smartphone messaging, data and Internet services that allow customers to access the Web and social network sites, email, text, picture and video message, utilize turn-by-turn GPS navigation, and browse and download various applications to customize their wireless devices to fit their lifestyles. In 2015, U.S. Cellular expanded its solutions to business and government customers, including an improving suite of machine to machine solutions across the categories of monitor and control (sensors and cameras), business automation/operations (e-forms), communication (back-up router for business continuity services), and asset management (fleet management). Devices and Products: U.S. Cellular offers a range of wireless devices, such as handsets, modems, mobile hotspots, home phones and tablets for use by its customers. U.S. Cellular offers wireless devices that are compatible with most of its 4G LTE and third generation networks and all are compliant
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Chicago, IL 60602
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