Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a diversified telecommunications company, provides telecommunications services. The company offered services to approximately 4.8 million wireless customers and 1.2 million wireline and cable connections, as of December 31, 2014. The company conducts its wireless operations through its majority-owned subsidiary, United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular). It provides wireline services, cable services and hosted and managed services, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom). Segments As of December 31, 2014, the company’s segments included U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom’s Wireline, Cable and Hosted and Managed Services (HMS) operations. The company’s operations also include the majority-owned printing and distribution company, Suttle-Straus, Inc. (Suttle-Straus) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Airadigm Communications, Inc. (Airadigm). U.S. Cellular Operations Customers, Services and Products Customers: U.S. Cellular provides service to postpaid and prepaid customers from various demographic segments. U.S. Cellular uses a segmentation model to classify businesses and consumers into logical groupings for developing new products and services, direct marketing campaigns, and retention efforts. U.S. Cellular focuses on retail consumers, government, and small-to-mid-size business customers in vertical 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 Data plans that include unlimited voice minutes and text messaging combined with various data usage options. Under these plans, customers can 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 also offers prepaid service plans, which include voice, messaging and data options in various ways, for a monthly fee. In 2014, unlimited prepaid plans were launched which provide customers unlimited voice, messaging and data, including specified amounts of high speed fourth generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) data; data usage over the specified limit is provided at lower speeds to ensure customers are never without data access. In 2014, U.S. Cellular launched new services, such as connected home and new international dialing. Connected home is a professionally configured, self-installed home security and automation system whereby customers receive professional home monitoring services. Additional services such as protection against fire and other emergencies, as well as energy and video monitoring, are also available to customers with the connected home solution. Devices and Products: U.S. Cellular offers a range of wireless devices such as handsets, modems, mobile hotspots, home phone and tablets for use by its customers. U.S. Cellular offers wireless devices that are compatible with some or all of its 4G LTE and 3G networks and all are compliant with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) enhanced wireless 911 (E-911) requirements. In addition, U.S. Cellular offers a range of accessories, significantly expanding the breadth of products offered, from wireless basics such as carrying cases, hands-free devices, batteries, battery chargers, and memory cards to related consumer electronics such as headphones, speakers, and Bluetooth keyboards to customers. U.S. Cellular also sells wireless devices to agents and other third-party distributors for resale. U.S. Cellular frequently discounts wireless devices sold to new and customers and provides discounts on upgraded wireless devices to customers, in order to attract new customers or to retain existing customers. During 2014, U.S. Cellular expanded smartphone and tablet portfolio with Android wireless devices and tablets, such as the Samsun
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(TDS:New York Consolidated)
30 North Lasalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
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