CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With millions of Wi-Fi hotspots available across the country, it is becoming easier for smartphone and tablet users to stream a baseball game or download important documents while managing their data usage. U.S. Cellular has worked with Devicescape, a leader in Wi-Fi offloading services, to simplify the process even more with the launch of Wi-Fi Now, a free app that allows customers to easily connect to Wi-Fi hotspots wherever they are.
Customers can use fast Wi-Fi Internet connections on their smartphones and tablets in their home, hotels or favorite coffee shops and not worry about using their data plan allotment. Wi-Fi Now detects and automatically connects U.S. Cellular customers to the Wi-Fi hotspot, making a seamless transition from the cellular network to Wi-Fi.
"Wi-Fi Now complements our high-speed nationwide network and allows customers to easily get the data they want when they need it," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "Our goal is to create a better wireless experience and with the surge in demand for more data, this free app will help customers manage their usage and save money."U.S. Cellular customers can download the free app from the Google Play store on their Android-powered device, such as the Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and it will be available soon on the U.S. Cellular shelf in the Amazon App Store. It will also be preloaded on future U.S. Cellular Android-powered devices. The app prompts users to add their own home Wi-Fi networks and automatically connects them to quality public hotspots when they are available. In addition to Wi-Fi Now, U.S. Cellular provides additional resources for customers so they can personally manage and monitor their data usage and help ensure they are on the right plan for their needs. These tools include a data estimator on its website, data tracking on My Account, a web page dedicated to helping customers manage their data usage and recently launched data overage alerts to go along with the company's free Overage Protection program for voice and messaging.