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U.S. Cellular To Sell Select Midwest Markets To Sprint

For information on today's announcement, visit uscellularinfo.com.

As part of this transaction, the parties will enter into a number of related agreements, including Transition Services Agreements for network operations and billing and customer service. U.S. Cellular will retain its direct and indirect ownership interests in approximately 560 towers and other spectrum in the Transaction Markets.

For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2012, the Transaction Markets generated service revenues of approximately $340 million (11 percent of reported consolidated service revenues) and, after all direct and indirect costs, incurred an operating loss. 

The transaction is subject to Federal Communications Commission approval, compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and other conditions.  Subject to the satisfaction or (if permitted) waiver of all conditions, the transaction is expected to close by mid-2013.

In connection with the Bolingbrook Customer Care Center transaction, the majority of the company's associates will become employees of the vendor partner, which will continue to provide services to U.S. Cellular through a transition period.  Through the Bolingbrook and other Customer Care Center operations, the company will continue to deliver award-winning customer service.  After transition and exit costs, the transaction is expected to reduce facilities expenses by more than $3 million annually beginning in 2014.

Upon completion of the transaction, U.S. Cellular will continue to provide its customers with a high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless in certain markets, will offer 4G LTE service to 58 percent of its customers by the end of the year. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.

Falkenberg Capital Corporation of Denver, Colo. represented U.S. Cellular in the transaction.

Conference call informationU.S. Cellular will hold a conference call to discuss this transaction along with third quarter 2012 financial results on Nov. 7, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. CST.

Media conference call information: U.S. Cellular will hold a media conference call to discuss this transaction on Nov. 7, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. CST.

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Before the call, certain financial and statistical information to be discussed during the call will be posted to the Investor Relations page of www.uscellular.com. The call will be archived on the Conference Calls page of www.uscellular.com .

About U.S. CellularUnited States Cellular Corporation, the nation's seventh-largest wireless carrier, provides a comprehensive range of wireless products and services, excellent customer support, and a high-quality network to approximately 5.8 million customers in 26 states. The Chicago-based company employed approximately 8,400 people as of September 30, 2012. At the end of the third quarter of 2012, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. owned 84 percent of U.S. Cellular.

Visit www.uscellular.com for comprehensive financial information, including earnings releases, quarterly and annual filings, shareholder information and more.    

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: All information set forth in this news release, except historical and factual information, represents forward-looking statements. This includes all statements about the company's plans, beliefs, estimates, and expectations. These statements are based on current estimates, projections, and assumptions, which involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that may affect these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: impacts of the Sprint Transaction including, but not limited to, the ability to obtain regulatory approval, successfully complete the transaction and the financial impacts of such transaction; the ability of the company to successfully manage and grow its markets; the overall economy; competition; the ability to obtain or maintain roaming arrangements with other carriers on acceptable terms; the state and federal telecommunications regulatory environment; the value of assets and investments; adverse changes in the ratings afforded our debt securities by accredited ratings organizations; industry consolidation; advances in telecommunications technology; uncertainty of access to the capital markets; pending and future litigation; changes in income tax rates, laws, regulations or rulings; acquisitions/divestitures of properties and/or licenses; changes in customer growth rates, average monthly revenue per user, churn rates, roaming revenue and terms, the availability of handset devices, or the mix of products and services offered by the company. Investors are encouraged to consider these and other risks and uncertainties that are discussed in the Form 8-K Current Report used by U.S. Cellular to furnish this press release to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which are incorporated by reference herein.

SOURCE United States Cellular Corporation

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