This morning U.S. Cellular unveiled a series of loyalty reward programs that aim to attract new customers and keep the existing ones. Dubbed as The Belief Project, these programs offer anything from simplified contracts, reward points that never expire, bill caps and such. Here is more info from today's announcements:
The company will offer wireless customers the benefits they want including ?One and Done? contracts, a robust rewards program with points that never expire for active accounts, simplified national rate plans, protection against ?bill shock? with overage protection, caps and forgiveness; the industry?s only phone replacement program, and savings of up to 5 percent on their monthly bills for setting up auto pay and paperless billing.
No Contract After the First One With new ?One and Done? contracts, new customers who fulfill an initial two-year commitment with U.S. Cellular never have to sign a contract again. Existing customers can simply finish the remainder of their current contract on one of the company?s National Single Line or Family Belief Plans without extending it. After that, customers are free to enjoy benefits without signing a new contract ? like a new phone at promotional prices every 18 months that can be accelerated with points. Customers who have previously completed a two-year commitment and are currently on a month-to-month plan can easily switch to a Belief Plan without signing a new contract.
Belief Rewards Loyal customers often feel new customers get the best deals. At U.S. Cellular, all postpaid customers on Belief Plans can earn points simply for being a customer. The Belief Points can be redeemed for things customers actually want, like earlier phone upgrades at promotional prices, additional lines, phones, accessories, ringtones and forgiveness of overage charges. Customers are automatically enrolled and start receiving points when they sign up for any U.S. Cellular Belief Plan. Belief Points are earned based on a customer?s monthly service plan, the number of lines on the account and how long they?ve been a customer. There are no membership or enrollment fees, or blackout or expiration dates for active accounts, and points are easy to redeem in stores, online or by calling customer service.
Belief Plans U.S. Cellular?s new simplified National Single Line and Family Belief Plans are designed to be easy and affordable for a wide range of customers. Whether customers use their phones a little or a lot, the Basic, Unlimited Basic, Essential, Essential Plus, Premium and Premium Plus plans offer simple bundles of voice, text and data with built-in value. Select plans include U.S. Cellular?s industry-leading Overage Cap and Phone Replacement programs. In addition, postpaid customers automatically receive Belief Points with all Belief Plans.
Phone Replacement Phone Replacement allows customers on Premium or Premium Plus Belief Plans to get a replacement phone if something goes wrong with their handset. Customers who bring in their accidentally broken or malfunctioning phone can get a replacement of the same or a similar model ? even if the phone is no longer under warranty. And, if a customer?s phone is lost or stolen, they can receive the same or similar replacement phone for $100 ? far less than the typical cost of a phone. Phone Replacement is available at U.S. Cellular retail locations and through customer service. If a replacement phone isn?t available in store, it will be shipped to the customer to arrive the next business day.
Overage Cap, Forgiveness and Protection With Overage Cap, U.S. Cellular customers don?t need to worry about excessive overage charges. The service prevents voice overage charges from exceeding $50 for a National Single Line Belief Plan or $150 for a Family Belief Plan, and customers have the option to use points for overage forgiveness to eliminate overage charges. U.S. Cellular also has its customers? backs with Overage Protection, which sends customers a text message when they reach 75 percent of their allotted minutes or text messages, and again at 100 percent, so there isn?t a surprise when the bill arrives.
Earlier Phone Upgrades For years, one of the most common frustrations for wireless customers has been waiting two years to upgrade to the latest handsets, like U.S. Cellular?s Android-powered devices. The standard phone upgrade time under a Belief Plan is only 18 months. U.S. Cellular customers can upgrade a phone as early as every 10 to11 months depending on their plan by redeeming their Belief Points.
U.S. Cellular is the first wireless carrier to offer monthly service discounts to customers who use both paperless billing and auto pay. Customers who sign up for both with a debit or credit card get a 3 percent discount on their monthly bill. Customers who sign up for both and use their checking or savings account will receive a 5 percent discount.
Even More to Believe In The Belief Project complements U.S. Cellular?s other free, innovative offerings like Battery Swap, My Contacts Backup and Free Incoming Calls, Texts and Pix.
Starting Oct. 1, you can visit uscellular.com for more information about The Belief Project.