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U.S. Cellular provides free phones, internet access to those in need

November 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 26, 2015

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Wireless provider celebrates Thanksgiving at Knox Area Rescue Ministries

On Thanksgiving, U.S. Cellular associates spent their holiday providing free phone calls and Internet access at the annual Thanksgiving Day meal hosted by Knox Area Rescue Ministries. The wireless provider also donated $500 towards the cost of the food. Being able to call our families and loved ones is something we should never take for granted. Nor should we forget the luxury of Internet access. For those who do not have these amenities, U.S. Cellular continued its commitment to the community by providing free phone calls and Internet access at the annual Thanksgiving Day meal hosted by Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) in downtown Knoxville.

Karen Lane, right, calls her family with help from Heather Glossup of U.S. Cellular at the Knox Area Rescue Ministries annual Thanksgiving meal.

Karen Lane, right, calls her family with help from Heather Glossup of U.S. Cellular at the Knox Area Rescue Ministries annual Thanksgiving meal.

“We shouldn’t ever take being able to call our families or connect to the Internet for granted,” said Karen Haywood Sawyer, national retail area sales manager for U.S. Cellular. “Our business is all about keeping people connected, and that’s why it’s especially significant for us to provide these devices and service to these individuals need during the holiday season.”

U.S. Cellular provided free local and long-distance calls to homeless individuals and those in need as part of the KARM annual community meal, which serves more than 1,000 homeless or hungry people. U.S. Cellular associates and their family members volunteered at the event to assist attendees with making free phone calls to family and friends across the country on Thanksgiving Day. The company also provided the phones to use and tablets with Internet access.

“We’ve been volunteering our time, devices and service for more than a decade,” Sawyer said. “We love to see people talk with someone they care about and access information they need online. We’re grateful for the opportunity to serve the community in this way.”

About U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by a high-quality network in big and small cities and rural communities, and currently, 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.