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UScellular encourages Knoxville residents to find entertainment away from a screen

May 4, 2023

Company encourages area residents to ditch their entertainment screens for National Screen-Free Week, May 1-7

Celebrated the first week of May, National Screen-Free Week, May 1-7, is a weeklong challenge for families, schools and communities to disconnect from digital entertainment screens. UScellular is encouraging Knoxville residents to take time to reset their relationship with technology and set aside their entertainment screens, including cellphones and tablets.

To help make it easier and create conversation around the need to stop an addiction with smartphones, UScellular created the Phones Down for Five challenge. The challenge encourages phone users to choose a time limit that best meets their needs to put down their phone and reconnect with friends and family.

“National Screen-Free Week gives us a chance to focus on alternative activities for families and communities to connect with each other,” said Thomas White, director of sales for UScellular in East Tennessee. “We invite the Tennessee community to have a reset moment with technology, the first step in having a healthier relationship moving forward.”

Additionally, UScellular offers the following tips to successfully make the most of National Screen-Free Week.

Disconnect Wisely: Needs may dictate not being able to disconnect completely – and that’s OK. Entertainment screens means you can’t use Screen-Free Week as an excuse not to do your homework or your job. For Screen-Free Week, only use your cellphone and computer for necessary schoolwork and tasks related to your job.

Out of sight: Put your phone somewhere you won’t be readily able to see it, like a drawer or cabinet. Keep it in your purse or bag while in your car. Consider putting your phone in airplane mode or turning off notifications so you won’t be tempted with entertainment distractions. Put your game controllers and TV remote controls in a drawer or unplug the devices for the week.

US Mode: US Mode is a UScellular initiative to help smartphone users better utilize customizable native focus settings on their smartphones. Smartphone owners can enable and design their own US Mode settings, including those that can help set limits on certain entertainment apps. More information is at or your local store.

Spend time with people you love: Grab dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Have a meaningful conversation with your partner. Invite your neighbors over for a board game night. Cook a complicated recipe with your family. Create memories that you can’t replicate when you’re focused on your entertainment devices.

Get creative: Draw, dance, write, paint or get creative in the kitchen. Use your screen-free time as an opportunity to reconnect with your creative side and sharpen your brain.

Get out. Work out. Chill out.: Spend some time outdoors, getting some fresh air and being in nature. It’s good for your mental and physical health.

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About UScellular

UScellular is the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to help customers stay connected to the things that matter most. The Chicago-based carrier provides a strong, reliable network supported by the latest technology and offers a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. Through its After School Access Project, the company has pledged to provide hotspots and service to help up to 50,000 youth connect to reliable internet. Additionally, UScellular has price protected all of its plans, promising not to increase prices through at least the end of 2024. To learn more about UScellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, visit