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U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom Recognized as J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champions

02/17/2011
Two of only 40 companies to receive this distinction in the U.S.

CHICAGO, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) and TDS Telecom, subsidiaries of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS, TDS.S), were recognized at the J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Roundtable in Las Vegas as J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champions--two of only 40 companies to have earned this distinction this year.

To qualify for inclusion on this elite list, companies must not only excel within their own industries, but also must stand out among leading brands in 20 major industries evaluated by J.D. Power.

"Since we founded TDS more than 40 years ago, our mission has been to provide outstanding communication services to our customers," said LeRoy T. Carlson, TDS founder and chairman emeritus. "These awards speak to the heart of that mission, and demonstrate that we continue to see our businesses through our customers' eyes."

"The customer is a top priority, in everything we do," said TDS president and CEO LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. "We are so proud of the teams at U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom, and we will continue to improve and enhance the communications experience for all of our customers."

To identify the J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champions, J.D. Power evaluated more than 800 brands. Companies were identified based on customer feedback, opinions, and perceptions gathered primarily from J.D. Power's syndicated research, as well as additional, supplemental research. This group of 40 represents the highest-performing companies that deliver service excellence to U.S. customers--both within their respective industries and across all industries measured.

In 2010, U.S. Cellular was also recognized by J.D. Power for overall call quality in the North Central Region, for the tenth-consecutive reporting period.

About TDS

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS), a Fortune 500(R) company, provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to approximately 7.2 million customers in 36 states through its business units, U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employed 12,400 people as of Dec. 31, 2010.

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For more information about TDS and its subsidiaries, visit our web sites at:

TDS: www.teldta.com

TDS Telecom: www.tdstelecom.com

USM: www.uscellular.com

SOURCE Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.

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