U.S. Cellular goes beyond smartphones

Smartphones have become an essential tool in daily life to keep us connected to family, friends and work, and additional devices available through U.S. Cellular can make smartphones like the iPhone 5s and tablets such as the iPad Air even more powerful tools. Jeff Heeley stopped by the set of Good Morning Heartland to show us those devices. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE to learn more.

â??In a recent study, U.S. Cellular found that half of smartphone owners use their phone as part of their daily routine to stay connected and enhance their lives,â?? said Dorsey Ragland, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. â??With some of the newest accessories and services now available, they can use them in ways they might never have thought possible and further simplify their lives.

For parents with new drivers, or even a business owner with a fleet of cars, the Delphi Vehicle Monitoring System is a great tool to provide a peace of mind. The module plugs into the vehicle's OBD-II connector port and pairs with your connected device to remotely control, monitor and track their vehicle in real-time by using a smartphone, a tablet or from a computer. The service is great for families with a new driver as it allows mom and dad to track the vehicleâ??s location in real-time over the 4G network and create speed parameters and up to six geofences and be alerted if broken. These features also make Vehicle Monitoring a great tool for small businesses as it can help a company track the location and safety of their drivers, better manage their time and resources and assist their customers with accurate information regarding arrival times. Delphi also can track driving history and trips, which can be helpful to find quicker routes for small businesses.

Another great device to help with the peace of mind while away from home is the Belkin WeMo Home Automation Switch that allows you to control home appliances from your smartphone, like the iPhone 5s. Simply buy the WeMo Switch and plug in items like lamps, wall air conditioning units, fans or televisions and then control your home at your fingertips after downloading the free app. The WeMo Switch not only allows you to turn things on and off while you are away but also tracks the amount of energy items are using and estimates what it will cost. This can allow families to easily save money on energy bills. The timer function allows users to set when they want a light or fan to turn on and off. This timer could be used to turn on a fan prior to coming home from work on a warm summer day; the house is then cooled off upon arrival home.

For those who still like to keep in touch via a traditional home phone but lament how much more expensive their landline has become over the years, U.S. Cellular now offers Home Phone as a simple-to-use and affordable alternative home phone service. The service allows new customers to transfer their current home phone number, get unlimited nationwide calling using a standard corded or cordless phone for $19.99 per month and requires no broadband or internet connection. The wireless Home Phone includes many calling features such as voicemail, call waiting, caller ID, call forwarding, three-way calling and E911. Plug your existing corded or cordless phone into the base unit, and you are ready to start making calls.

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U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits 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 its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, nearly 90 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. CLICK HERE To learn more about U.S. Cellular.