Profitability in the quarter declined due to higher device subsidies on LTE handsets and expenses related to data growth and expansion of the LTE network.
"Our second quarter results were mixed," said Mary N. Dillon, U.S. Cellular president and CEO. "We achieved a strong increase in postpaid gross customer additions, evidence that we are increasing awareness and convincing wireless consumers to switch to U.S. Cellular. Postpaid churn, however, remained elevated, resulting in a net loss of postpaid subscribers."
The company ended the period with 5.8 million customers, a decline of 38 thousand customers over the year. Smartphone penetration has now reached 36.8 percent.
Guidance for the full year is unchanged from the previous guidance.
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