USM HAS A RELATIVELY LOW CHURN WITHOUT ACCESS TO THE i PHONE
Management must be doing something right. Churn during the past few years would have much larger if the company didn't have the right SERVICE, PLANS and PRICE over that time frame. The iPhone at this time is no longer the must have mobile device. The new Samsung phone has much higher pre-market demand than they expected and have delayed shipment to sprint and t-mobile.
Growth should return because the continued bleed of clients who desired the Iphone in the past few years had run its course and new offerings should retain current clients and superior client service should attract clients from other carriers as it had in the past.
The stock may not return to the highs any time soon but I could see the stock up 50-75% in the next 12 months. Adding positions in both USM and TDS. Each 100 shares of TDS has the equivalent of 69 shares of USM and you get the ILEC and CLEC operations for free. At current prices you pay 22.00 for TDS and get $26.00 worth of USM. since 1997 the spread has been 88 cents but is over $4.00 today.