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Consumer Cellular Honored with Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Award

Consumer Cellular, rated the number one cell phone service for the third consecutive year and the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, has earned a spot on Inc. Magazine’s “Hire Power” list of the nation’s top job creators. Adding 347 jobs from 2008-2011, Consumer Cellular ranked as the 68th largest job creator in the nation and the second largest in the telecommunications industry.

“We are thrilled to be included on this list and among some great companies who are growing and hiring,” said John Marick, CEO of Consumer Cellular. “We’ve continued to grow during some challenging economic years because of our people and the value they provide for our customers, and we’ll continue to build on that success by hiring more great people. It’s been a win-win for our customers and our company.”

Consumer Cellular has experienced rapid growth over the past several years, adding subscribers who are looking for affordable cell phone plans and reliable customer service. The company has been hiring employees to meet that demand, opening its third customer service center this August in Redmond, Ore., where they plan to have 150 employees by the end of 2012. The company also has contact centers located in Phoenix and at its headquarters in Portland, Ore.

The inclusion on Inc. Magazine’s prestigious “Hire Power” list is Consumer Cellular’s second inclusion in the magazine this year. The publication also recognized the company in its annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies (by revenue) in the country. For more coverage of the Hire Power Awards, including the full list, please visit www.inc.com/hire-power.

Methodology

The Inc. Hire Power list measures the number of jobs added from 2008 through 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded before January 1, 2008, and be U.S.-based, privately held, and independent. Additionally, companies must have had at least 50 full-time U.S.-based employees in 2011. Employees are defined as those who are working a minimum of 30 hours per week and receiving benefits from the company. Qualifying full-time and part-time employees are included; independent contractors are not.

About Consumer Cellular

Consumer Cellular is a top-rated carrier that provides no contract cell phones and service plans to those 50+. Founded in 1995 on the belief that everyone should have affordable access to the safety and convenience of cellular service, Consumer Cellular is privately held with more than 650 employees. The Portland, Ore.-based company utilizes the nation’s largest voice and data network, covering more than 296 million people - or 97 percent of the U.S. population. Consumer Cellular’s cell phones and plans are sold nationwide at leading retailers such as Sears and RadioShack dealer franchise locations, as well as direct to consumers at www.consumercellular.com or 800-686-4460. The company has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 List for three years in a row. For cell phone tutorials, features, applications and company news, connect with Consumer Cellular on Facebook.com/consumercellular, Twitter.com/consumer_cell and YouTube.com/consumercellular.

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