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Consumer Cellular Makes Inc. Magazine's List of American's Fastest-Growing Private Compaines - The Inc. 5000

276 Percent Growth Rate Is More than Eight Times the Industry Benchmark

PORTLAND, Ore.—August 17, 2009

Consumer Cellular, AARP's exclusive wireless provider, has been honored as the 1,149 fastest growing private business in the nation by Inc. Magazine for its annual list of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies — the Inc. 500|5,000, experiencing a 276 percent growth rate from 2005 to 2008.

Consumer Cellular's triple-digit growth came despite the economic slowdown that has curtailed consumer spending.

“In this economy, consumers have been cutting back on expenses, so to experience nearly 300 percent growth is a testament to the value Consumer Cellular provides its customers,” said Consumer Cellular CEO John Marick. “Through outstanding customer service, fantastic partners and reasonable prices, we have been able to provide a unique service offering that has really taken off.”

Consumer Cellular Revenue Growth Comparisons

According to the www.Inc.com website:

  • Consumer Cellular's growth rate is nearly double that of the median company listed on the Inc. 5,000 list.
  • The growth rate is also more than eight times the telecommunications industry benchmark of 33 percent.
  • For Portland, Ore.-based companies, Consumer Cellular is the 17th fastest growing private company and the 19th in the entire state of Oregon.
  • Consumer Cellular ranked 34th overall in the telecommunications sector, besting 112 related companies on the list.

About Consumer Cellular

Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP, was founded in 1995 on the belief that everyone should have affordable access to the safety and convenience of cellular service. The company provides its customers with simple, affordable cell phones and calling plans, guaranteed satisfaction and top-ranked customer support staff all located within the United States. Plus, Consumer Cellular customers never have to sign a long-term contract in order to start service.

The Portland, Ore.-based company is privately held and utilizes the nation's largest voice and data network, covering more than 296 million people — or 97 percent of the U.S. population. As one of the nation's leading wireless wholesalers, Consumer Cellular is able to purchase wireless service in large volumes, providing its customers with the best of both worlds: great low rates and the best cellular network available. For more information: https://www.ConsumerCellular.com or call 800-686-4460.

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