Moving? TDS Online Resource Offers Tips

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A little moving prep can save consumers physical and mental pain

One in four adults in the United States move into a new home each year - that's more than 42 million people, according to national statistics. And those same statistics show that moving ranks as the third most stressful event in life. TDS has an online resource to help cut down on unnecessary stress during a move.

When logging on to http://www.tdstelecom.com/Moving consumers will find dozens of helpful tips for people who are making the laborious move into a new home a little bit easier.

Some of the things customers will find on the TDS Mover's Resource Center:

Packing Tips - stock up on boxes of different sizes; plenty of packing tape; bubble wrap for the fragile items; try to keep packed boxes under 50 pounds each.
Quick Fact: According to the American Medical Association, back injuries are the most common injuries on moving day.

Utilities - contact current utility companies three to four weeks before the move. Have them disconnect services the day after moving. And have the new utility companies connect service the day before the move.
Quick Fact: As of June 2008, Americans spend an average of $294/mo. on utilities according to http://www.whitefenceindex.com .

Change of Address - consumers can pick up a "Change of Address" kit at the local post office or go online to usps.com and fill out the form there. Customers should do this a few weeks before moving.
Quick Fact: Americans move 11.7 times in their lifetime, according to moving.com.

Moving to a new home is typically associated with sweating, heavy lifting, and back pain. While we may not be able to help you avoid all of that, the TDS Mover's Resource Center may help east some of the mental stress to get consumers prepared for the big day. Customers can contact TDS to set up any of their communications services at 1-888-CALL-TDS.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. markets communications services to business and residential customers in 30 states, through its brands TDS Telecom and TDS Metrocom. With nearly 1.2 million access line equivalents in service, TDS Telecommunications Corp. connects customers to phone, broadband, and digital television service in hundreds of rural, suburban, and small metropolitan communities. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., TDS Telecommunications Corp. employs approximately 2,700 people. Visit http://www.tdstelecom.com and http://www.tdsmetro.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS) (AMEX: TDS, TDS.S), a Fortune 500® company. TDS operates primarily by providing wireless and local telecommunications service through its strategic business units, TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular (AMEX: USM). Headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs approximately 11,800 people and serves approximately 7.3 million customers in 36 states. Visit http://www.teldta.com for more information.

For more information contact:
Michael Ogden
Associate Manager-Public Relations    
michael.ogden @ tdstelecom.com
media.tdstelecom.com
608-664-4126

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