C Spire starts rolling out 4G LTE

C Spire, formerly known as Cellular South, is rolling out 4G LTE service.

Dave Miller of C Spire said Tupelo is still on target to get 4G this month.

Info via email from Miller:

We said we’d begin launching markets in September and we were originally targeting 20 markets, now it’s up to 37 and counting. Tupelo is coming very soon.

Essentially, we’re launching 4G LTE service in new markets each week as part of subsequent waves. If you go to www.cspire.com/4g, you can see the schedule right now.

The priority schedule for 4G LTE rollout via cspire.com:

THE PERSONALIZED 4G LTE SCHEDULE :

  • Wave 1: 4G LTE has launched
    • McComb
    • Greenville
  • Wave 2:
    • Meridian
    • Brookhaven
    • Tupelo
    • 6 NE Mississippi communities in Lee and Prentiss counties
  • Wave 3:
    • Hattiesburg and Petal
    • Yazoo City
  • Wave 4
    • Starkville and West Point
    • Clarksdale
    • Greenwood
    • Oxford
    • Jackson
    • Madison
    • Gluckstadt, Flora, and Pocahontas
    • Flowood
    • Richland
  • Wave 5
    • Natchez
    • Corinth
    • New Albany
    • Pontotoc
    • Booneville
    • 21 NE Mississippi communities in Lee, Union, Tippah, Prentiss and Pontotoc counties
  • Wave 6
    • Columbia
    • Cleveland
    • Clinton
    • Brandon
    • Ridgeland
    • Pearl
    • Biloxi
    • D’Iberville

Press release:

c sPIRE wIRELESS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES 4g lte MOBILE BROADBAND SERVICES TODAY ON NATION’S ONLY PERSONALIZED NETWORK

Carrier Activates its Next-Generation Wireless Voice and Data Network

In Mississippi Delivering Speeds Up to 10 Times Faster Than Currently Available

Ridgeland, Miss. (September 10, 2012) – C Spire Wireless launched the next generation of mobile broadband services in four Mississippi markets beginning today with the activation of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network offering consumers and businesses faster data speeds and advanced capabilities on the nation’s only personalized network.

McComb, Brookhaven, Meridian and Greenville are the first of 31 markets that are receiving C Spire’s 4G LTE advanced next-generation services between now and the end of October.

Another six markets will be activated by the end of 2012 as part of the company’s multi-million dollar investment. Additional expansion of 4G LTE services in Mississippi and other states is planned in 2013.

The initial markets will cover 2,700 square miles, a population of 1.2 million and 364 cell sites and will provide 4 out of every 10 consumers and businesses in Mississippi with wireless data speeds up to 10 times faster, allowing C Spire to be the first provider to make these services widely available.

“With today’s announcement, C Spire Wireless is offering customers the fastest data speeds available along with 4G devices that bring our personalized data network to life,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire Wireless. “4G LTE from C Spire gives consumers more of what they want and where they want it than ever before. With data speeds up to 10 times faster, you’ll be able to download apps faster, open files almost instantly, do real-time video chat, surf the mobile web or stream movies, music, soundtracks, video and more without the wait.”

4G LTE Devices, Solutions and Plans

“A 4G LTE broadband network is only as good as the devices that accompany it – bringing the high-speed mobile broadband experience full circle,” Meena said. “C Spire has that covered as well with the introduction of its first 4G LTE device, the Motorola PHOTON Q™ and additional devices coming soon, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and others.

C Spire customers can choose from several 4G LTE smartphone and connected devices to experience the nation’s only personalized 4G LTE network. Devices include the Motorola PHOTON Q, which is available today online and in retail stores for $199.99 with a two-year contract, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Franklin Wireless 2-in-1 USB smart modem and mobile hotspot, which are both coming soon.

The PHOTON Q features a PC-like QWERTY keyboard, a large 4.3-inch Colorboost HD touchscreen display, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system, an 8 megapixel digital zoom rear-facing camera with 1080p capture on playback along with an HD front-facing camera and 8 GB of onboard memory. The device comes with built-in business ready security, productivity and connectivity features with government-grade encryption and VPN.

The Samsung Galaxy S III features a brilliant 4.8 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system, 16 GB of onboard storage, an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD quality recording and a removable 2100 mAh battery. Pre-registration for the 4G LTE smartphone continues at www.cspire.com/gs3.

The Franklin Wireless 4G LTE 2-in-1 smart modem and mobile hotspot provides 4G LTE wireless access to any data-enabled devices, including a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Personalized Wireless from C Spire gets even better with 4G LTE Mobile Broadband

Personalized wireless from C Spire is a package of different wireless services and programs that combine to reflect and serve each customer’s unique needs. Customers see this unique personalization in apps and content that fit them, services that anticipate their needs, and rewards they get just for using their phone in new ways. In addition to PERCS®, specific examples of C Spire’s industry-first personalized wireless services include SCOUT and CIRCLE.

“4G LTE is the next generation of high-speed mobile broadband services from C Spire that allow you to access SCOUT for recommendations on apps, music, books, and movies; earn PERCS® points through our loyalty program; and engage in CIRCLE, our customer community, faster than ever before,” said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for C Spire Wireless.

For more details on device availability, pricing, plans and the schedule for introduction of 4G LTE services in new markets, go to www.cspire.com/4g. For more information on C Spire Wireless products and services, go to www.cspire.com.