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C Spire Wireless Launches 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Services On Nation's Only Personalized Network In Meridian, Mississippi

Wireless Provider Activates Its Next-Generation Wireless Voice and Data Network Delivering Speeds Up to 10 Times Faster Than Currently Available

Meridian, Miss. (September 13, 2012) – C Spire Wireless launched the next generation of mobile broadband services in Meridian 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.

The company’s 4G LTE launch in Meridian means customers can now enjoy the fastest wireless experience available to download apps and game faster, open files almost instantly, do real-time video chant, surf the mobile web and stream movies, music and video at speeds up to 10 times faster than before.

Company officials will celebrate commercial availability of the new service on Friday, Sept. 14 during a special 11:30 a.m. event at the C Spire retail store on 555 Bonita Lakes Drive in Meridian with local government officials, community leaders and business executives, including Tim Miller, chief administrative officer for the city of Meridian, and Wade Jones, president of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation. During the program, officials will conduct the first 4G data download to demonstrate the network’s advanced capabilities.

“We’re pleased that local businesses and consumers in Meridian are in one of the first markets in Mississippi with access to the next-generation of mobile broadband services,” said Bryan Templeton, regional manager of Retail Operations for C Spire Wireless. “This technology will improve opportunities for taking care of business on-the-go and carrying out numerous mobile tasks at a pace that’s significantly faster than consumers have ever experienced before on a wireless network.”

C Spire Plans to Offer 4G LTE Services in 31 Mississippi Markets by Mid-October; Another 6 By End of 2012

Meridian is one of 31 Mississippi markets that are receiving C Spire’s advanced 4G LTE services between now and the end of October. An additional 6 Mississippi markets will be added by the end of 2012 as part of the company’s multi-million dollar investment. The markets cover 2,700 square miles, a population of 1.2 million and 364 cell sites.

“We’re proud of our launch of 4G LTE services in Meridian, but we’re even more excited about continuing to contribute to the economic development of this region,” Templeton said. C Spire has invested more than $4.1 million since 2008 to expand its network and give Meridian and Lauderdale County businesses and consumers the best personalized wireless experience available.

“We are thrilled that C Spire’s 4G LTE mobile broadband service is coming to the city of Meridian. C Spire is a great corporate partner and we truly appreciate the investments they continue to make in our community and our citizens,” said Meridian Mayor Cheri M. Barry said. “This announcement reinforces their commitment to providing our residents and businesses with access to the latest wireless technology, a wide variety of advanced devices, plans, apps and more.”

Local business leaders echoed Barry’s praise of the wireless provider’s decision to select Meridian as one of the first markets to receive 4G LTE mobile broadband services. “C Spire’s efforts to expand its 4G LTE services in Meridian will benefit east Mississippi,” said Jones. “Advanced high-speed wireless data is increasingly important to the business community and the individual consumer,” he said. “C Spire is to be commended for its continued investments in east Mississippi and its commitment to bring state-of-the-art technology in mobile broadband services to the consumers of the region.”

4G LTE Devices, Solutions and Plans

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 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 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. More details on device availability, pricing, plans and the schedule for introduction of 4G LTE services in new markets can be found at www.cspire.com/4g.

“C Spire 4G LTE gives consumers and businesses more of what they want than ever before on the nation’s only personalized 4G LTE network,” Templeton said.

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,” Templeton said. “Basically with 4G LTE, everything you love about personalized wireless gets to you even faster now.”

For more information about C Spire’s 4G LTE rollout, plans and devices, go to www.cspire.com/4g.

About C Spire Wireless

C Spire Wireless is a diversified wireless communications company passionately committed to helping customers by personalizing wireless services designed just for them. The company is the first wireless provider in the U.S. to personalize customers’ experience by offering apps that fit who they are, services that anticipate their needs, and rewards for using their phone in new ways – all with seamless ease and at amazingly fast speeds. This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire Wireless and its products and services, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire or Google + or www.pinterest.com/cspirewireless



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