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

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

Yazoo City, Miss. (September 24, 2012) – C Spire Wireless launched the next generation of mobile broadband services in Yazoo City today with the activation of its 4G (Fourth Generation) 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 Yazoo City means customers can now enjoy the fastest wireless experience available to download apps and game faster, open files almost instantly, do real-time video chat, 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 Monday, Oct. 1 during a special 11:30 a.m. event at the C Spire retail store in Yazoo City with local government officials, community leaders and business executives, including Yazoo City Mayor McArthur Straughter and L. Henry Cote Sr., president and CEO of the Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce. 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 Yazoo City 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 Through October; Another 6 By End of 2012

Yazoo City is one of 31 Mississippi markets 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 Yazoo City, but we’re even more excited about continuing to contribute to the economic development of this region,” Templeton said. C Spire has invested $3.3 million since 2008 to expand its network and give Yazoo City and Yazoo County businesses and consumers the best personalized wireless experience available.

“Introduction of C Spire’s 4G LTE mobile broadband services is good news for the city of Yazoo City and Yazoo County and we appreciate that C Spire made us one of the first communities to receive this exciting new service,” Straughter said. “C Spire has always been a valued corporate neighbor and we really appreciate the investments they continue to make in our community and in our people. This announcement reinforces their commitment to providing our residents and businesses with access to the latest wireless technology.”

Local business leaders echoed Straughter’s praise of the wireless provider’s decision to select Yazoo City as one of the first markets to receive 4G LTE mobile broadband services. “C Spire’s efforts to expand its 4G LTE services in Yazoo City and the surrounding area will greatly benefit the businesses and residents in the region," Cote said.

“Continued provision of advanced high-speed wireless data and the services and applications it supports are increasingly important to both businesses and consumers,” Cote added. “We appreciate the work C Spire is doing to extend the benefits of expanded broadband access to businesses that rely heavily on wireless technology for growth.”

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 smart USB 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-order for the most popular 4G LTE smartphone in the U.S. 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