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C Spire Wireless First Carrier In World To Launch New 4G LTE Smart USB Hotspot From Franklin Wireless On Nation's Only Personalized Network

Device combines ease and convenience of USB modem and Wi-Fi hotspot for 2-in-1 fast and easy “wherever you go” access to next-generation mobile broadband services

Ridgeland, Miss. (October 19, 2012) – C Spire Wireless, the only U.S. wireless provider that offers a suite of personalized services, announced the introduction today of its first 4G LTE (Fourth Generation Long Term Evolution) data card, the Franklin Wireless smart USB hotspot, on the nation’s only personalized network.

C Spire is the first wireless provider in the world to debut the slim and compact device, which features both a traditional USB dongle-type modem design as well as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five enabled devices, including smartphones, computers, laptops, tablets and more.

“We’re excited about partnering with Franklin Wireless to debut our first 4G LTE-enabled data card on the nation’s only personalized network optimized for the next generation of high-speed data services,” said Wade Smith, vice president of Products and Innovation for C Spire Wireless.

“With personalized wireless, we want to make using our network easy, simple and intuitive for our customers and this device achieves all of those objectives with complete plug and play functionality, free from the hassles of installing USB driver and connection software in the host device,” Smith said.

The 2-in-1 smart modem and mobile Wi-Fi hotspot works with all major computer operating systems, including Windows, Linux and MAC without the need for a hosted web user interface. Designed for easy use, this device features a fold-away arm, a 180 degree rotating USB connector, LED service status indicator lights and dual operation over both 4G LTE and 3G wireless networks.

“Franklin Wireless is extremely proud to announce the launch of our new U772 2-in-1 smart USB hotspot with C Spire,” said David Lee, executive vice president of sales for Franklin Wireless. “C Spire customers will benefit not only from the versatility of the U772, including its Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, but also from its incredible ease-of-use, which draws from our years of experience developing dual-mode devices.”

This is the third 4G LTE-enabled device that C Spire has introduced since launching its next-generation mobile broadband network. Last month, the company introduced the Motorola PHOTON Q and the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G LTE smartphones, two of the top Android-based devices on the market.

Pricing and Availability

The Franklin Wireless 4G LTE Smart USB hotspot is available online at www.cspire.com, in all C Spire retail stores and through the company’s telesales group at 1.855.277.4734 for $29.99 with a new two-year customer agreement that includes data services.

For more information on the Franklin Wireless 4G LTE Smart USB modem and other C Spire 4G LTE devices, services and markets, 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