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C Spire Wireless launches 4G LTE mobile broadband service in Meadville, Mississippi

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

Batesville, Miss. (August 31, 2013) – C Spire Wireless launched the next generation of mobile broadband in Meadville today with the activation of its 4G (Fourth Generation) Long Term Evolution (LTE) service offering consumers and businesses faster data speeds and advanced capabilities on its network.

The company’s 4G LTE launch in the Franklin County town 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.

“We’re pleased that local businesses and consumers in Meadville now have ready access to the next generation of mobile broadband services,” said Stephanie Kilpatrick, regional manager of retail services 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 Has Rolled Out 4G LTE Services in 42 Mississippi Markets Since September 2012

Meadville is one of 43 Mississippi markets that have received C Spire’s advanced 4G LTE services since September 2012. All of the markets with 4G LTE service are part of a multi-million dollar investment to bring the next generation of high-speed technology to customers.

The company plans to continue to introduce the services in 71 cities and 51 counties this year covering a population of 496,000 across the state. When the latest phase is completed in November, 4G LTE service will be available to six out of every 10 consumers and businesses in Mississippi.

“We’re proud of our launch of 4G LTE services in Meadville, but we’re even more excited about continuing to contribute to the economic development of this region,” Kilpatrick said, noting that the company has invested millions of dollars to expand its network and give Meadville and Franklin County businesses and consumers the best personalized wireless experience available.

Meadville Mayor Lane Reed lauded C Spire for its decision to invest in the region. “Introduction of C Spire’s 4G LTE mobile broadband services is good news for Meadville as our community’s need for high-speed, reliable data becomes increasingly important. We appreciate the company's decision to make us one of the first communities to receive this exciting service," Dickey said. "This announcement reinforces C Spire’s commitment to providing our residents and businesses with access to the latest wireless technology.”

Local business leaders echoed Mayor Reed’s praise of the wireless provider’s decision to select Meadville as one of the first markets to receive 4G LTE mobile broadband services in 2013. “C Spire’s efforts to expand its 4G LTE services in Meadville will greatly benefit this region,” said Chandler Russ, president of the 11-county Southwest Mississippi Partnership regional economic development organization. “Continued provision of advanced high-speed wireless data and the services and applications it supports are increasingly important to both business and consumers. 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 work and entertainment.”

4G LTE Devices, Solutions and Plans

C Spire customers can choose from several 4G LTE smartphone and connected devices to experience on the company’s fast 4G LTE network. Devices include the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and III, the HTC One, the Motorola PHOTON Q, the Franklin Wireless 2-in-1 smart USB modem and mobile hotspot and a C Spire branded mobile hotspot. All of the devices are available in company retail stores or online at www.cspire.com.

Customers also can choose from shared and new unlimited plan options that offer price and service options that can be personalized so they can relax and use their device the way they want without worry or anxiety about bill shock or overages. With prices ranging from $50 to $100 a month, users can select the unlimited voice and data elements that uniquely fit how they use their device. Second lines are also available for each plan for only $50 a month.

C Spire products and services get even better and faster with 4G LTE network

The company powers its fast 3G and 4G LTE networks with extensive optical fiber infrastructure, offers plans with the industry’s best unlimited and shared elements, products and services with key customer-inspired features, the industry’s only comprehensive customer rewards program and world-class customer service and support.

“4G LTE is the next generation of high-speed mobile broadband services from C Spire that allow you to experience our network, our products and services and our passionate focus on superior customer care faster than ever before,” Kilpatrick said. “Basically with 4G LTE, everything you love about our network and your favorite ways to use your smartphone are even faster now.”

For more information or updates about C Spire’s 4G LTE launch schedule, device availability, pricing and plans, 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