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C Spire Wireless jumps on the shared data bandwagon

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We first saw shared data plans come to market with Verizon and AT&T – albeit with mixed results. C Spire (formerly Cellular South) is hoping to get in on the buzzwords today by offering its own shared data setup. The plans are structured very similarly to the competitors:

  • 10 feature phones, smartphones, tablets, modems and other connected devices per account
  • unlimited talk, text and a shared data allowance that starts at 1GB for $50 (up to 20GB for $150)
  • $20/month per USB modem, tablet and other connected device
  • $30/month per feature phone
  • $40/month per smartphone

The plans will go live for both new and existing customers on Dec. 3, and there is no fee associated with switching to the new plan structure.

Source: C Spire Wireless (BusinessWire)

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C Spire announces its first LTE markets in Mississippi

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Regional carrier C Spire (formerly Cellular South) today announced a $60 million rollout of LTE services in September, to cover 20 markets in Mississippi. The locations are:

  • Jackson metropolitan area
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast
  • In South Mississippi: the cities of Brookhaven, Columbia, Natchez, Petal, Hattiesburg, McComb and Lucedale;
  • In North Mississippi: the cities of Oxford, Tupelo, Corinth, New Albany, Pontotoc, Booneville, Starkville, Columbus and West Point;
  • In the Mississippi Delta, the cities of Yazoo City, Cleveland, Greenville, Greenwood and Clarksdale
  • In East Mississippi: the city of Meridian and parts of Lauderdale County

A relatively small area, to be sure, but it should be fairly fast. C Spire is promising average data speeds between 4 and 12 Mbps downstream, and between 1 and 5 Mbps upstream.

No new LTE devices were announced.

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Every Android smartphone free on C Spire when you add a line

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C Spire wireless (formerly Cellular South) is running a promotion where you can add a line and pick any of their Android phones for free to put on it.  They have 11 different models of Android phones to choose from, including the Motorola Milestone X2, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and even our old friend the HTC Merge.  This offer runs for a limited time, and you'll have to do it online or via C Spire's telesales department.  Sounds like a nice way to get your hands on a great phone, without hitting your wallet too hard.  Hit the link for more information, and the press release is after the break.

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C Spire gets the Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

U.S. regional carrier C Spire (former Cellular South) announced today that it's carrying the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play for $49.99 on contract (and after $50 rebate). The so-called Playstation phone — nicknamed for its Playstation-like slide-out controls — is the same as we've crawled all over for the past year or so, with a 4-inch display, 1GHz Snapdragon II processor, 5MP rear camera and a slew of available games.

We're not yet seeing the Xperia Play on C Spire's website, but you can call telesales (855-277-4734) or get it in a C Spire store.

Source: Press release
More: Read our Xperia Play review

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AT&T Extends Date For T-Mobile Merger

Last March right before CTIA in Orlando when AT&T announced they intended to purchase T-Mobile for $39 billion dollars they thought that the sale would potentially close before the end of the year. Now of course, we know that it won’t.

A lawsuit from the Department of Justice along with suits brought by Sprint and C-Spire Wireless (formally Cellular South) AT&T’s plans have been delayed. AT&T won’t even see their day in court until February 13th.

AT&T is now saying they don’t expect the deal to close until the middle of 2012. AT&T said in March they expected some resistance to the deal but they probably weren’t expecting the lawsuits the deal is now facing. The U.S. Department of Justice suit alleges unfair competition.  The Sprint and C-Spire suits are for “injuries” that will come from the proposed merger.

U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle, approved Sprint’s suit for injuries that would potentially come from the market for wireless devices.  C-Spire’s injury suit stems injuries they would receive from roaming agreements they are in with other carriers.

source: Mobileburn

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Judge Allows Sprint and C-Spire (Cellular South) To File Lawsuit Against AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

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U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle has agreed to allow Sprint and C-Spire (formerly Cellular South) to go forward with their joint lawsuit against the AT&T and T-Mobile merger. C-Spire is claiming the merger would have a negative effect on their roaming services.

Sprint on the other hand found the majority of their claims thrown out. Judge Huvelle was not buying their claims that an AT&T and T-Mobile merger would hurt the market for wireless airwaves needed to serve customers and network development. Huvelle also threw out Sprint’s claims that AT&T-Mobile would hurt the market for backhaul services, core network and remote locations.

Sprint’s vice president of litigation Susan Haller said a statement:

“Along with the Justice Department and a bi-partisan group of Attorneys General from seven states and Puerto Rico, Sprint has concluded that the transaction would give AT&T the ability to raise prices, thwart competition, stymie innovation, diminish service quality and stifle choice for millions of American consumers. We are pleased that the Court has given us the chance to continue fighting to preserve competition on behalf of consumers and the wireless industry."

C-Spire’s VP of Strategic & Government Relations Eric Graham said:

“The Court’s ruling today will ensure that all parties harmed by AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile will have the benefit of a fair hearing. C Spire is pleased that it will have the opportunity to continue its fight for American consumers, and for the principles of competition and innovation that should drive the wireless industry.”

What did AT&T have to say about all of this? Well, they didn’t sound too pleased with the ruling with AT&T Senior Executive VP and General Counsel Wayne Watts saying:

“We are pleased with the ruling that dismisses the vast majority of the claims of Sprint and CellSouth. We believe the limited, minor claims they have left are entirely without merit."

AT&T-Mobile now has to fight a war on two fronts with the government attempting to block the merger and now a joint suit from Sprint and C-Spire. Sprint’s strategy against the merger hasn’t exactly been the smartest leaving most of the work up to antitrust enforcers who tend to protect consumers, rather than competitors.

A hearing for the case has been scheduled for December 9th. My vote? T-Mobile stays exactly where they are right now. America needs options.

[Via Reuters]


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iPhone 4S gets official date and blessing by C-Spire, all yours on November 11th

Oh, heck yeah. We’ve already been delighted by the news that C-Spire (the hip carrier formerly known as Cellular South) is the lucky recipient of the iPhone 4S, but we now have a date — and it’s coming up pretty fast. Both the 4S and the 4 will be ready for your purchase on November 11th, unsurprisingly for the same exact cost as the big three national carriers: $99 for the 8GB iPhone 4 and $199-399 for the iPhone 4S, but the deal’s sweetened by the offering of unlimited data (though the two lowest plans exclude streaming). If you’re down with that, it’s a good idea to head over to the site and get pre-registered as soon as possible. Now that the little guys officially have the iconic device, who’s next? Full press release after the break.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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iPhone 4S gets official date and blessing by C-Spire, all yours on November 11th originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Refresh Roundup: week of October 24, 2011

Your smartphone and / or tablet is just begging to get updated. From time to time, these mobile devices are blessed with maintenance refreshes, bug fixes, custom ROMs and anything in between, and so many of them are floating around that it’s easy for a sizable chunk to get lost in the mix. To make sure they don’t escape without notice, we’ve gathered every possible update, hack, and other miscellaneous tomfoolery from the last week and crammed them into one convenient roundup. If you find something available for your device, please give us a shout attips at engadget dawt com and let us know. Enjoy!

Official Android updates

  • Guess which phone’s finally getting Gingerbread: the HTC Thunderbolt. Yes, we’re being serious. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in, and thanks Eddie for the image!]
  • Gingerbread is now rolling out to the Motorola Droid Pro and Droid 2 Global. [PhoneScoop]
  • The HTC EVO Design 4G wasn’t out for very long before it was ready for a maintenance release. It’s called version 1.19.651.0, and no change log was found right away.
  • More HTC stuff: the EVO 3D also offers a small bug fix in the form of a security update under the name of version 2.08.651.3. [AndroidCentral]
  • The LG Revolution on Verizon’s also officially gaining Android 2.3. [Pocketnow]
  • In the UK, HTC Desire S owners are now finding themselves beneficiaries of the Android 2.3.5 firmware update as well as Sense 3.0. [AndroidCentral]
  • How about a couple for the little guys? CSpire, formerly known as Cellular South, is pushing Gingerbread to its Samsung Galaxy S and Motorola Milestone X. [AndroidCentral(1) and (2)]
  • Sony Ericsson announced this week that Android 2.3.4 is rolling out to the 2011 Xperia lineup around the world. Additional enhancements include 16x video zoom, WiFi DLNA, screen capture capability, ability to attach USB peripherals to Sony Ericsson LiveDock and more.

Unofficial Android updates, custom ROMs and misc. hackery

  • The Samsung Stratosphere on Verizon has been successfully rooted. [AndroidCommunity]
  • HTC devices receiving the official Gingerbread kernel source from HTCDev this week: The Evo Shift 4G, the Thunderbolt and Droid Incredible. [AndroidCentral]
  • When it rains, it pours — the Thunderbolt, on top of receiving Gingerbread and its accompanying kernel source, has also found itself on the receiving end of an Ice Cream Sandwich SDK port. As can be expected, it’s still in prealpha stages and has a few bugs to work out. [AndroidCommunity]
  • If you’re a CM7 user, there’s now a file available that will turn your lock screen into one that resembles Ice Cream Sandwich’s style. [Droid-Life]

Other platforms

  • Microsoft’s pushing a firmware upgrade to the LG Optimus 7 Windows Phone which seems to grace the device with WiFi tethering and the ability to locate hidden WiFi networks. [WMPowerUser]
  • It’s not a BlackBerry firmware update, but many people still have a soft spot for BBM and will be interested to know that RIM is putting out version 6.0.1 with a few enhancements. Head to the source to check it out. [MobileTechReview]

Refreshes we covered this week

Refresh Roundup: week of October 24, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 30 Oct 2011 11:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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C Spire’s Samsung Galaxy S gets its Gingerbread update

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If you've got a Samsung Galaxy S on C Spire (nee Cellular South), word is you've got an Android 2.3 update waiting for you via the Kies desktop program. Along with the Gingerbread UI and other usual changes, C Spire's also touting:

  • Improved battery performance
  • Improved IMAP/POP3 e-mail performance
  • Improved account and contact sync performance (like Facebook)
  • MMS size increased from 512KB to 1MB

Shame you still have to use Kies to update, but, hey, a Gingerbread update is a Gingerbread update, right?

Source: C Spire; More: What's new (pdf)
Thanks, Bobby!


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Samsung Has Sold 30 Million Galaxy S And Galaxy S II Devices Combined

Samsung Mobile is reporting that they have now sold 20 million original Galaxy S phones and 10 million Galaxy S II phones worldwide.  The Samsung Galaxy S was released during the summer of 2010.  All four US carriers carried a variation of the original Galaxy S device.

The Samsung Epic 4G featured a qwerty slide out keyboard and a 4G Wimax radio, this was the Sprint version of the Galaxy S.  The first one to release though was the T-Mobile Vibrant, followed shortly after by the Samsung Captivate.  The Samsung Fascinate on Verizon rounded out the foursome of Samsung Galaxy S phones on the nations tier 1 carrier.  US Celluar, and Cellular South also received their own version of the device.

More after the break
In 15 months the Galaxy S has tallied up 20 million in sales.  The Galaxy S II on the other hand is growing quite a bit quicker.  The US just received their variants of the Galaxy S II on Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T.  The T-Mobile version of Samsung’s follow up device was actually the last one to release this time around.  Verizon held out on the Samsung Galaxy S II presumably to launch the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus or perhaps because they are going to receive the Samsung Galaxy S II HD.

Samsung Telecommunications (Mobile) President, JK Shin had this to say: “Since its launch only five months ago, GALAXY SII has seen tremendous sales success and garnered enthusiastic reviews from consumers and mobile industry watchers across the globe. This is in addition to the continued sales momentum behind GALAXY S, which we launched at CTIA 2010 as continues to be a run-away success with consumers,” and added, “The phenomenal success of these smartphones once again demonstrates how the GALAXY S smartphones is setting the standard for smart mobile technology around the world.”

Now that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been announced are you still considering a Galaxy S II or has the Vanilla Android flavored Galaxy Nexus won you over?

source: Samsung

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Nexus Prime for Everyone

Well, we were pretty sure about this and now, luckily, we have a little proof. If you remember, we have already mentioned that the Galaxy Nexus Prime device will be released on Verizon Wireless only. Of course, it was some kind of trolling game making us feel nervous about the latest product from Samsung and Google with the newest Android 4.0 operating system. The Galaxy Nexus looks to be launching on more than just the big four in the US. Together with Verizon we will also see the Prime coming on Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T together with Cellular South, Metro PCS, and US Cellular. See, I’ve told you, everything will be fine! Of course, you will have to wait a bit for all the Nexus Prime smart-phones to hit the mobile store shelves but you can use this time for picking your favorite carrier and choosing the one contract offer you like the most.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus sign-up page goes live with seven carriers

Good news for aspiring Galaxy Nexus owners: Samsung may intend to bring the phone to every single major American carrier, and at least three regional carriers as well. A new sign-up page has appeared at Samsung’s store, directing US customers to list a carrier preference. Seven carriers are listed, including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

We know that Verizon will be getting the Galaxy Nexus, and it’ll probably have some kind of limited exclusive in the U.S. market. The HSPA+ version (the same one that was displayed throughout Google’s Hong Kong event) has cleared the FCC using bands for AT&T and T-Mobile. The other four carriers listed on the website are probably up in the air at this point – there’s no hard evidence that Samsung is actually making devices for anyone besides Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, but if there’s enough consumer demand, they’d probably be open to the idea.

We still don’t have confirmation from Verizon that the Galaxy Nexus is coming at all (maybe they don’t want to steal the Motorola DROID RAZR‘s thunder?) but Samsung confirmed that Verizon would be the first to get it in the US. One of the official Google videos also showed off the Galaxy Nexus with Verizon branding, so you can expect the phone to land in Big Red’s stores sometime in November. Who knows how long it’ll be before other consumers can get a hold of it – if you’re on Cellular South, US Cellular or Metro PCS, it couldn’t hurt to head over to Samsung’s sign-up page and express your interest.

Check out our hands-on looks at the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich below:

Galaxy Nexus Hands-on

Ice Cream Sandwich Hands-on

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : GALAXY Nexus
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : October 18, 2011
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As : Nexus Prime

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.65 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×720
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.33 Inch
  • Width : 2.67 Inch
  • Depth : 0.35 Inch
  • Weight : 135 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1750 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : OMAP 4460
    CPU Clock Speed : 1200 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
  • CDMA
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
    CDMA Band:
  • 900
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via AndroidGuys]

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Galaxy Nexus signup page includes seven US carriers, endless speculation

Samsung and Google still haven’t officially revealed which US carriers will be getting the Galaxy Nexus next month — even though Verizon has been leaked, is shown in the official trailer (included after the break, look at 0:22), and there was a quickly-retracted Facebook confirmation earlier today. Now, the official signup page for release info on Samsung’s site allows users to show their carrier preference between AT&T, Cellular South, Metro PCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon. It’s hardly a confirmation this latest Android phone will ever be available on all of them, but even if you’re not on Big Red, we won’t kill your Ice Cream Sandwich dreams yet.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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Galaxy Nexus signup page includes seven US carriers, endless speculation originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Is C-Spire getting the iPhone 4S? Its website says so (Update: confirmed)

Whoa, stop the presses — we’re not sure if this is officially in the pipeline or if it’s just a matter of wishful thinking, but Sprint may not be the smallest carrier in the US to offer an iPhone 4S for much longer. That’s right: regional carrier C-Spire (formerly known as Cellular South) has the iconic device splattered front and center on its home page, stating that it’s coming soon. We’re not certain if the iPhone 4 will be offered as well, and no specific availability or pricing is given yet, but you can sign up to be notified as soon as more 411 is ready. The possibility of one of the little guys getting the iPhone is an exciting prospect, since it may lead the charge for more regional service providers to get Apple’d up. We love rooting for the underdog, after all.

Update: And just like that, it’s official, folks! C-Spire just reached out to us to confirm that iPhone pre-registration begins today, with the device launch in “the coming weeks.” Needless to say, if you’re a C-Spire customer, your holiday wish list may have just grown.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Is C-Spire getting the iPhone 4S? Its website says so (Update: confirmed) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 10:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus signup sheet shows 7 US carriers

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All kidding and interweb trolling aside, nobody really thinks the Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon exclusive.  But the site to register for more information does have something there few were expecting — the Galaxy Nexus looks to be launching on more than just the big four in the US.  Besides Verizon, we see listings you would have imagined, like Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, as well as a few others — Cellular South, Metro PCS, and US Cellular.

A Nexus phone on every major US carrier?  Who would have imagined that two years ago.  Nice work Google and Samsung, let's hope it's not a misprint or typo.  We'll be on the lookout for individual carrier announcements in the coming days and weeks.

Source: @AshleyEsqueda


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AT&T moves to dismiss Cellular South filing

Yesterday AT&T asked the federal court to dismiss the Cellular South (now C Spire) complaint aimed to block the proposed merger with T-Mobile. AT&T claims the competitive concerns raised by Cellular South weren’t legitimate, and submitted an email as evidence. AT&T has evidence of a March 21st email from Cellular south’s president, Hu Meena, proposing a spectrum and roaming access agreement between the two companies.

Cellular South suggested that it would not oppose the merger if AT&T would agree not to engage in facilities-based competition in Mississippi,” AT&T said in its filing. “This inappropriate proposal confirms that what Cellular South fears is competition, not lack of competition.” Cellular South is currently putting together a statement about the accusations and will release it later.

In the Sept. 19th lawsuit to block the acquisition, Cellular South said the merger “threatens to substantially lessen competition” and will cause them significant losses and damages.

How do you guys feel about the proposed merger and what it would do to smaller companies? I personally like having the option to chose between 4 major carriers here in the U.S..

AT&T moves to dismiss Cellular South filing


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AT&T Asks Judge To Throw Out Cellular South Lawsuit To Block AT&T-Mobile Merger

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AT&T has filed motions to dismiss both of the complaints filed by Sprint and Cellular South (now C Spire Wireless) to block their merger with T-Mobile. AT&T argues that both carriers are only in it for themselves and not the interests of the general public like they claim. In a surprising turn of events AT&T went on to reveal that Cellular South was actually trying to negotiate privately with AT&T (before their lawsuit) that they would support the merger if,

“AT&T would agree not to engage in facilities-based competition in Mississippi. This inappropriate proposal confirms that what Cellular South fears is competition, not lack of competition.”

Snaps. Cellular South said they would prepare and have a statement on the allegations from AT&T later. However, Sprint’s PR guy, John Taylor spoke out on AT&T’s actions saying,

“AT&T promised more than two weeks ago that they would take this step. They only reason that AT&T do today is that a Federal judge issued a court order requiring them to do so. And neither motion has any merit whatsoever. Section 7 of the Clayton Antitrust Act expressly provides for the rights of private parties to file antitrust litigation and that’s exactly what Sprint and C-Spire have done.

Look for formal responses to be filed in Court next Friday. The judge has scheduled oral arguments for October 24. It should be an interesting day in court.

On another note, Sprint was pleased to hear that today the U.S. Department of Justice has added the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to its antitrust lawsuit against AT&T. If this transaction goes forward, AT&T will have 56 percent of the island’s wireless business. By any measure this will give consumers in Puerto Rico less choice and lead to higher prices.

For our part at Sprint we will continue to stick up for competition and will work with Judge Huvelle as she seeks to efficiently try both this case and the Justice Department’s case which both seek to stop the clearly anti-competitive proposed transaction.”

Att’a boy, Sprint. Give ‘em hell. What do you guys think about all of these antics? Are Sprint and Cellular South really only in it for themselves and not “the public” as they claim? Does it even matter? All I know is I don’t want T-Mobile going anywhere. I like the option of 4 national carriers in the US.

[BusinessWeek via Engadget]


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AT&T Files Motions To Get Sprint & CSpire Suits Dismissed

AT&T is trying for dear life to hang onto the proposed buyout of T-Mobile. Today, AT&T filed motions to have the lawsuits filed by CSpire (formerly Cellular South) and the nation’s third largest wireless carrier, Sprint, dismissed.

Sprint responded to AT&T’s motion with the following statement:

“There’s nothing surprising about AT&T’s motion to dismiss this litigation. AT&T promised to take this step more than two weeks ago but only filed this motion today because it was ordered to do so by the Court.  AT&T’s motion is without merit, and Sprint will respond to it next Friday and continue to cooperate with Judge Huvelle as she seeks to efficiently try both this case and the Justice Department’s case against AT&T.”

More after the break

According to court documents CSpire was prepared to be on “AT&T’s side” just as long as they agreed to not engage in facilities based competition in Mississippi, CSpire’s home state. Essentially, AT&T alleges that CSpire would not have filed a lawsuit if AT&T would have agreed not to compete with them in their home state.  All and all AT&T is trying to convince the court that CSpire is only acting in their best interest and not in the interest of the customers.

source: BGR

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AT&T asks court to dismiss lawsuits filed by Sprint and C Spire Wireless

Well, look at Ma Bell now, wishing it’d all just go away. Tied up in lawsuits, the company has filed motions to dismiss the two complaints brought by Sprint and C Spire Wireless (formerly Cellular South), which seek to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile. In the filings, it’s argued that the two providers represent their own interests, rather than that of the public. AT&T further reveals that C Spire had pursued private negotiations prior to the lawsuit, where the regional provider agreed to support the merger “if AT&T would agree not to engage in facilities-based competition in Mississippi.” Ma Bell goes on to state, “This inappropriate proposal confirms that what Cellular South fears is competition, not lack of competition.” Given the latest maneuver (which smacks heavily of PR spin), there’s no doubt that lawyers for Sprint and C Spire will have a bit of homework for the weekend.

AT&T asks court to dismiss lawsuits filed by Sprint and C Spire Wireless originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cellular South is C Spire Wireless Now

It looks like Autumn is the highest time for changes and along with Verizon and AT&T, another USA mobile carrier is getting prepared for major changes. At least – that’s what she said. So, starting September, 26 Cellular South will change its name and from now on we will have to call it C Spire Wireless. Well, changing names doesn’t solve the problem but some people believe that changing your name should change your destiny. Well, we wish you luck no matter what. But this won’t be the only update. Despite the fact that Cellular South (C Spire Wireless) has about 1 million subscribers, they are going to roll out a high speed LTE network in the near future. Also, Cellular South customers will be offered a new customer loyalty plan, deeper social network integration, and a customized app recommendation service for subscribers. It is too early to make any conclusions but without any doubt this is very smooth and righteous move.

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Engadget Mobile Podcast 105 – 09.25.2011

A big week, a very big week for sure. Look at all of those phones, look at all of those news items. We’ve brought along our good-natured, well-rounded, and slightly-pottymouth’d associate Mr. Christopher Trout to help us make sense of it all with an edgy feel. It’s a good one, if we do say so ourselves. Sit back, crack open a vintage flip phone, and enjoy the show.

Host: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen
Guest: Christopher Trout
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: Daestro – Light Powered (Ghostly International)

00:02:15 – Introducing Engadget Distro!
00:04:10 – HP’s unreleased white TouchPad and Pre 3 for AT&T (hands-on video)
00:15:00 – Review score review
00:20:14 – HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio, we go ears-on (video)
00:26:30 – HTC Rhyme with Sense 3.5 hands-on (video)
00:28:58 – 4G variant of HTC’s Radar spotted in the wild, flying a magenta flag
00:30:52 – HTC Raider 4G arrives bearing South Korean LTE, looks a lot like the Holiday
00:32:45 – Sprint reportedly capping its mobile hotspot plans October 2nd
00:35:23 – Sprint to launch Direct Connect October 2nd, confirms mobile hotspot capping
00:35:52 – Sprint’s Motorola Admiral quietly displayed on YouTube as America watches dancing cats
00:35:55 – Kyocera Duramax is in the batter’s box, launching with Sprint Direct Connect October 2nd
00:41:19 – AT&T flips 4G LTE live, nearly 97 percent of America wonders where the party is
00:43:47 – Samsung Galaxy S II makes its AT&T debut October 2nd for $199 on contract
00:46:13 – Game on: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G ready at AT&T for $50
00:46:28 – Motorola Atrix 2 peeks out (again) from the wild, destined for AT&T’s faux-G?
00:49:25 – Pantech Breakout now available to bring LTE to the light-walleted
00:51:36 – Samsung Nexus S 4G updated to Android 2.3.7, brings Google Wallet support
01:01:45 – ‘Personalized Wireless’ launching September 26th (update: it’s Cellular South, and it’ll be regional)
01:03:47 – Verizon starts ‘optimizing’ (read: throttling) network for the most data hungry users
01:11:36 – T-Mobile CMO: no iPhone 5 on our network this year
01:14:08 – LG LU6200 spotted in the wild, with 720p HD display taking center stage
01:14:55 – Samsung SHV-E120L comes out of the development dark, is the Xtina to LG’s Britney
01:16:09 – LG unveils Optimus Q2 QWERTY slider, slated for Korean launch next week
01:17:05 – 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X coming to Telus, still as Herculean as ever
01:24:00 – Listener questions

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C Spire – the rebranding of Cellular South – Personalized with Infinite Data?

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Yesterday Cellular South announced they were changing their name to C Spire.  Founded in 1988 Cellular South is the largest privately held wireless company in the United States with service in 5 southern states. On Monday, September 26th they will officially become C Spire.  C Spire aims to offer “personalized wireless services tailored to each individual customer.”  They aim to do so through a number of services and programs.
“We have entered a new era in wireless – an era centered on broadband networks, mobile computing devices and now personalized services. Completing calls is only a small part of what we deliver our customers,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire. “Since 1988, our main focus has been on providing exceptional service for our customers and their wireless needs. Those needs have changed dramatically and will do so at an even more rapid pace in the future. In the new era of wireless, given our continued focus on the customer, we have been inspired to sharpen our vision for delivering the best possible experience in wireless and look forward to doing just that under the C Spire brand.”

INFINITE DATA: Exactly the same as Unlimited data everywhere else?

C Spire stated that they were going to be announcing Infinite Data which was explained as never-ending river of bytes;  ”Unlimited data has gotten such a bad name so we could think of only one word, infinite.” said CEO Hu Meena.  Our own Kyle (thedroidguy) asked what the definition of infinite was and the original answer followed what was stated in the press release:
“In addition to C Spire’s personalized wireless services, another important part of the wireless equation is to provide plans that also allow users to get more out of their devices by eliminating the guesswork and limitations surrounding data usage,” Hankins said.
Personalized Plans with infinite Data: With personalized options built around customers’ wireless needs, C Spire offers a variety of individual, family and business voice and data plans that give users the freedom and flexibility to use their phone how they want and when they want. C Spire understands that when customers have to measure and limit their data, they aren’t getting the optimal experience with their wireless provider. That’s why the company is  introducing Individual and Family Choice Plans that offer customers the ultimate in choice and flexibility, and access to infinite data.
After the question was answered – Mr Meena was quickly told to restate the comment – saying this (I am paraphrasing) -
“The infinite data is for texting, SMS, and web access but not for streaming data”
When this was first stated there was an uncomfortable silence as both Hu and Kyle were wondering if the obligatory follow-up question would be heard – “SO INFINITE IS REALLY JUST UNLIMITED?” We all heard it even without TheDroidGuy’s line still being open.
*Before the conference call had even been ended I had already sent an email to the three press contacts listed on the invitation to the conference call. The moment the call was terminated I was calling to try to get clarification about the ACTUAL meaning of INFINITE.  I will be following up tomorrow.* (editors note)

The convergence of services, programs and, services is intended to create this personalized service.  Below you will find the different aspects of the new programs:

SCOUT: C Spire is creating an optimum, personalized app experience not available at any other wireless carrier. The company is providing our customers, and others interested in personalizing their app experience, unprecedented access to the best and most relevant apps specifically for them. C Spire gets to know each customer in a more intimate way and give them app recommendations that fit who they are.
PERCS: C Spire personalizes the wireless experience through a one-of-a-kind Percs program, which gives customers and non-customers rewards just for the things they do with us. Current and prospective C Spire customers will get “percs” for things like sharing their views on our community social forum, joining our Scout program, and for being a loyal customer.
Social Media Integration: As a wireless communications provider in the social networking space, C Spire integrates into customers’ lives. In order to personalize each customer’s interaction with C Spire on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, C Spire has developed programs that directly interact with customers on a personal level, including personalized app recommendations, daily prizes and gaming, insider information, the unique ability to share with friends as well as an industry-first customer care live chat.
CIRCLE:Delivering a truly personalized wireless experience requires understanding what customers want and need. In order to gain that understanding and knowledge, C Spire is engaging its customers in a two-way conversation and listening to what they have to say through online panels, focus groups, user-generated initiatives and more. This gives the company  valuable information and tools needed to create unique experiences for its customers, who will help shape the future of their experiences. C Spire’s close relationship with its customers, through Circle, is how we’re delivering the right services and information to the right customer at the right time – that’s personalization.
PULSE:C Spire is on a mission to get to know our customers and understand their likes, dislikes, wireless wants and needs. To achieve this closeness with our customers, C Spire has developed a series of proprietary systems that enable us to discover new ways to interact and give customers a personalized wireless experience. Pulse is “the brains” behind the company’s ability to provide its customers with a truly unique experience at nearly every point of brand  engagement. Customers will find that discovering and managing apps and digital content, social platforms integration, the service experience in stores, customer care online, sharing with and influencing others and determining the direction of future C Spire experiences all will be uniquely personal. And, everything will work much better together. All of this will be done in an industry-first fashion, with customers being in complete control of if and when they want to share information and how it will be used to drive their own personal experiences.
Converged Services: C Spire is not just a wireless service company. It is a multi-media technology provider that is seamlessly connecting all of our customers’ devices for an optimum, converged experience. The company’s Converged Services connects consumer electronic devices to easily access and share media content. With C Spire, customers will be able to control a variety of devices wirelessly, including computers, TVs, DVRs, digital cameras and even cars and refrigerators in the near future – creating the total multi-screen experience.

“Households today are filled with a variety of advanced electronic devices that work great on their own, but can’t talk to each other,” Hankins said. “Our customers want seamless device integration so everything works better together. That is C Spire’s Converged Services.”

State-of-the-Art Website: C Spire’s new website (cspire.com), which is like nothing else in the industry, o ers a personalized experienced specific to each individual customer. The interactive and colorful site features an app-like experience that is home to several of C Spire’s personalized services offered to its current customers and future customers. Specifically, C Spire’s Genie tool follows each customer as they journey throughout the site and seamlessly injects personalization into each user’s unique experience with cspire.com.

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Cellular South renamed C Spire Wireless, becomes Puff Daddy of regional carriers

We were expecting something big to come out of Cellular South this coming Monday, but we definitely didn’t anticipate the company going all Diddy Dirty Money on us. Letting the cat out of the bag a few days early, the regional carrier is re-branding itself as C Spire. The name is apparently inspired by the company’s dedication to customized wireless services, and will become official Monday with a new website: cspire.com. The new service includes an app recommendation program, known as Scout, a rewards program called Percs, “social media integration,” and customer service initiatives known as Pulse and Circle. This new name also ushers “personalized plans” with “infinite data,” which C Spire’s CEO, Hu Meena, points out is actually unlimited, with no nights-and-weekends-style restrictions — except when it comes to streaming data (which will carry its own unique charges). He went on to say that the new services will come at no charge to existing Cellular South C Spire customers. And the whole shebang looks like it’s going to be an opt-in affair. More details await you in the very lengthy press release after the break.

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Cellular South to become C Spire Wireless on Sep. 26

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Cellular South has announced they will be changing their name, and the way wireless is personalized come Sep. 26 when they officially become C Spire Wireless.  While Mississippi based Cell South isn't one of the big four national carriers, they do have about 1 million subscribers and have plans to roll out a high speed LTE network in the near future, so big changes will not go unnoticed nationwide.

What are the changes exactly?  The press release is scant of full details, but it does tell us that they will be offering a new customer loyalty plan, deeper social network integration, and a customized app recommendation service for subscribers.  As always, we'll reserve any final judgment on just how good these changes are for the consumer until we see them in practice, but it's refreshing to see any wireless provider aware that people have a choice and try to offer services to keep them.  I know we have readers using Cell South, so what say you?  Do you think these changes make your experience better, or worse? 

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Twitter opens up photo sharing via text message on some carriers

We’re not exactly lacking in ways to share a photo on Twitter these days, but one key area that has been left behind is the venerable text message — which is pretty important for the millions of people that don’t have smartphones. While tweets via text have been possible since day one, Twitter has only just now opened up the ability to post a photo via MMS. That service is only available on some carriers initially — AT&T, Verizon and Cellular South in the US, Vodafone, O2 and Orange in the UK, and Rogers in Canada, plus Vodafone Italy, VIVA Bahrain and TIM Brazil — but Twitter says that it’s working to bring the feature to additional carriers. Actually sending a photo via text is as simple as you’d expect (just attach it to your message and send it to the appropriate number for your country), but you’ll of course have to be aware of any additional charges your carrier might impose.

Twitter opens up photo sharing via text message on some carriers originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cellular South Files Lawsuit To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

The largest independently owned regional wireless carrier in the country, Cellular South, filed a lawsuit Tuesday, in an attempt to block the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger.  Cellular South is the 9th largest carrier in the US by sales and operates in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and Kentucky.

Despite being a smaller carrier, Cellular South joins the ranks of Sprint and the Department of Justice in those who’ve filed suit against the proposed merger.  Cellular South currently has just under a million customers. AT&T on the other hand has 96 million customers. Cellular South contends that they are already impacted by the big two; Verizon and AT&T, which will only get worse if the merger is granted.

Cellular South said: “The merger of AT&T and T-Mobile is anti-competitive, and will result in consumers facing higher prices, less innovation, fewer choices and reduced competition,”

Sprint contends that the merger will impact customers by driving rates up in a monopolistic landscape. The merger will also drive up vendor prices for companies that supply wireless carriers with needed equipment for infrastructure build out.  Seven attorney generals have joined the ranks of the DOJ as well in their opposition to the proposed deal.

Forbes has now downgraded the likeliness that the merger will happen to 30-40%.  Sprint also commented on Cellular South’s actions saying:

“Today Cellular South stands with the U.S. Department of Justice, seven state Attorneys General and Sprint in asking the Courts to protect American consumers from the harms to competition, innovation, and pricing that likely would result if AT&T is allowed to takeover T-Mobile,” Vonya McCann, Sprint’s senior VP of government affairs at Sprint said

Source: PhoneArena

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‘Personalized Wireless’ launching September 26th (update: it’s Cellular South, and it’ll be regional)

Does America need another wireless operator? Is the MVNO boneyard really due for another? Are you eager for a carrier that adapts to your needs, and magically delivers “stuff” that matters to you? Have you watched Napoleon Dynamite with your closest friends within the past week? We can’t promise that “Personalized Wireless” (or whatever it ends up being called) is destined to answer all of those inquiries, but it’ll at least strive to formulate a logical response to one of ‘em. A newly-aired teaser clip promises a network of a different color here in the States, and the company’s product page (captured above) leads to believe that all will be revealed come September 26th. We’re surmising that this has something to do with either Comcast or Clearwire given the token “C” logo at the end, but we’d be happy hear other opinions of the origin down in comments below. Vid’s after the break, vaquero.

Update: We have it on good authority that the launch here relates to Cellular South’s recent buyout of a number of southern cellular shops, with this being the merger of those. There aren’t any details yet on what it’ll mean for prospective customers in that region, but it seems — at least for now — that this won’t be a national rollout.

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Cellular South files antitrust lawsuit against AT&T over proposed T-Mobile takeover

Sprint and Uncle Sam aren’t the only ones taking issue with AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, because Cellular South has a bone to pick, as well. Yesterday, the provider filed a lawsuit against AT&T in a DC federal court, charging that its $39 billion merger with T-Mobile would violate US antitrust laws. “The merger of AT&T and T-Mobile is anti-competitive, and will result in consumers facing higher prices, less innovation, fewer choices and reduced competition,” Cellular South said in a complaint. The company went on to argue that legal evaluation of the merger must incorporate the perspectives of smaller, regional carriers who, like Cellular South, will “find it harder to secure both wireless devices at competitive prices and times and nationwide roaming.” An AT&T spokesman declined to comment on the case, but you can find more details about it at the source link below, or in the full press release, after the break.

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AT&T Files Formal Response To DOJ

AT&T has filed a response to the US Department Of Justice Lawsuit that was brought on to block the proposed AT&T /T-Mobile merger.  What AT&T has said may be shocking to you.

AT&T claims that the removal of T-Mobile from the competitive landscape would do no harm to consumers.  When the Department of Justice filed their lawsuit it was on the merit that the merger would change the competitive landscape and impact consumers in a negative way.  The Department of Justice and Sprint contend that eliminating T-Mobile would spark increased pressure to raise rates. Once merged both AT&T and Verizon would dictate the pricing structure for the other carriers.

More after the break

Even more shocking is that AT&T says MetroPCS and Cricket are bigger threats than T-Mobile. AT&T’s filing says that MetroPCS, Cricket, US Cellular and Cellular South are “innovative upstarts” that present more of a threat than T-Mobile.

AT&T was counting on swift Department of Justice approval.  When the lawsuit was first announced AT&T felt blindsided by the DOJ as they had complied with any and all requests before the lawsuit was filed. Typically in deals like this, once the Department of Justice has intervened as deeply as they have here, it’s hard to turn a deal around.

If the merger doesn’t happen AT&T may need to cough up $3 billion dollars in cash along with another 3 billion in incentives for T-Mobile.

Source: phonearena

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LG Enlighten Sale Image Appears for This Weekend

You’re going to be able to be picking up LG’s latest effort for less than a dollar right out of the gate if you happen to be heading to Wal-Mart this weekend – LG Enlighten being the name of the game, a 97 cent pricetag being the cost. What we’re looking at here is a mid-range Android slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and what MIGHT be Android 2.3 Gingerbread. That or you’ll just be working with FroYo – either way this device isn’t going to be busting apart the oncoming dual-core competition any time soon, so it’s not truly necessary for the world’s most advanced version of Android to be on this relatively small 3.2-inch display having smartphone.

The LG Enlighten looks to be a fabulous choice for those looking to get into the Android game for the first time with a 320×480 pixel resolution display, 800MHz processor, and 3 megapixel camera on the back. Also notice that it’s carrying the same in-display menu buttons on the right trend we’ve been seeing lately in Android devices, starting with the HTC Status here in the USA then popping up again in a few different Samsung devices. Look good to you? It’s been sliding around for far too long already if you ask me.

UPDATE: those of you with slide-out QWERTY keyboard-toting Android devices — what does your homescreen look like when the keyboard is popped out?

This Enlighten device from LG will be rolling out on Verizon with 3G connectivity, a microSD card slot capable of holding up to 32GB, and will have a perfectly generous 1500mAh batter attached. We’ve also got word that this device may be hitting US Cellular and Cellular South soon as well. For a buck, this Android device doesn’t look half bad. Look good for your new-to-smartphones uncle Jimbo?

[via WallMart Local Ad]

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