Until now, iPhone has only been offered by America’s largest wireless carriers but that will soon change when C Spire Wireless, formerly known as Cellular South, announced it will soon carry Apple’s iPhone 4S. C Spire Wireless, which offers nationwide roaming through an agreement with Sprint, did not reveal a specific launch date but said that pre-orders for the phone will begin in the coming weeks. We expect the pricing to be competitive with Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. The iPhone 4S offers a dual-core Apple A5 processor, an improved 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, new Siri voice commands and more. Be sure to read our full review of the iPhone 4S for more on Apple’s latest smartphone, and hit the break for C Spire’s extremely brief press release. More →
The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom — and AT&T’s competitors won’t be sitting quietly. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse, Viktor Meena of Cellular South, and Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), will all be in attendance. Competitors are expected to grill AT&T’s Randall Stephenson on the deal that Hesse has said will “stifle innovation” and competition in the U.S. wireless market. While there are rumblings that AT&T has more money for lobbying than Sprint and other competitors, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, Verizon, will not be in attendance. “We are concerned this is an excuse for the government to insert itself into the marketplace,” Thomas Tauke, Verizon’s executive vice president of public affairs, policy, and communication, told The Wall Street Journal. Verizon’s concerned that AT&T could bow to government pressure on net neutrality regulation in an effort to get the acquisition passed. Sprint thinks the deal is bad for other reasons, and one spokesperson said the carrier will “explain [that it thinks] this takeover of T-Mobile is bad for consumers, bad for innovation and bad for the economy,” and added that Sprint sees the deal as a “job killer” that will create a “vertically integrated duopoly.” Meanwhile Stephenson has argued that the deal — over time — will actually be a “net job grower,” and that there’s already plenty of competition in the U.S. wireless market. Similarly, Cohen of the CWA, has called the deal a “victory for broadband proponents.” Earlier this month the Department of Justice assured the public that it will perform an “in-depth” investigation of the deal.
Ahead of any official announcement, Samsung has published images and information surrounding its upcoming Android-powered Gem smartphone. The Samsung Gem is thought to be launching soon with regional carrier Cellular South, which currently has six Android phones in its portfolio ranging from the $49.99 HTC Hero 6250 to the $199.99 Samsung Galaxy S Showcase. While pricing for the Samsung Gem has not yet been revealed, it is expected to land among the mid-range Android phones in the carrier’s catalog. The Gem features a 3.2-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, an 800MHz processor, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, microSDHC support and the Android 2.1 Eclair operating system. More →
HTC announced earlier today the Android-powered Desire was slated to land with select regional carriers in the U.S., but the smartphone giant did not name names. Rather than keep the nation in suspense, Cellular South has come forward as the first regional carrier to announce publicly that it will carry the HTC Desire. With coverage primarily in the Southeastern U.S., Cellular South is the largest privately held wireless carrier in the U.S. and one of the first regional carriers to embrace the Android platform when it offered the HTC Hero last fall. The Desire will join the Hero and the upcoming Motorola Milestone in Cellular South’s growing smartphone lineup. Exact launch date and pricing for the Desire was not disclosed but you can count on it to arrive later this summer. Check out the full press release after the jump. More →