#CSpire has just announced that it will soon carry Samsung’s latest flagship, the #GalaxyNote5. It’s not clear as to how much the smartphone will cost during launch, although we expect more word on that to come in soon. It’s good to see that Samsung is looking towards relatively smaller carriers for its flagship offering and not merely focusing on the big fishes in the telecom industry.
C Spire has been quiet about availability, but knowing that the Galaxy Note 5 has been in the market for quite some time now, we don’t think the wait will be too long until the carrier makes the device available for purchase.
To jog your memory, the Galaxy Note 5 is Samsung’s high end offering and comes with a 5.7 inch Quad HD display, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, the octa core Exynos 7420 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 3,000 mAh battery. The device also comes with an upgraded version of the S Pen stylus.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 on C Spire has just started receiving the Android 4.3 update. And as we were expecting, the update brings support for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. This packs the build number L710WWAMK4. Here’s a brief look at the changelog of the update:
Galaxy Gear Compatibility
Premium Suite Features
Group Play 2.5
Multi-Window (Note 3 Version)
Camera – Sound & Shot
Samsung Link Preload
New Easy Mode
The Galaxy S3 might be quite an old smartphone, but considering that it’s the flagship smartphone from 2012, we don’t expect Samsung to ditch it from its update cycle this early. With the timing of the update rollout depending heavily on the carriers, there’s very little consistency. Some variants of the smartphone have received the update a little over a month ago while lesser known carriers are getting it now. Nevertheless, users of the Galaxy S3 on C Spire can now get their hands on the Galaxy Gear smartwatch as well, which has been updated since its launch to improve functionality.
The HTC One is the second most popular device out at the moment, straggling against the Galaxy S4 but outperforming everything else in the US with over five million sales in the first few weeks.
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless has managed to grab the smartphone. For those that do not know, C Spire is a carrier that works on the SouthEast of the US but it is smaller than the big four and considered a regional carrier.
C Spire will offer the HTC One out to buyers for the same price as the big carriers, $199 on a two year contract. This seems fair for people who have waited for the phone to come to the SouthEast, unless AT&T or Sprint work in their area.
Two apps will be pre-installed onto the device, Text CS and WiFiON, this is usual carrier bloatware and surprisingly light compared to what AT&T and Verizon Wireless try to cram on their smartphones.
It is surprising that even C Spire, a regional carrier, has been able to get the HTC One on contract before Verizon Wireless, the biggest carrier in the US. Even with the HTC One blue coming exclusively to Verizon, we doubt it was worth the three month wait.
The regional wireless carrier C Spire has finally added the Samsung Galaxy S4 to its list of product offerings. The company announced the upcoming arrival of the Samsung Android flagship for 2013 back in April, and opened the device to pre-orders since that time.
The smartphone that was recently named the most-loved handset in a survey is available from C Spire works with what the carrier dubs as the sole 4G LTE network in the country that comes with a personal touch. By this, the carrier means that C Spire offers several personalized services. For instance, it comes with Scout, a feature that recommends editor- and user-reviewed apps which it deems best-suited for a particular subscriber’s needs and preferences. Subscribers are also entitled to rewards called PERC points that come in the form of data passes, device replacement discounts, accessory discounts, and phone discounts. A WiFi ON Android app from the wireless carrier likewise provides free, always-on Wi-Fi connectivity from 12 million hotspots worldwide. The Samsung Galaxy S4 from C Spire also features Text CS, a customer sevice feature that answers any questions that consumers may have about the handset or their C Spire account.It also comes pre-installed with the Amazon Mobile and Amazon MP3 with cloud player.
Apart from these, the C Spire Samsung Galaxy S4 has the same features with the others that are available from other carriers. The handset boasts of a 1.9 GHz quad core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a removable 2600 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 5-inch full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display, a multi-feature 13 MP rear camera, and a 2 MP front camera. The smartphone measures only 7.9 millimeters thin and weighs 4.6 oz. Two color options of the device are available: Black Mist and White Frost.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $199.99 with a 2-year contract from C-Spire.
In related news, the registration page for the HTC One from the same wireless carrier is now up, as well.
Major wireless carriers aren’t the only ones moving towards 4G LTE connectivity for their handsets — regional carriers are moving that way too. Formerly known as Cellular South, C Spire has announced that it has officially launched its 4G LTE service in both the Greenville and McComb markets as of today. Their hope is that this newly launched and expand service will bring in some blazing fast network speeds along with awesome handsets that are capable of using the full extent of 4G LTE. That said, C Spire has also announced the Motorola Photon Q smartphone on their network. They’ve said that the handset will be available for $199 on-contract, while the Samsung flagship device, the Galaxy S III, will be “coming soon.”
Is anyone interested in getting a handset off of C Spire? Sure, they aren’t a major carrier, but there’s no doubt that they at least have a decently good service for their customers. If you’re not in the C Spire coverage area, if you were, would you be interested in giving it a shot? It’s at least nice to know that lesser-known networks are also expanding. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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C Spire Wireless and Alcatel-Lucent are working together to carry on the $60 million-dollar initial upgrade of 4G LTE mobile broadband network. The operator is the first ever to offer high-speed mobile broadband in the state of Mississippi. This is a step that everyone has already been expecting when it laid out its plan in March this year.
In an announcement done by C Spire, Eric Hollingsworth, vice president of Network Operations for C Spire Wireless, said that the company’s broadband services will be made available in 20 markets covering 2,700 square miles. With more than 360 cell sites to be deployed, a population of 1.2 million will be given a data speed ten times faster than what they have now.
Basically, C Spire will be using Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE technologies including but not limited to IP Mobile backhaul for both 4G LTE and existing 3G CDMA traffic, base stations, IP Multi-Media Subsystem, and Wireless Pocket Core. All these would allow C Spire to develop and offer new and advanced internet-based services like Voice-over LTE (VoLTE).
“These innovative approaches will help us maximize speed and coverage and provide our customers with a network experience that they expect from our company,” Hollingsworth said.
The partnership with Alcatel-Lucent will give C Spire access to Bell Labs’ (subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent) technologies to make its services better. This research center has contributed a lot to the discovery of many technological breakthroughs as well as the transformation of the communications and networking services.
C Spire has already made significant progress since it announced its plan to deploy 4G LTE in March. It had already installed and tested all major core networking elements and completed the second phase of base station installment and integration that stretches through all the 360 cell sites. C Spire hasn’t provided a specific date as to when this upgrade would be completed but experts believe the company is bracing for a major launch in 4th quarter.
U.S. District Court Judge, Ellen Huvelle has agreed to allow both Sprint and C-Spire to move forward with their lawsuits against AT&T to block the $39 billion dollar proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T had originally sought to have those suits dismissed.
Huvelle is allowing Sprint to move forward with their injury claims about the effect the proposed deal would have on the market for wireless devices. Huvelle is also allowing C-Spire’s suit for injury claims about the effect the deal would have on roaming services.
Sprint’s suit that alleges the merger would effect their competitive practices in regards to the spectrum they need to serve their customers was dismissed. Huvelle also dismissed Sprint’s charges that the merger would hurt the market for backhaul services. On both counts Huvelle said that Sprint’s theory was not sufficiently supported.
AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel said “We believe the limited, minor claims they have left are entirely without merit,”
Good news for C-Spire Wireless (Cellularsouth) customers today as two of their flagship Android devices have been updated to Android 2.3, Gingerbread.
The Motorola Milestone X (Droid X) and the Samsung Galaxy S (original) have both received updates to Android 2.3.
The Samsung Galaxy S update is ready in the kies desktop program for users to manually update to the latest version of Android. The Motorola Milestone X on the other hand can find their update in settings, phone, updates, and have it download directly to the phone.
Both phones are brought up to the current (latest) version of Android which is Gingerbread, of course in a matter of weeks they’ll be behind a version when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is released. Neither Motorola or Samsung have said which phones will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich.
In addition to Gingerbread C-Spire says the updates will bring
Improved battery performance
Improved IMAP/POP3 e-mail performance
Improved account and contact sync performance (like Facebook)