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,”
source: Reuters via Phonescoop
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
LG’s new QWERTY Android slider, once dubbed the “LG Gelato” is set to come to a handful of American carriers as the LG Enlighten. According to pocketnow, the LG Enlighten will come to Sprint, US Cellular, Cellular South and Verizon.
The LG Enlighten features a 3.2 HVGA display, 3.2 megapixel camera, and an 800mhz processor. 150mb of internal memory with a 2gb microsSD card in the box, of course the microSD slot can handle up to 32gb. It also features a full QWERTY keyboard.
Even though this is by no stretch a superphone, LG did very well with an entry to mid-range Android device last year when they released the original Optimus 1 to multiple carriers. Pocketnow is also reporting that there is a keyboard-less version of the LG Enlighten known as the Net P960 that would be more of an LG Optimus-1 Part deux.
The LG Enlighten is expected to start around $100 on a new two year agreement with most of the carriers. It’s also expected to be released as early as this Thursday.
Last November Cellular South and Samsung announced that they were teaming up to roll out a 4G/LTE network on the nation’s largest independently owned carrier. This week Cellular South revealed that they were still on schedule for a fourth quarter launch. They also highlighted an aggressive plan to make enhancements to their network.
Cellular South is using Samsung’s 4G/LTE networking equipment to upgrade their network. Samsung’s LTE equipment has undergone years of research and development and supports an open architecture which allows multi-vendor support. In other words Samsung’s equipment plays well with others.
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Cellular South, the largest privately held regional wireless carrier, and strong supporter of the Android OS has announced the addition of another Android device to their portfolio.
The Motorola Milestone Plus, bares a stunning resemblance to the Motorola Droid Pro on Verizon Wireless and the Motorola XPRT on Sprint. The Motorola Milestone Plus is Cellular South’s first world phone. This phone will operate on Cellular South’s CDMA network and roaming partners and overseas via GSM.
In addition the device brings a portrait style, fixed QWERTY keboard, Android 2.2, and a powerful 1ghz operating system.
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Cellular South, the largest independent regional wireless carrier in the US has just announced the availability of the Motorola Milestone X.
The Motorola Milestone X is the non Droid branded version of the Droid X from Motorola. It sports the same form factor, 1ghz processor and 4.3″ screen as the original Droid X. Despite the fact that the Droid X2 just launched on Verizon Wireless on May 26th, this is still based on the original Droid X.
The Motorola Milestone X joins a great portfolio of Android devices on Cellular South including the HTC Desire, the Samsung Galaxy S and the original Motorola Milestone.
Cellular South has made a firm commitment to Android, even running their own Superbowl tv commercial to promote, the then new, Samsung Galaxy S on Cellular South.
The Motorola Milestone X is available from Cellular South for $199 on a new two year contract and they’ll even send you a $50 reward card just for signing up bringing the grand total to $149.99. Visit cellularsouth (who’s website was going through some maintenance at posting) for more information.
source: Android Central
Last year, in total AT&T Mobility spent $15 million dollars total. This year they’ve already spent 7 million in the first part of the year in support of their proposed buyout of T-Mobile.
To date Sprint, Cellular South, Leap Wireless and now MetroPCS have gone on record with the FCC and the government against AT&T’s proposed purchase of T-Mobile for $39 billion dollars. The problem is that with as large as AT&T is they have the spending power to lobby more support.
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For all you Cellular South subscribers we have great news regarding the Motorola Xoom. It has been confirmed that the Xoom will be landing on Cellular South in the future for $599.99 with a free Novatel Mi-Fi hotspot. This will be a Wi-Fi only Xoom, so bundling is necessary. Right now, we do not have a release date, and Cellular South is only “saying its coming soon”. However, if you are thinking of jumping on the Xoom with Cellular South the data plans for the Mi-Fi are pretty reasonable.
- $19.99/1G with $20.00 for each GB thereafter (MiFi only)
- $29.99/3G with $10.00 for each GB thereafter (Data Card,Netbook and MiFi)
- $49.99/5G with $10.00 for each GB thereafter (Data Card, Netbook and MiFi)
Right now the only plans offered by Cellular South for the Mi-Fi is either 3GB for $30 or 5GB for about $60, which is not to bad compared to data plans with other carriers. Plus, Cellular South is planning on moving from their 3G to LTE by the end of the year. Overall, this is not a bad deal and you get to look forward to no contracts required either.
As soon as we have more information regarding release dates, we will be sure to keep you informed.
If you own an HTC Desire on Cellular South, like I do, than you will be glad to know that the Froyo update for the nexus one fraternal twin is rolling out now. Although we don’t personally have it yet we’ve been assured by our Cell South rep that we will see it within the coming days.
HTC is usually aggressive in rolling out Android updates. The best example has been the HTC Evo in the United States which received Froyo first. The international version of the HTC Desire has had Froyo for quite some time as well.
With Android 2.3 rolling out and available on the Nexus S as well as the Xperia Play we have in house, everyone is itching for another update, and hopefully for all it is soon!
The Froyo update promises Flash, app storage on the SD card and wifi hotspot.
If you’re a Cellular South customer with an HTC Desire than click the source link for information about the update. Then cross your fingers it’s an OTA so you should get it soon.
source: Cellular South
Cellular South, the largest privately owned wireless provider in the United States, is releasing a new TV commercial highlighting the Samsung Galaxy S during Sundays big game telecast.
Cellular South shows it’s commitment to Android once again. The regional carrier currently has a roster of 6 Android smartphones with a seventh waiting in the wings. The advertistement, which airs for the first time Febuary 6th, highlights the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, the most advanced smartphone in Cellular South’s current line up.
Cellular South also carries other Android powered superphones like the HTC Desire and the Motorola Milestone.
The ad takes place in a sports bar setting with tvs lining the walls. While the men in the commercial are deeply entrenched in the game on the tvs three women are hovered around a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone watching an HD quality video. Cellular South doesn’t say what happens next but they say it’s an interesting twist which highlights the features of the Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung’s Allshare software. Allshare allows users of Samsung Galaxy S phones to share content with other enabled devices. We are pretty certain the HD Video on the Galaxy S’ superAMOLED screen eventually makes it’s way to distrupt the game.
Because Cellular South is a privately held company they don’t have to jump through the corporate hoops that other carriers have to in order to test out new marketing methods, strategies, even devices. This makes smaller regional carriers like Cellular South and US Cellular more innovative to a degree.
Cellular South’s regional ad buy will accompany other national commercials which may appeal to the Android enthusiast like Motorola’s commercial in the second quarter and Angry Birds in the fourth.
Source: Cellular South
Cellular South, the largest independently owned regional carrier in the United States, keeps re-solidifying their commitment to Android. They prefer to pitch Android for business as opposed to Blackberry because of the Android platforms variety and applications.
Although not formerly announced the Samsung Gem has shown up on Samsung USA’s website and some assets have shown up on Cellular South’s website without a complete page yet.
The Samsung Gem is a top of the midrange device with it’s best in class 800mhz processor and Android 2.1. It features a 3.2″ WQVGA screen. You may remember the Samsung Gem as the phone that mistakenly made it onto a Bestbuy Mobile phone guide magazine back in the fall. It’s now sporting the identification number of SCH-I100ZKAXAR (the XAR is usually an indicator for Cellular South)
The Samsung Gem is expected to also have a sub $100 price on Cellular South and is a good value for the money.
Cellular South, the nation’s largest independently owned regional carrier is reminding people that Green is for Android, is for money, is for business. While Cellular South currently offers 2 Blackberry devices they offer 6 Android devices ranging from the HTC Hero to the Motorola Milestone (comparable to Droid), The HTC Desire (Comparable to Nexus S) and the Samsung Galaxy Showcase.
More and more business professionals are taking advantage of Android’s variety of form factors and hardware specs and the fact that Android has over 10x the amount of apps available than Blackberry Appworld.
Sherry Stegall, Senior Vice President for Sales and Customer Operations at Cellular South said “The business world, along with the wireless industry, continues to evolve. Professionals no longer rely on nine-to-five schedules and a corner office. Rather, today’s professionals travel and need a wireless device that provides them with the tools, speed and security necessary to keep them connected and productive,”
While many companies have experimented with App discovery, like Sprint’s Sprint ID service, Cellular South had an App called Discover apps built to help their customers sift through the hundreds of thousands of apps available. In addition to traditional search and categories Cellular South’s Discover App tool also makes weekly recommendations of apps to their customers.
Korea’s Samsung has announced that they’ve sold 2 million Galaxy S phones in their native country, since launching about 6 months ago. They have also announced they’ve sold 9.3 million Galaxy S phones worldwide and are on pace to meet a goal of 10 million before the end of the year.
Although the iPhone seems to be popular in Asia, in South Korea they have only sold 1.8 million iPhones since the iPhone was introduced in that country in November 2009 (yes over a year ago)
Samsung Mobile’s Galaxy S line and Galaxy Tab line feature Samsung’s own fast 1ghz hummingbird processor. The Galaxy S line features the bright feature rich superAMOLED screens which is a combination that can’t really be reckoned with. Last Thursday Samsung rolled out the Samsung Nexus S in conjunction with Google and Best Buy. The Nexus S has many of the same hardware features as the Galaxy S line, while also featuring vanilla Android and Gingerbread.