C Spire Wireless Boosting 3G Coverage by 1.3 Million POPs
C Spire Wireless today announced that it has expanded the footprint of its 3G network by an additional 1.3 million POPs in 61 cities and 65 counties across Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The expansion, which is part of a greater network update ahead of C Spire's planned Long Term Evolution upgrade, swells C Spire's 3G footprint by about 38%, from 3.4 million POPs to 4.7 million POPs. C Spire said the upgrade was completed by updating cell towers and adding fiber-based backhaul from cell sites to the network. C Spire recently rebranded itself from Cellular South, and also announced that it will offer the Apple iPhone in the coming weeks. It has a roaming agreement with Sprint so its customers can use their devices outside of its home service region.
Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier
Virgin Mobile USA, which is owned and operated by Sprint, transformed itself today into new provider much more closely aligned with the Virgin brand. Significantly, Virgin Mobile USA is now an iPhone-only carrier, meaning Apple's iPhones are the only phones Virgin will sell moving forward.
C Spire Boosts WiFi Hotspot Access for iPhones
C Spire Wireless today expanded its WiFi On service to iOS devices, allowing its iPhone customers to more easily connect to some 20 million WiFi hotspots around the country. The WiFi On app is already available to Android handsets.
C Spire Looking to Nab 700MHz Spectrum
C Spire Wireless is hoping to buy some Lower 700 MHz C Block spectrum from Waller Wireless. The companies recently filed the request with the FCC.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.