CSpire LTE Launch On Schedule
Company Confirms Samsung Galaxy S III For Launch
In 2010 C Spire Wireless (formerly Cellular South
) insisted they'd have a new LTE network up and running by the end of 2011. That didn't happen. As 2011 rolled on the company became more vague about an LTE timeline, putting more PR emphasis
on the improvements they'd made to their EVDO network. Last March the company stated they'd finally be launching their LTE network in September of this year. A report in the Madison County Journal
(via Fierce Wireless
) states that CSpire says the build is going well, with the company seeing "speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G on a consistent basis" by their field engineers. 20 markets are slated to go live in Mississippi in September, with the company confirming they'll offer the Samsung Galaxy S III.
I just noticed something that's a bit disturbing C Spire's prices and features look good until you read about the data part of their plans. They include unlimited data, BUT that does not include video streaming. You get 30 minutes of streaming per month. If you want unlimited streaming, that will set you back another $30. Audio streaming is also broken out, but they're nice enough to give you unlimited audio streaming.
This is how they define streaming:
What is streaming?This is the first time I've seen a carrier do something like this, and, honestly, it stinks. I just hope that AT&T and VZW don't see this post, as it might give them ideas.
Streaming typically occurs when you watch video or listen to music via the Internet or an app. You do not stream data if the video or music is already stored on your device. Most, but not all, Android Apps are not counted as streaming unless the app downloads and plays a video file or audio file. For example, viewing a video on YouTube, Netflix, Facebook or ESPN is video streaming. Listening to Pandora and game broadcasts count as audio streaming, which is included in Infinite Data with all CHOICE D plans.
Until I read this, I was hoping that C Spire would build out in central Alabama. Now, I think I'll pass if they do.