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Samsung Galaxy S II announced for US Cellular: ‘coming soon’ for $230

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
We already had a strong hunch that it was coming to US Cellular, thanks to the FCC, but now it’s official: Samsung’s iconic Galaxy S II is finally making its way to the regional carrier in the coming weeks for $230 on a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. This version of the GSII offers the same 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos CPU found in the original version, as well as a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), an eight megapixel rear camera and 16GB internal storage are also confirmed, though we think it’s highly likely this unit will feature the same specs as the rest of the series. Check out the full press release below for all the details released so far, and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear an official release date or any other deep dark secrets.

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Samsung Galaxy S II announced for US Cellular: ‘coming soon’ for $230 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BBB: AT&T has lowest complaint rate among major carriers, T-Mobile highest

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Among the top-four nationwide carriers in the United States, AT&T has managed the lowest ratio of Better Business Bureau complaints to customers over the past three years. Earlier this month, the BBB published data collected between August 2008 and July 2011 for the eight biggest wireless carriers in the U.S. The firm then measured total complaints for each carrier against its approximate total subscriber count according to the CTIA as of July to determine each carrier’s “complaint ratio.” Read on for more.

Between August 2008 and this past July, MetroPCS had the lowest number of complaints filed with the BBB with just 997. The regional carrier’s 9 million subscribers gives it a minuscule complaint ratio of 0.011%, the best among all carriers covered in the report. AT&T found itself in second place overall with a complaint ratio of 0.016%. Just 15,178 complaints were filed against the carrier over the three-year period in question, and AT&T’s complaint ratio was the best among the four major U.S. carriers.

Verizon Wireless was the No. 2 major carrier and fourth overall according to the BBB with a complaint ratio of 0.020% (20,876 complaints), and Sprint followed in the sixth spot with 0.044% (22,300 complaints). T-Mobile racked up 26,387 complaints over the three-year span and found itself in dead last with a complaint ratio of 0.078%.

Interestingly, carriers’ BBB complaint ratios don’t appear to correlate closely with the perceived quality of customer service they provide. According to a recent poll by J.D. Power and Associates, Verizon Wireless has the best customer service in the country, having scored 770 out of a possible 1,000 points. T-Mobile was second with a score of 766, Sprint was third with 752 and AT&T was scored the worst among major U.S. carriers with 751 points.

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Regional carrier C Spire to launch Apple iPhone 4S with unlimited data plans on November 11th

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Regional carrier C Spire, not T-Mobile, will become the fourth wireless carrier in the United States to offer Apple’s iPhone 4S to its customers. C Spire announced last month that it would soon carry Apple’s latest iPhone, and on Tuesday it announced launch details. The carrier will offer Apple’s 16GB ($199), 32GB ($299) and 64GB ($399) iPhone 4S models beginning November 11th, and plans will cost between $50 and $100 per month. C Spire also joins Sprint in offering unlimited messaging and data services with each iPhone 4S plan in its portfolio, though unlimited data on its two base plans excludes streaming. ”As a carrier dedicated to delivering the best personalized wireless experience, we’re proud to offer the amazing new iPhone 4S to our customers,” said C Spire CEO Hu Meena in a statement. “iPhone 4S offers an abundance of new features, and with our Choice Infinite data plans customers can enjoy all of them on our network without having to think about their next bill.” C Spire will also carry Apple’s iPhone 4 for $99 on contract. The carrier’s full press release follows below.

C Spire Wireless to Offer iPhone 4S on November 11

Pre-Registration Begins Today; iPhone Will Come With Infinite Data Plans

RIDGELAND, Miss., Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — C Spire Wireless today announced iPhone 4S will be available beginning Friday, November 11.

iPhone 4S will be available starting at $199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model and $399.99 for the 64GB model with a new two-year contract and data plan. In addition, the iPhone 4 8GB model is available for $99.99, also with a new two-year contract and data plan. iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will be available at C Spire Wireless retail stores, online at www.cspire.com/iPhone and through the Telesales group at 1-855-CSPIRE4. C Spire customers can pre-register for iPhone beginning today at www.cspire.com/iPhone .

iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. With the launch of iPhone 4S also comes the launch of iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

“As a carrier dedicated to delivering the best personalized wireless experience, we’re proud to offer the amazing new iPhone 4S to our customers,” said Hu Meena, president and chief executive officer for C Spire. “iPhone 4S offers an abundance of new features, and with our Choice Infinite data plans customers can enjoy all of them on our network without having to think about their next bill.”

The C Spire network is built for data devices, supporting the highest percentage of customers with smartphones in the nation. With personalized options built around customers’ wireless needs, C Spire offers a variety of individual, family and business voice and data plans that give users the freedom and flexibility to use their phone how and when they want. C Spire understands that when customers have to measure and limit their data, they aren’t getting the optimal experience from their wireless provider. That’s why the company offers Individual and Family Choice nationwide voice and data plans that offer customers the ultimate in choice and flexibility and access to infinite data.

        iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 require activation on one of C Spire's
        individual orfamily voice and data plans on a two-year contract:
                           Plan 1       Plan 2       Plan 3      Plan 4
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          Monthly Fee        $50          $70          $90        $100
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            Minutes          500       Unlimited      1,000     Unlimited
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              SMS         Unlimited    Unlimited    Unlimited   Unlimited
        --------------   ----------   ----------   ---------   ---------
           Data (MB)     Unlimited*   Unlimited*    Unlimited   Unlimited
        --------------   ----------   ----------   ---------   ---------
         iPhone 4 8GB      $99.99       $99.99       $99.99      $99.99
        --------------   ----------   ----------   ---------   ---------
        iPhone 4S 16GB     $199.99      $199.99      $199.99     $199.99
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        iPhone 4S 32GB     $299.99      $299.99      $299.99     $299.99
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        iPhone 4S 64GB     $399.99      $399.99      $399.99     $399.99
        --------------   ----------   ----------   ---------   ---------

*Plans 1 and 2 exclude streaming

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MetroPCS may be top contender for AT&T’s post-acquisition assets

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
The likelihood of a successful acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T may largely depend on what the latter is willing to give up. The largest GSM carrier in the US may need to throw a few assets overboard in order to satisfy the Department of Justice, and has reportedly been Rethinking Possible by engaging in discussions with several parties interested in scooping up the leftovers. According to Bloomberg, MetroPCS appears to be the frontrunner in the talks, and plans to meet with the Justice Department (alongside AT&T, of course) in the next two weeks to determine if the strategy will appease the regulating body. No guarantees here, of course: it seems like a lot of assets would have to change hands for MetroPCS — a regional carrier with roughly nine million subscribers — to be considered a large enough competitor to assuage the government’s concerns here. We can’t imagine the Feds would be satisfied with any small offering, considering the Department’s filed a lawsuit against Ma Bell to block the merger. We have a feeling this saga is just starting to get real interesting, so stay tuned.

MetroPCS may be top contender for AT&T’s post-acquisition assets originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Regional carrier C Spire Wireless to offer iPhone 4S

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011


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.

C SPIRE WIRELESS TO OFFER IPHONE 4S

Pre-Registration Begins Today; Device Will Launch in Coming Weeks

RIDGELAND, MS. (Oct. 19, 2011) – C Spire Wireless announced today that it will launch iPhone 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, in the U.S. in the coming weeks.

For further information or to register interest, please visit www.cspire.com/iphone. For more information on iPhone 4S, please visit www.apple.com/iphone.

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Samsung Galaxy S II ‘coming soon’ to AT&T, sign up page goes live

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

So a regional carrier from the home of Palin and moose meat beat ‘em to the punch, but AT&T’s at least showing signs that it’s ready to get the Samsung Galaxy S II train rolling. While it still looks like Sprint will be the first of the Big Four to bring its variant of the Android phone to the US, AT&T’s page for the handset is now live and sporting a nice big “Coming Soon!” That’s all she wrote for now, but if you’re dying to find out when Ma Bell will bring this Galaxy to you, hit the source link and sign up to get your email updates on.

Samsung Galaxy S II ‘coming soon’ to AT&T, sign up page goes live originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cincinnati Bell brings Froyo to Milestone XT720, holds your hand through rooting process

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Rooting is the dark side of the Android platform. It opens your phone up to a world of unsanctioned opportunities and typically has carriers swatting you back with illegal network usage fees. So you’ll understand how bizarre it is that Cincinnati Bell is offering Milestone XT720 users software and an instructional video how-to that boots Eclair out, for its Froyo successor. Making use of the widely-popular SuperOneClick app, intrepid owners will be walked through the usual root, back-up and ROM-flashing steps. But the regional carrier’s no dummy as the procedure ends with users unrooting their devices, freeing the network from unwanted congestion and reducing the risk of a bricked phone. Customers of this Ohio-based provider should check the source for a forbidden peek into Android’s underbelly.

Cincinnati Bell brings Froyo to Milestone XT720, holds your hand through rooting process originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jul 2011 21:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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‘Gem’ Android phone revealed on Samsung website

Friday, January 21st, 2011

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.

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U.S. Cellular offering $150 statement credit to those opening new smartphone lines

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Today, regional carrier U.S. Cellular announced a promotion aimed at courting new smartphone customers from both within and outside its existing customer base. The offer will give users opening a new smartphone lines a $150 credit off of future bills and is valid from today through November 29th. “We want to remove barriers for consumers who’ve heard about everything we have to offer and are ready to experience something better,” said Edward Perez, the company’s vice president of marketing and sales operations. “We believe the $150 activation credit combined with the great deals on our Android-powered smartphones and the unmatched benefits of The Belief Project will make it hard to resist giving U.S. Cellular a try.”

If you’re looking to jump to U.S. Cellular, or add a friend/family member to your current plan, now looks to be a pretty good time to do it. The press release is waiting for you after the break. Any takers?

U.S. CELLULAR MAKES IT EASY TO SWITCH WITH

$150 SMARTPHONE ACTIVATION CREDIT DURING HOLIDAY SALE

Current Customers Also Get A Credit When Adding New Smartphone Lines

CHICAGO [November 22, 2010] –  U.S. Cellular announced its latest in a series of customer-focused offers today that will appeal to potential switchers and delight current customers. The carrier introduced a $150 Smartphone Activation Credit for new and existing customers who add smartphone lines. The offer is available during a week-long sale on the carrier’s entire lineup of Android-powered smartphones that began today and runs through Monday, Nov. 29. New customers purchasing a smartphone and existing customers who add a smartphone line to their Belief Plan will get a $150 credit off future bills.

The activation credit gives consumers one more reason to take advantage of the Android sale and the benefits of The Belief Project, an array of innovative initiatives like “no contract after the first” with guaranteed upgrades to the newest phones at promotional prices every 18 months or even faster when using Belief Rewards points.

“We want to remove barriers for consumers who’ve heard about everything we have to offer and are ready to experience something better,” said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular. “We believe the $150 activation credit combined with the great deals on our Android-powered smartphones and the unmatched benefits of The Belief Project will make it hard to resist giving U.S. Cellular a try.”

U.S. Cellular recently introduced a $69.99 Primary Plus Plan, another smartphone-friendly offering, that comes with 5GB of data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging, and free GPS navigation. The monthly rate plan also comes with free unlimited incoming calls from any phone, nights and weekends and mobile-to-mobile calls. Family plans that appeal to smartphone users include the Essential Plus Family Plan that comes with two lines for $139.99 per month with 1500 shared minutes, unlimited messaging and 5GB of data per line. The Premium Plus Family Plan offers two lines with unlimited minutes and messaging, 5GB of data per line, Phone Replacement and GPS navigation for $179.99 per month.

The Belief Project recognizes customer loyalty with national bundled rate plans that offer customers the freedom to enjoy benefits without signing continuous contracts. Customers get valuable rewards for even faster phone upgrades in as little as 10 months. Rewards can also be used for additional lines, phones, accessories and ringtones. The Belief Project also includes the industry’s only Phone Replacement program that allows customers to bring in their accidentally broken or malfunctioning phone and get a replacement of the same or a similar model. Customers also can save up to 5 percent on their monthly plans for setting up autopay and paperless billing.

“We’re confident that once customers experience all of the unique benefits of being a U.S. Cellular customer, they won’t want to leave,” Perez said.

For more information about the $150 Smartphone Activation Credit and The Belief Project, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.

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U.S. Cellular jumps on Galaxy Tab bandwagon

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

It looks like regional carrier U.S. Cellular will throw its proverbial hat in the Samsung-ring and offer its customers the Galaxy Tab Android device. Most of us, by now, are familiar with the device’s spec sheet — Android 2.2, Flash 10.1, and 7-inch display — what we’re really interested in is the price and launch date of the device; all things the press release lacks. Hit the jump to read what you already know about the Tab and we’ll reach out to U.S. Cellular for a comment on the date and price.

Samsung Mobile Announces Samsung Galaxy Tab™ with U.S. Cellular®

Mobile tablet will feature 7-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2™ platform, Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 and front and rear-facing cameras for video chat support

DALLAS – October 28, 2010 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No.1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ with U.S. Cellular®. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is designed for people who want a premium mobile entertainment experience on the go, but don’t want to be weighed down by a bulky device. Weighing only 13 ounces and 12 millimeters thin, the Galaxy Tab fits conveniently in a pocket or purse.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab features a brilliant 7-inch enhanced TFT display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application processor supporting 3D graphics and smooth Web browsing and 1.3 megapixel front and 3 megapixel rear-facing cameras and is powered by Android 2.2™, including full support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1.

Just like Samsung’s Galaxy S™ smart phones, the Galaxy Tab includes Samsung’s Social Hub application, which syncs a users Messaging and Contacts to initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar, and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization.

Services like Google Maps™ Navigation (Beta) and Google Goggles are available on Google’s Android platform. With useful location-based services like Google Maps™, consumers can search in Standard English instead of entering an exact address. A search-by-voice function is just as intuitive, meaning searches can also be completed easily on the go.

Key features:

  • 7-inch enhanced TFT display with WSVGA resolution – Offers brighter colors and clearer pictures and delivers 1024 x 600 resolution whether watching a movie or reading a book
  • Rear-facing, 3MP camera and camcorder – AutoFocus captures DVD quality video
  • Front-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder – Enables video chat with other people who have video conferencing capabilities (applications available in Android Market™).
  • Corporate Email – Supports Android 2.2 Exchange ActiveSync e-mail to synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from office e-mail accounts
  • Wi-Fi® connectivity (802.11 b/g/n) and Wireless Hotspot support
  • Built-in 2 GB internal memory with 16 GB pre-installed microSD™ expandable to 32 GB
  • 4,000 mAh Battery – Provides ample power to watch movies, share content and surf the Web
  • Ultra thin at 12 millimeters and weighing 13 ounces – For users who don’t want to be weighed down by adding a mobile tablet to their pocket or purse Samsung Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive daily activities, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages
  • Customizable touch screen menu with drag-and-drop widgets

For additional information about the Samsung Galaxy Tab, visit www.samsungmobileusa.com.

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Cellular South confirms it will offer the HTC Desire

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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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.

Cellular South to Offer Its Third Android™-Powered Smartphone – the HTC Desire™ – Featuring One of the World’s Richest Media Experiences

RIDGELAND, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE) – Cellular South, the nation’s largest privately held wireless communications provider, announced plans today to offer the HTC Desire™, one of the most advanced Android™-powered touchscreen smartphones in the world. The HTC Desire is one of several new Android-based smartphones the carrier plans to launch this year.

Featuring a superfast, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that encourages easy and seamless multi-tasking, the latest Android™ 2.1 platform and access to more than 70,000 applications on Android Market™, the Desire features the latest HTC Sense™ experience.

The device, which the company expects to bring to market this summer, will feature built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and Google Maps Navigation™ BETA with voice-aided, turn-by-turn directions. More details will be available soon on other features of the popular smartphone.

“We’re excited about adding the HTC Desire to our expanding line-up of Android-powered advanced touchscreen smartphones,” said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer of Cellular South. “This device takes Android to a whole new level with HTC Sense and a platform that optimizes the rich media experience for news, the mobile web, music and video applications.”

Following on the heels of Cellular South’s record-breaking introduction of its first Android-powered touchscreen smartphone and its recent announcement of plans to offer the Motorola Milestone this summer, the company is poised to become one of the leading providers of Android-powered smartphone devices to consumers and businesses. Cellular South was one of the first U.S. carriers last November to introduce an Android™-powered smartphone with its launch of the HTC Hero™.

Pricing and Availability

The HTC Desire is expected to be available for sale online at www.cellularsouth.com and in Cellular South retail stores soon. For more information or to sign up to be among the first to receive the Android-powered HTC Desire advanced touchscreen smartphone, visit http://budurl.com/CSDesire. No final retail price has been set yet for the device.

To make owning the Desire an even better experience, Cellular South has the industry’s best value for smartphones with its Smartphone Unlimited plan – the only one of its kind in the nation – that makes the enriched user experience more accessible to individuals, families and businesses. For only $59.98 a month per line for two lines, customers can talk, text, access the Web, and e-mail on the smartest network for smartphones without worrying about counting minutes, megabtyes or surprise bills.

With better coverage, fewer dropped calls and more 3G high-speed data services than its competitors, Cellular South is the smartest place to get Android smartphones and offers the best mobile broadband experience for the HTC Desire.

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U.S. Wireless carriers get graded, ranked for their Q1 2010 performance

Friday, May 14th, 2010

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Strategy Analytics released its Q1 2010 metrics report for the U.S. Wireless carriers and it paints an interesting picture of the mobile landscape stateside. As expected, Verizon and AT&T led the pack with 92.8 million and 86.9 million customers, but were pretty much neck and neck where it really counts with churn, service revenue, data percentage of service revenue and ARPU being fairly similar when scaled. T-Mobile and Sprint showed a slight decline with each losing tens of thousands customers and reporting churns more than double that of Verizon and AT&T. Despite losing more customers than T-Mobile, Sprint still had the upper hand in service revenue, data percentage of service revenue and ARPU. Those were the figures for the big and medium players, so hit the jump to see how the little guys did.

US Cellular led the way with the third lowest churn rate (1.91%) and the highest ARPU ($52.42) amongst all U.S. carriers. It didn’t lose customers, but it wasn’t gaining them either adding a paltry 6,000 new subs. This small growth may change this summer as the regional carrier expects to add the Android-powered HTC Desire and the Samsung Acclaim to its lineup. MetroPCS, Leap Wireless and Clearwire also performing modestly having each added tens of thousands of subscribers and maintaining an ARPU that ranged from $37.96 to $42.77. The black sheep of the small-time carriers turned out to be Cincinnati Bell which lost 10,000 customers and had 3.3% churn.

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