C Spire jumps into prepaid data

Regional wireless carrier C Spire Wireless launched prepaid data options, adding to the carrier's arsenal of offerings as it attempts to compete with the nation's larger wireless carriers.

C Spire's new data-only plans are available for tablets, mobile hotspots and USB modems. The plans include:

• 100 MB for seven days for $15
• 300 MB for 14 days for $30
• 1 GB for 30 days for $50

Interestingly, according to Wireless Week C Spire customers have the option of moving between the carrier's postpaid data plans--which offer lower prices for data--and the carrier's new prepaid data plans.

A number of other wireless carriers offer prepaid data plans. For example, AT&T Mobility offers no-contract data plans for tablets with prices ranging from 250 MB for $15 to 5 GB for $50.

In other C Spire news, the company recently began offering a cellular-powered home-phone replacement service in an effort to tap into the market for wired phone services.

The actions come as C Spire gears up for its September launch of its  LTE network. Privately held C Spire operates a network that covers Mississippi and parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Florida, and as of October it counted around 875,000 subscribers.

For more:
- see this Wireless Week article
- see this ClarionLedger article
- see this Commercial Appeal article

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