Monday, October 10, 2011

And so it begins.....

From the C Spire forums:

Link to forum thread


Anonymous said...

Awesome. The Creekmores have long been aiming to make "C Spire" the Walmart of cellphones. This gets them a long way toward that goal.

RB said...

It's been the WalMart of cell phone companies for a long, long time. Decent service at a good price but a undeniably crappy selection of last year's goods. For the phones it sells, Big Lots or Hudson's may be a better fit.

Kingfish said...

Not their fault. The manufacturers had exclusive deals with the major carriers, freezing out cellsouth. Thus Cellsouth could not get the latest phones when everyone wanted an iphone or something similar. Main reason you see so many blackberries here compared to other states.

Anonymous said...

Company being positioned for sale. Just watch.

Kingfish said...

or a takeover of Sprint. Yeah, you read that right. Go look at Sprint's share price.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the bean counters have taken over like Delta. ( I have a very low Delta FF no. but now fly Southwest because my plans change on the return)

I sure hope the higher ups get back to customer service as the way to make money not reducing service or just charging more for the services we have come to love

Anonymous said...

Re: Sprint - see here:

Anonymous said...

Nope. They want to sell. The market dynamics worm has turned. Creekmores already waited too long to get out. They need to sell ASAP to get best price for company. It is all downhill from here. They are not going to put their private fortunes into a falling knife like Sprint.

Reed said...

According to that same thread, current plans will not be impacted. I stream all the time (music, Netflix, YouTube, etc) and charging me $360/yr extra is a way to send me ROCKETING to the competition.

There seems to be some confusion as to how current customers will be impacted down the road. When my contract ends in a year, I will be extremely put off if I have to re-up under these new plans.

By the way, calling something "unlimited" that isn't even close to unlimited should be illegal. The FTC should take a look at that.

Maybe we should all gather in Ridgeland in our knitted caps and hemp pants and occupy Renaissance. We'll smoke dope and screw anything that moves and post anti-corporate gripes from our iPads and spend our parents' money, all so we can have unlimited access to movies.

That's about as weighty a goal as the unwashed mass of human garbage in New York has.

Shadowfax said...


Anderson said...

Leaving aside the issue of CS's broken promise, I have to ask: why should anyone feel entitled to "unlimited" anything, much less unlimited streaming?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Anderson: no customer here feels "entitled" to anything. Unlimited streaming is what they offered, what we negotiated, and what we agreed to pay for (and have been paying for). No "entitlement" about it - they agreed to do it at a set price, and now they are reneging on their word (or contract).

I have an ancient Verizon plan I keep just because they no longer offer unlimited downloading on any plan.

These business people seem amazingly shortsighted - they advertised unlimited data, then complained about the impact on their bandwidth when people who purchased the plans with unlimited data transfer began to actually use a lot of bandwidth.

The alternative is that they are just thieves who planned this bait and switch all along.

Anonymous said...

Anderson @ 8:35 is a lawyer. I'm surprised a lawyer would ask that question. Obviously a contract is not a 'feeling of entitlement'. Even we dumbass un-lawyers know that.

Anonymous said...

i am constantly amazed at two things lately. 1) how negative everyone is about life in general and how they project that on to other companies/things 2) how little anyone really knows about anything. complaining about cellular south/c spire being a bad company... have you looked lately at at&t and verizon? they are basically slicker versions of worldcom and enron. both sell plans that are DESIGNED to seem like great deals and then trick customers into paying overages. go read the fine print from all of them and see who is the biggest crook, it isnt cellular south/cspire.

if the data being used is like at&t, then there are 3% of the customers that are using 90% of the bandwidth. get those people to stop wearing out the network and then everyone could have "unlimited data".

from what i can tell with these new plans, at least you get to choose whether or not to be billed, whereas the other guys just send you $500 data bills.

and finally, from what i have been told from a guy that works there, the creekmores get approached all the time about selling out and have they yet? take it for what its worth, it is 3rd hand hearsay but from everything i can tell, this is one company left that really truly tries to do what is right.

Anonymous said...

as far as contracts, i also was told that if you get to keep what plan you have so this only effects new customers on new plans, or if you decide to buy a new phone with them. sounds pretty simple to me. no one is doing unlimited data anymore, even sprint is capped at 5GB and they only let your roam for 300MB, which if you have sprint in MS, you will hit in 1-2 days.

Anonymous said...

4:36 - I whole heartily agree. The terms for the name change from my understanding was that cellularsouth felt their name limited the geographical marketing. Cspire = same company different name.

Anonymous said...

A T and T sucks. Cellular South rocks. I have both. End of subject.

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