This is some great news for all of us living in Southern US! Cellular South is planning on releasing an Android Phone later this year. Nothing is known about Cellular South’s Android Device other than that they are in fact planning on releasing one. I did think it was interesting how smaller Carriers are looking for other ways to get more involved with smartphones and challenge AT&T’s success with the iPhone. Cellular South thinks that:

Android-powered devices are one of the fastest growing sectors in the wireless industry with worldwide sales expected to soon eclipse the most popular smartphones on the market today, including the Apple iPhone(TM), according to a March 2009 report by Informa Telecoms and Media, a London-based research house specializing in the mobile, broadband and television industries. In 2009 alone, the Android mobile operating system is expected to see a growth rate of 900 percent, according to a May 2009 report on the worldwide smartphone market by Strategy Analytics, a Newton, Maine-based global research and consulting firm.

While agree that Android will cut into some of the iPhones thunder, I don’t see the Android Devices “eclipsing the most popular smartphones on the market today”. Time will tell, but in the mean time, we will keep you posted about the upcoming release of Cellular South’s Android Device.

 

Cellular South to Offer Android Smartphone This Year

Android(TM) Devices Expected To Soon Eclipse Apple iPhone In Worldwide Sales Cellular South to be one of the first wireless carriers in US to offer a device based on the Android platform

RIDGELAND, Miss., July 21 /PRNewswire/ — Cellular South, a leader in wireless solutions and innovation and the nation’s largest privately owned wireless communications provider, today announced plans to bring a smartphone to market later this year based on the Android open source mobile platform.

With introduction of the advanced device, Cellular South will be among the first wireless carriers in the nation to offer a smartphone featuring the latest Android open source platform developed by the Open Handset Alliance(TM), according to Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for Cellular South. The Open Handset Alliance is a partnership of more than 40 global mobile industry leaders.

"We’re excited to provide our customers with the diversity of new and exciting applications fueled by the open nature of the Android open source platform," Hankins said. "Our customers will be able to easily access thousands of meaningful applications that will add tremendous value to their mobile experience and lifestyle."

Android-powered devices are one of the fastest growing sectors in the wireless industry with worldwide sales expected to soon eclipse the most popular smartphones on the market today, including the Apple iPhone(TM), according to a March 2009 report by Informa Telecoms and Media, a London-based research house specializing in the mobile, broadband and television industries. In 2009 alone, the Android mobile operating system is expected to see a growth rate of 900 percent, according to a May 2009 report on the worldwide smartphone market by Strategy Analytics, a Newton, Maine-based global research and consulting firm.

With its free licensing model, an open source mobile platform structure and an advanced web browser, Android is poised to emerge as a must-have device for consumers, according to Neil Mawston, director at Strategy Analytics. "Android has fast been winning healthy support among operators, vendors and developers," he said. "Android is now in good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years."

"The wireless industry continues to grow and change. Smartphones are the next battleground and Android intends to play a part in that growth," said Jeff Kagan, an Atlanta-based wireless communications industry analyst. "With more carriers like Cellular South choosing to launch new smartphones with the open source Android operating platform, this could signal a major leap forward for Android in its efforts to become an important force in the wireless industry."

Cellular South already offers its consumer and business customers several choices of smartphones and touchscreen devices, but Hankins said Android offers the opportunity to add a flexible smartphone to its portfolio that offers a unique, customer-driven experience on a revolutionary mobile device.

The Android device also will come with full support from Cellular South’s industry-leading online and in-store Discover Center, which helps customers get the most out of their devices and services. "At Cellular South, we do things a little differently," Hankins said. "We take a very proactive approach in helping our customers maximize their wireless experience by becoming proficient users of our advanced services."

Cellular South expects to release more details on the new Android smartphone device soon, including the introduction date, pricing, manufacturer, model and other product features.

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