Very few details are available. Because of competitive reasons, Cox said it is unable to reveal pricing, launch date or types of phones that will be offered. While some local customers are getting the chance to play with mobile service as part of a test group, the full service will launch in 2010 to residents. Cox plans to offer the service to business users in the future.
“Right now, if Cox customers in Orange County are interested in Cox Wireless service they shouldn’t renew their wireless contract because it won’t be long before Cox introduces a better wireless experience in Orange County,” said Lana Ong, a spokesperson with Cox in Orange County.
Previously, the company said it plans to use Sprint’s mobile network to launch the first products. The company is also working on its own 3G wireless and 4G wireless networks. For the next generation of mobile service, or 4G, Cox has joined the Long Term Evolution crowd, which is also the technology of choice for AT&T and Verizon Wireless. See last year’s story on this, at “Cox Cable adding… mobile phone service?“
In a statement, Cox’s local senior vice president and general manager Duffy Leone said, “We’ve had great opportunity to re-think what has been commonly accepted in the wireless marketplace today. We know that there is a better way to experience wireless and enrich your lives along the way. We’re excited to let consumers know that they will soon have a better choice for wireless service.”
How much better? It’s not hard to find out what consumers really want from their cell phone service. Consumer Reports just published a piece on the topic, ranking AT&T at the lowest. The report mentions that price is important, but so is reception. Read the earlier story, “AT&T service ranks lowest; iPhone users don’t mind.”
Cox is also targeting Hampton Roads, Va., and Omaha, Neb., for its mobile service.
As part of its announcement that Orange County was one of three areas to get the service, the local branch of Cox is donating a $25,000 computer technology center to the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.
Orange County’s other cable TV provider, Time Warner Cable, is also jumping into the mobile business. It began offering mobile data service in North Carolina on Dec. 1. Prices start at $34.95 with download speeds of up to 6 mbps.
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Leone encourages consumers in Orange County too tell him what they’d like to change about their current wireless provider by visiting http://budurl.com/FBWirelessBoard.