July 21, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Cellular South announced today that it plans to offer an Android phone in 2009. Though it’s not listed as a member of the Open Handset Alliance at the OHA website, the Mississippi-based carrier says it plans to release an Android phone that will come with in-store services to help “customers maximize their wireless experience by becoming proficient users of our advanced series.”
The announcement was devoid of any details other than to signal Cellular South’s committment to releasing an Android phone before the close of the year. Though the company is the largest privately-owned communications provider, it would be one of the first regional providers to offer an Android phone in the US. Cellular South serves areas in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee, giving Gulf Coast region consumers another option if they hope to purchase an Android phone.
Cellular South is also hosting an App Contest to solicit great app ideas in 100 words or less from consumers. From now until August 1, 2009, qualified entrants can submit their idea for an app that Cellular South might build. The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 cash, their choice of a current CS phone valued up to $400 and free service for a year on plans valued up to $100 a month.
Visit the Cell South Android App Contest page for contest rules and app submissions.