Cox to unveil plans for RI cell phone service shortlyMarch 16th, 2011 at 1:38 pm by Ted Nesi under General Talk
Cox Communications will unveil its plans for offering cell phone service in Rhode Island and its other New England markets later this month, a spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.
“There will be an announcement from corporate that will have details on the next market [for cell phone service] and I think you can probably expect to see some activity in the market around the launch of our service in the month of April,” spokeswoman Amy Quinn told WPRI.com.
Quinn declined to say when Cox would actually begin selling cell phones and mobile service to customers here.
Cox first revealed plans to become a wireless provider in October 2008, but the closely held company has released relatively few details since then – although it has been putting up cell phone towers all over the state. The company has also opened retail stores in Smithfield and Warwick that will likely play a key part in its mobile rollout.
Entering the cell phone market would open a new front in the bruising local war between Cox and its rival Verizon Communications, which has been stealing residential subscribers from Cox with its FiOS service. An independent company, Full Channel, also offers cable, phone and Internet service in the East Bay.
Wireless service is a much more crowded market, though. Other providers including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and MetroPCS also will compete with Verizon and Cox for Rhode Islanders’ mobile dollars.