Are you with smaller US wireless carrier C Spire and looking to get your hands on Samsung’s newest Next Big Thing? Well it looks like you’ll be in luck, as the 8th largest carrier in the US is going to be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S5 right after the big 4 receive it this month. This is a great change from the past, especially with the Galaxy S4 for instance, where it took months for C Spire and other smaller carriers to finally get the device for their customers. This move comes at a time when competition has been fierce and continually increasing between not just the big 4 carriers but the smaller ones as well. Many of the smaller carriers offer a similar network structure and quality without the hassle of contracts, all while usually being cheaper too.
C Spire differs from some of the other smaller carriers in that they aren’t an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), meaning that they actually build and operate their own network. Many carriers out there like Aio, Cricket, Boost and Metro PCS, just to name a few, piggyback off one of the larger 4 carriers’ networks, meaning your data traffic in particular takes a lower priority than a customer who’s billed by the big carrier itself. This can result in less than stellar performance and occasional network issues. C Spire used to be a southern area carrier but is now a fully national one, offering voice and 3G service nationwide, as well as a 4G LTE network that’s been building out since September 2012. Right now there’s no specific release date other than May, and no specific price, although since C Spire uses a traditional subsidized phone model we expect it to be around the $200 range to buy the phone on a 2-year contract, and probably around $600-650 to buy the phone outright. You can sign up at their official page for more info when it becomes available though, so hit the source link below to check it out.