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SouthernLINC Wireless Partners with Prepaid Wireless Wholesale to Sell Nationwide Voice and High-Speed Data Services

ATLANTA, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), has entered into an agreement with Prepaid Wireless Wholesale, LLC to sell nationwide high-speed data, voice and messaging services within the company's regional service territory.  The agreement expands the suite of services offered by the regional iDEN-based carrier.

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"With this agreement, we will be able to offer current and future customers the opportunity to experience faster data throughput and nationwide calling," stated Don Horsley, president and CEO. "We will be the only carrier in the U.S. to combine our highly reliable iDEN Push To Talk and cellular with high-speed data on GSM and UMTS networks."

The agreement with Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) Prepaid Wireless Wholesale, LLC will give SouthernLINC Wireless customers the ability to access high-speed data and voice services locally and in major cities across the U.S. with the use of a dual-SIM phone.  SouthernLINC Wireless expects to introduce a new dual-SIM phone and suite of high-speed nationwide services in late spring 2013. 

About SouthernLINC Wireless

SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is an Atlanta-based regional wireless carrier with network coverage in the major metro and rural areas of Alabama, Georgia, southeast Mississippi and northwest Florida. SouthernLINC Wireless combines multiple communication options, including Push To Talk two-way radio (PTT), cellular service, wireless Internet access, wireless data, and text and picture messaging, into one hand-held device. For more information, please call 1-800-818-LINC (5462) or visit www.southernlinc.com.

Twitter: @southernlinc

Facebook: facebook.com/SouthernLINCWireless 

About Southern Company

With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company also is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.

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