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Mobi PCS expanding calling area
Flat-rate cellular-phone provider Mobi PCS said yesterday it is expanding its local calling area to include the neighbor islands.
Effective tomorrow, Mobi customers will be able to use their phones on parts of Maui, Kauai and the Big Island at no extra charge. It launched its service on Oahu in January 2006.
"Expansion of the local calling area for our Oahu customers is a significant step in our statewide expansion," explains Bill Jarvis, president & CEO of Mobi PCS. "We plan to launch service for Neighbor Island residents in the very near future."
The company will be posting information on coverage in specific areas of each neighbor island at www.mobipcs.com.
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