Golden State Cellular customers can now use top-of-the-line smart phone features — including picture messaging and Web browsing — throughout the country.
Golden State, with stores in Angels Camp and Sonora, announced this month that it reached a reciprocal data-roaming agreement with Verizon Wireless that allows for the expanded service.
In addition, Verizon customers will now be able to access the same data features while on Golden State’s network in the Mother Lode, according to a news release from the local provider.
Verizon Wireless is the largest cellular carrier in the United States, with more than 83 million subscribers.
The roaming agreement is good news to Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority Larry Cope, who has made communications improvements one of his main goals.
“When talking with potential businesses and investors, access to technology is one of their primary requirements,” Cope said in a written statement. “In a rural and demographically diverse area such as ours, having a valued local company investing in our telecommunications infrastructure is a wonderful step into the future.” Such technology can allow people to telecommute when the weather is harsh, Cope noted.
The recent network sharing plan comes on the heels of Golden State Cellular’s expansion of 3G sites in the Mother Lode. The term 3G refers to a wireless network technology that provides specific capabilities to wireless phones, like faster download speeds and a wider range of Internet-based services.