Cox kills Sprint-based cellphone service

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NEW YORK (AP) ? Cox Communications, the country’s third-largest cable company, says it will no longer offer cellphone service because it’s too small to compete with the big phone companies.

Cox, based in Atlanta, said it stopped selling the service Wednesday, a few days short of a year after it started. Cox Wireless was available to less than half of Cox’s roughly 4.8 million cable-TV subscribers. Service areas included parts of northern Virginia, southern California, Oklahoma and Rhode Island.

Privately held Cox said that subscribers will have service through March, and will get a $150 credit for each line that’s disconnected.

Cox used Sprint Nextel Corp.’s wireless network for the service. Earlier this year, it killed plans to build its own wireless network.