As offices continue to pop up throughout central Pennsylvania, Immix Wireless is becoming known for its small-town values and its wide variety of offerings for both cell phones and plans.
"We're working really hard to spread the word that we're here, we're a viable choice," said Angela Streight, regional sales director.
The company has been serving 10 counties across central Pennsylvania for nine years, but many people living in this area still don't know about the advantages Immix offers over its larger competitors.
Immix Wireless was officially formed in 2003, in a re-branding effort by Keystone Wireless, and now has six company-owned stores throughout the region.
"We own the licenses in 10 counties in central PA, and those are at Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan, Union, Montour, Snyder, Schuylkill and Burk," Streight said.
As an independent phone company, Immix can offer more personalized service than customers will find elsewhere.
"All of our customers know our people, which is a huge advantage," Streight said. "We have people who live in this area who have worked in our phone company for years and years and years. If your phone doesn't work at your house, we'll send somebody out to your house to see what the problem is. You won't see that at other phone companies... We give our customers the face-to-face time they need."
Immix also stays up on all the trends in the phone market.
"We have all of the Android lineup... which is super popular right now. We have the Samsung Galaxy X, which is one of the hottest phones on the market," Streight said, adding that the company also carries the more modest flip phones and plain "candybar" phones. "We've got it all."
Immix also has some exciting developments to look forward to in the upcoming year.
"Immix was recently granted federal stimulus money from the government to bring high-speed Internet to the 10 counties in central Pennsylvania," Streight said.
The $36 million grant, awarded in August, will allow Immix to upgrade its network and deliver broadband Internet service to over 300,000 homes in the region.
Streight said the work is expected to take place through 2011-12.
"We also are opening a new store in Williamsport that will be an Internet cafe and cell phone store," Streight said. "That will be our seventh company-owned store."
Streight hopes customers will take the time to compare Immix's offerings and prices to their own.
"I definitely think we would save people money over the competition. We give you far more for less," she said. "You get way more, much better service, and once people do make the switch, they end up being very happy, loyal customers, because they're not treated as a number."