AUGUSTA, Ga.---25 million Americans depend on T-Mobile for their cell phone service. Now Augusta is going to be a big part of that company, with hundreds of new jobs heading to town.
Today T-Mobile announced they're opening a call center in Augusta, employing a least 750 people.
It's a deal that took more than a year to land.
Augusta was in the running with several other cities for this call center. But T-Mobile says it was Augusta's service mentality that won out in the end.
It's good news the mayor, the governor, and many movers and shakers in Augusta were happy to help deliver.
"I feel like I'm in the hospital on the delivery of a new baby for the community," Gov. Sonny Perdue said.
"Other communities wait for decades to get one of these, and we've had two in five months," Mayor Deke Copenhaver said, referring to ADP's similar announcement in October.
And T-Mobile plans on moving fast, having their call center built on Wheeler Road within a year's time.
T-Mobile vice president John Birrer says it's not just a call center. Employees will have access to a full workout room, a wireless internet café, and a game room.
"We really focus on the customer service having a good place to work every single day," Birrer said.
T-Mobile has over 25 million customers, and they say that number is growing fast. Officials with the company say the Garden City is the right place to help with that growth.
"We got to find a community that has the same customer service experience and mentality, and Augusta's a perfect fit for us," Birrer said.
A lot of you want to know the salary for these jobs. Mr. Birrer wasn't able to tell us that. He says there are a lot of factors involved.
He did, however, say these jobs will come with full benefits: health, dental, and 401K.