Wednesday, April 04, 2012

T-Mobile still on the outside looking in, but several regional carriers to get the iPhone

T-Mobile must be fuming, as the nation's No. 4 wireless carrier continues to be iPhone-less, but a number of small regional carriers announced on Wednesday that they would begin carrying the iPhone, all on April 20.

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It has to be grating on T-Mobile. Last November, Mississippi-based C Spire Wireless was the first regional carrier in the United States to begin offering the iPhone. Now there are several more, all but one CDMA.

The list is as follows:
  • nTelos Wireless (Virginia)
  • Alaska Communications (Alaska)
  • Appalachian Wireless (Kentucky)
  • GCI (Alaska)
  • Cellcom (Wisconsin)
  • Matanuska Telephone Association (Alaska)
nTelos Wireless, in fact, will offer the iPhone 4S for $50 less than on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T, or $149.99 for the 16GB model, $249.99 for the 32GB model and $349.99 for the 64GB model.

Of course, CDMA is far slower than the HSPA+ supported on the iPhone 4S. GCI, which supports both GSM and CDMA, will be offering the GSM version of all iPhone models, including the iPhone 3GS, which will be free with a two-year contract, as it is on other carriers.

Although T-Mobile has no "official" iPhone, there are customers that are using jailbroken or otherwise unlocked iPhones on its network, despite the fact they must run on 2.5G or EDGE.

The company has said that it has expressed its interest in the iPhone to Apple, but that ultimately the decision is up to Apple.

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