Friday, September 14, 2012

Regional carriers line up to get the iPhone 5 on Sept. 28

T-Mobile must continue to ask "why us?" While the other three Big Four carriers, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon announced availability of the iPhone 5 on their networks, starting Sept. 21, T-Mobile continues to languish sans iPhone. Worse, on Thursday, Cricket Communications and C-Spire announced they would have the iPhone 5, on Sept. 28.

Both Cricket and C-Spire had access to the iPhone 4S, with Cricket receiving it earlier this year, and C-Spire last year. Cricket was, in fact, the first prepaid carrier with access to the iPhone. C-Spire is a relatively small regional carrier.

The iPhone is currently available on 16 different U.S. carriers. We expect that most, if not all, will receive access on Sept. 28. Among the others who have confirmed access to the device on Sept. 28 are Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, and GCI.

The iPhone 5 was introduced on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Nearly all, if not all, of the leaked features and images from past rumors proved true. The device will sport an Apple A6 processor, LTE, an elongated 4-inch 1,344 x 640 display with a new 16:9 aspect ratio, a slightly larger battery, a new dock connector Apple calls "Lightning," and still more.

Aside from those changes, though, from a high-level perspective, the device's design has not changed much at all. Despite that, we expect it to be hugely popular and sell millions in the first weekend.


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