Broad Rollout of iPhone to Small U.S. Carriers Coming on April 20

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier today, we noted that nTelos Wireless, a CDMA carrier based in Waynesboro, Virginia, announced that it would begin carrying the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 on April 20. Pricing for the device comes in at $50 below the standard pricing charged by Apple and the major national carriers.


    We've been updating that article with mentions of several other carriers that have also announced iPhone launches for that date, and it is quickly becoming apparent that this is a rather significant coordinated rollout to small CDMA carriers. Among the carriers launching the iPhone on April 20:

    - nTelos Wireless (Virginia)
    - Alaska Communications (Alaska)
    - Appalachian Wireless (Kentucky)
    - GCI (Alaska)
    - Cellcom (Wisconsin): Website updated with "coming soon" banner, and WSAW reports that April 20 is the launch date.
    - Matanuska Telephone Association (Alaska)

    With six small carriers having already announced today, we're also asking readers to let us know if they spot word of any others involved in this rollout.

    Mississippi-based C Spire Wireless was the first regional carrier in the United States to begin offering the iPhone last November, and today's announcements represent a significant expansion of that channel. While the carriers announcing availability today represent only a small fraction of U.S. mobile phone users, the trend of making the iPhone availability to these customers may help some of these carriers remain viable as the cellular marketplace continues to become increasingly dominated by the major carriers.

    Update: GCI has confirmed to MacRumors that it will be offering the GSM version of all iPhone models, including the iPhone 3GS, which will be free with a two-year contract. The carrier operates both GSM and CDMA networks, and it was initially unclear on which network the latest iPhone models would run. All of the other carriers announcing today operate CDMA networks.

    Article Link: Broad Rollout of iPhone to Small U.S. Carriers Coming on April 20
  2. macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2011
    Good for competition among carriers! If you live and work on a ranch/farm in a small town in the midwest, more power to you :)
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    T-Mobile quickly becoming the only carrier that doesn't offer the iPhone. Ironic.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Nov 22, 2008
    finally some competition for you guys. now, if you can finally get the prepaid SIM market going, you'll up-to-par.
  5. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Hey, they offer unlimited data which is better than some of the national carriers.
  6. macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010
    Way to go, Mom n' Pop! Stick it to the Man!
  7. macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2007
    I wish US Cellular would offer the iPhone. It's the best carrier in our area.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    Wirelessly posted

    T-Mobile has to get the iPhone 5 or they are dead in the water. I think the 1900MhZ refarming of T-Mobiles network might be a good sign as that will bring 3G compatibility on the iPhone.
  9. macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2011
    You're absolutely right. I don't know why you got thumbed down. Before I switched to AT&T to get the 4S, Virgin Mobile USA sent me a survey asking if I would buy an iPhone on its carrier and how I would like the payments to be.
  10. macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2007
    We have that option, as much as can be expected, for only two national GSM carriers.
    Only problem is the option is not widely exercised as the mouth breathers here prefer to have a subsidized device and pay double over the term in service costs.
  11. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    I see US Cellular is still holding out. Last year, their CEO Mary Dillon said it was too expensive and that she didn't want to be dragged into the margin squeeze that Sprint found itself in.

    Anyway, I think this is good news. Introducing a CDMA version has enabled them to strike these deals, not just with Sprint and Verizon, but with many regional carriers, most of whom adopted CDMA rather than GSM as their 3G technology last decade because it was easier for them to strike roaming deals with Sprint and Verizon than with Cingular/AT&T and T-Mobile.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Dec 28, 2009
    Almost too funny that T-Mobile the Nation's 4th largest carrier doesn't have the iPhone and all these Regional carriers do.
  13. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    The other issue is that our two GSM carriers operate on incompatible 3G frequencies.
  14. macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2007
    I think this proves it comes down to Tmobile's AWS licenses and incompatible frequencies for Apple producing one device. Also too their ability to commit to bulk purchases. But more so the radio frequencies.


    Agreed. Hooray for free markets?
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2008
    Any word on Alltel?
  16. Switched2aMac, Apr 4, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2012

    macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2006
    Somewhere in Wisconsin
    They had the chance.

    They turned down the chance at getting the iPhone at the launch this past October. I wish they wouldn't have passed since they are the best in my area. I went with Sprint and although they are really good I would have rather been with US Cellular.

    I see KPOM beat me to it
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2011

  18. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    Well, the way the government handled the spectrum auction wasn't exactly friendly to free markets. With the 700MHz auction they tried to get the carriers to agree to interoperability but still managed to botch things such that AT&T and Verizon have very little or no overlap at all on that spectrum.

    That said, Apple has a direct interest in getting the iPhone to as many carriers as possible. Ever since their exclusive deal with AT&T ran out, they have been expanding very quickly. The CDMA version was a great move, even though it initially required a separate device.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2012
    CDMA. Meh! Call me when this happens with GSM, please.
  20. SpinThis!, Apr 4, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2012

    macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2007
    Inside the Machine (Green Bay, WI)
    Yeh count me in on a USC phone as well. I switched from them to at&t to get the iPhone and while I haven't had many problems with the service, USC's plans are much better and everyone who I know who is still on USC would get an iPhone if they could. I would switch back the day to USC the day an iPhone became available. Anyone who feels the same way should give them feedback on their site.

    The latest rumblings are USC is waiting for an LTE iPhone before they pull the trigger on it. I'm not sure how true that is—Dillon's statement sure seems contradictory—but companies contradict themselves all the time before it makes business sense.

    Even Cellcom getting the iPhone before USC? That's just crazy talk. They're known as having good service but old crap phones. That just makes USC's decision even stupider.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Nov 22, 2008
    I don't consider anything with a $45/mo minimum, a real prepaid SIM option as it has a minimum monthly charge.
  22. macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    Can you say Bye Bye to T-Mobile, they are bleeding both Ca$h and Customers, also according to reports I read the major reason is Apple does not want to change their phone to work on T-Mobile since they are one of the only carriers on that frequency..

    Will be interesting
  23. macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2009
    really whats the point

    the iphone is so ubiquitous now

    its not even a status symbol

    boring... :mad:
  24. macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2004
    Montgomery, Ala., USA
    Does anyone else hear the acronym "GSM" and think of "Gimme Some Money" from Spinal Tap?
  25. macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2009
    This is NOT just CDMA carriers

    At least GCI (maybe others) are launching the iPhone on GSM. You should correct your story.

    While GCI does have a CDMA network ALSO, they are only launching the iPhone on their GSM network.

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