US Regional Carriers

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dontwalkhand, May 9, 2012.

  1. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Does anyone have the iPhone 3GS, 4, or 4S with one of the new regional carriers that are offering it now in the US? I have seen videos of the C-Spire one on YouTube but none of the ones from the GSM based regionals like GCI in Alaska.

    How does it compare to the ones for AT&T, VZW or Sprint? Can you still walk into an Apple store for support? I've noticed that Apple does not sell these in the Apple store, so it looks like its carrier store only for these devices.
  2. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I would imagine that Apple will still provide support for the device at the Apple store.
  3. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    This isn't how it works.

    Apple has sold these devices:

    iPhone 3G
    iPhone 3GS
    iPhone 4
    iPhone 4 (CDMA) - sold by Verizon and Sprint in particular
    iPhone 4S

    Aside from the size and colour variations, these are the only variants of the iPhone.

    Things like which carrier an iPhone is locked to are controlled by software (and stored on the device during "activation").

    From a support perspective, this is excellent. A customer can bring an iPhone from Germany to the Apple Store in New York and get a replacement device. That replacement device is then locked to the same carrier as their original device was (perhaps unlocked).

    The "re-manufactured" replacement that they receive might have originally been locked to AT&T.

    This flexibility means that Apple doesn't need to stock replacements for each carrier separately. As such, even with a smaller carrier, you'll be able to get a replacement easily from the Apple Store (or over the phone/internet).

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