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Five regionals spicing up US iPhone market

5 April 2012 1,346 views One Comment

Come April 20 there will be five more regional carriers offering the iPhone. Mid-South Baby Bell CSpire was the first back in October, but it will be joined by nTelos, Cellcom, Appalachian Wireless, GCI and Alaska Communications later this month with all five newcomers slated to sell the Apple smartphone with an across the board $50 discount.

I started writing this story three times already — first, when the nTelos announcement hit the wire, only to stumble again and again as other carriers added their voices.

That said, AppleInsider is reporting five regional US carriers will begin offering the iPhone on April. Best of all, they’re not just reproducing AT&T, Verizon and Sprint’s offerings — all five will sell the iPhone for $50 off across the board (8GB, $150; 16GB, $250; 32GB, $350).

“We are delighted to offer Alaskans the best iPhone yet on Alaska’s smartest network,” said Anand Vadapalli, Alaska Communications president and CEO. “As the Smartphone experts, Alaska Communications has a range of plans to meet the needs of all Alaskans, at home and at work.”

Additionally, one carrier, GCI, is a GSM operator, so its customers will be able to pick up an iPhone 3GS for zero dollars — cool.

However, those cheaper upfront prices are made up for on the contract side with, shall we say, less aggressive data plan pricing — click the carrier links below for more details.

Carrier links: Alaska Communications, nTelos (VA, WVA, OH), GCI (AK), CellCom (MI, WI), Appalachian Wireless (KY)

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