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Three more regionals to offer discounted iPhone 4S

11 May 2012 1,231 views 2 Comments

Apple pushes the iPhone into more of the underserved corners of America. Carriers chip in with $50 discounts

If you live in a big metro, choice is everywhere — Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and a whole host of smaller/regional + MVNO carriers. Not so much out in the provinces, but Apple’s working hard to drive iPhone availability in places many of us have never heard of.

As a person who’s from a backwoods town and lives in a provincial city, neither of which you have never heard, I’m glad Apple’s putting out the iPhone welcome mat in more places.

That said, in addition to the six regionals already added since last Fall, another three carriers will begin offering the iPhone 4S from next Friday, May 18:

• Bluegrass Cellular (Kentucky)
• Golden State Cellular (California)
Nex-Tech Wireless (Kansas)

Good news to be sure and, like the other recently added small telcos, these three carriers will sell the iPhone 4S at a $50 across the board discounts — 8GB, $149; 32GB, $249; and 64GB, $349.

The one slight downside to this story is that all three of the May 18 and, for that matter, five of six of the previously added regional carriers operate CDMA networks. Whereas Verizon and its CDMA brethren are generally known for reliability, coverage and consistent performance, GSM networks are generally faster and compatible with overseas networks.

Does your neighborhood wireless telco offer the iPhone?

via MacRumors

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