US Cellular: iPhone Coming This Year
With 5.8 million customers in 126 markets in 26 states, US Cellular is reckoned to be the sixth largest carrier. However, like Sprint and T-Mobile before, it has suffered because there is no US Cellular iPhone, but that’s going to change — carriers cannot live by Android alone.
News.com is reporting that US Cellular will “begin offering Apple products later this year.” Given that it already has Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and the HTC One, that seems a reasonable step forward for the carrier would also want to offer the iPhone.
However, back in 2010, US Cellular balked at Apple’s terms for the iPhone 4, saying they “were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint.”
Last November, US Cellular exited the Chicago and St Louis markets, selling it operations there to Sprint Nextel.
That said, though T-Mobile’s acquisition of MetroPCS has been approved by regulators, it isn’t known when MetroPCS subs will be able to buy iPhones, making it one of the last top 10 US carrier without Apple’s market making smartphone.