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nTelos Wireless to Launch iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 with $50 Discounts on April 20 [Updated: Other Carriers]

Regional U.S. carrier nTelos Wireless today announced that it will begin offering the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 beginning on April 20. The carrier will be offering the devices at a $50 discount relative to pricing through Apple and the major carriers, with iPhone 4S priced at $149.99/$249.99/$349.99 and the iPhone 4 priced at $49.99.
"As a wireless service provider well-known for delivering the best value in wireless, we're pleased to offer the amazing new iPhone 4S to our customers," said Jim Hyde, president and CEO for nTelos Wireless. "iPhone 4S offers an abundance of new features, and with our industry-leading, nationwide smartphone plans, customers can now enjoy the nation’s best networks for less."
nTelos is a regional carrier based in Waynesboro, Virginia with over 400,000 customers. The carrier offers CDMA service in Virginia and West Virginia, as well as portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky, with nationwide service provided through partnerships with Sprint and Verizon.


nTelos offers two individual plans for iPhone customers: a $79.99 plan offering 600 minutes with unlimited messaging and data, and a $99.99 plan with unlimited voice, messaging, and data. The unlimited data on both plans does include a soft cap at 5 GB, after which the carrier will throttle data speeds.

C Spire was the first regional U.S. carrier to offer the iPhone last November, moving to offer $50 discounts relative to standard pricing as of last month.

Update: Alaska Communications has also announced that it will begin offering the iPhone on April 20. The carrier operates a CDMA network with approximately 120,000 customers.

Alaska will offer the iPhone at the same price points as other regional carriers, coming in at $50 off the standard pricing through Apple and the major carriers.

Update 2: Appalachian Wireless, a small CDMA carrier based in eastern Kentucky, has also announced that it will begin offering the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 on April 20 at the same price points.

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36 months ago
Why call it unlimited data if it has a cap at 5GB? Why not just sell it as a 5GB plan? There 5GB "unlimited" is less then Swedens standard limited which is like 8GB for 20$ a month.
Rating: 5 Votes
36 months ago

not really.

you can buy an 4S outright for 629€ and run it for 10€/mo for 24 mo. Actually the 16.99€/mo above it quite good.

or I can buy a S2 for 400€ and use the 16.99€/mo plan.

or I can buy a 50€ dumbphone outright and use the 10€/mo plan.

I don't see why people get excited about a 2.5% savings (front page news at MR?)

2.5% = 50/2000.


Okay, so we should all move to the UK to save a thousand bucks or so on our cell phone plans? This post is about a US carrier, the comparisoin is going to be other US carriers. For the most part the rates are constant. The only time you get any savings is if you're grandfathered into an old plan, or if you're willing to give up a lot of coverage (e.g T-mobile)
Rating: 3 Votes
36 months ago
Never going to pay more than 50 $ ever again for a plan , Straight Talk works perfect for me.
Rating: 2 Votes
36 months ago

From what I understand, Verizon does this as well. I wonder if that is a term of their partnership.

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How much should an iPhone plan cost?


Here in Italy, you can get an iPhone 4S for "free" (zero upfront) on an about $45 monthly contract, with 400 minutes, 100 texts and 2GB. 30 months contract, but oh well.
Rating: 2 Votes
36 months ago

Okay, so we should all move to the UK to save a thousand bucks or so on our cell phone plans? This post is about a US carrier, the comparisoin is going to be other US carriers. For the most part the rates are constant. The only time you get any savings is if you're grandfathered into an old plan, or if you're willing to give up a lot of coverage (e.g T-mobile)


Just ran through a UK contract list. It looks like they cover the entirety of Europe, but to get the same data and text limits I have with VZW, it winds up costing about the same but the exchange rate makes it more expensive to have the plan in the UK.
Rating: 2 Votes
36 months ago

Pre-iPhone, the plans/rates were much better in the US than elsewhere. However, that has really changed. In addition, I don't understand why you guys accept it.

:(


What would you suggest we do? The choices are to get an expensive plan with decent coverage/speed, get a slightly cheaper plan with worse coverage/speed, or a cheap plan with really bad speed and/or coverage. Those really aren't great options.
Rating: 2 Votes
36 months ago

I could be wrong– but I don't think they are quite comparing oranges to oranges. The other plans, which are more expensive, allow nationwide calling. A regional operator does not. However, it's becoming increasingly clear that people don't talk on their phones. They use data by messaging and performing lots of other app based tasks. I, for one, barely use the "phone" on my phone– so a regional carrier where you could save $20 a month ($240 a year) might actually make sense.


NTelos also offers nationwide calling, I know because I used to be a customer and my son is still with them until his contract expires this month. I don't know where they are getting those numbers to compare, though. I pay about $27 per additional line for smart-phones @ At&T and for three lines I pay about $160.
Rating: 1 Votes
36 months ago
I'm just waiting for Credo Mobile to get the iPhone now! Come on, Credo! Daddy doesn't want a Google phone!
Rating: 1 Votes
36 months ago

That is not the same service quality. You need to find out which company provides a good deal on data or voice. When you land at an airport at 11pm, all the cell phone stores are going to be closed and you are left with no choice but roaming if you need to use your phone. If the next day is a Sunday in Europe, many shops will not open for another day. If somebody needs to reach you while you are traveling, they need to know your new temporary number and pay for long distance rates. If you need to call home, long distance calling is likely to cost extra. I am not sure about Europe, but there are some countries requiring proof of residency before they sell SIM cards. Sometimes activating a line on a phone purchased abroad requires a waiting period of some hours to some days.

Compared to that, when I arrive in New York or Hawaii, I don't have to research rates or lose time finding a shop to buy a SIM card or notify my friends, family or boss of my new number or worry about long distance rates. It just works. There are quite a few regional and virtual carriers in the US offering much lower rates if you are willing to put up with much smaller "home" areas, long distance calling fees and roaming rates. Most people don't.


Or you can walk into a kiosk, buy a 5€ credit for the local network (for example, 3 which is in UK/Sweden/Denmark/Austria/Italy/etc..), scratch a lottery-like bar, and send an SMS to the number on the card with the 5€ credit code and in 30sec have 5€ credit in the new country with the local network.

Yup, really hard and totally inconvenient.

You really have no idea. At all.
Rating: 1 Votes
36 months ago

It's easy to get a local carrier sim card in other european countries so the call cost come back to normal.

That is not the same service quality. You need to find out which company provides a good deal on data or voice. When you land at an airport at 11pm, all the cell phone stores are going to be closed and you are left with no choice but roaming if you need to use your phone. If the next day is a Sunday in Europe, many shops will not open for another day. If somebody needs to reach you while you are traveling, they need to know your new temporary number and pay for long distance rates. If you need to call home, long distance calling is likely to cost extra. I am not sure about Europe, but there are some countries requiring proof of residency before they sell SIM cards. Sometimes activating a line on a phone purchased abroad requires a waiting period of some hours to some days.

Compared to that, when I arrive in New York or Hawaii, I don't have to research rates or lose time finding a shop to buy a SIM card or notify my friends, family or boss of my new number or worry about long distance rates. It just works. There are quite a few regional and virtual carriers in the US offering much lower rates if you are willing to put up with much smaller "home" areas, long distance calling fees and roaming rates. Most people don't.
Rating: 1 Votes

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