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Four More Small U.S. Carriers Launching iPhone on May 18 with $50 Discounts

Last month saw six small U.S. carriers begin offering the iPhone for the first time, and it appears that another round of expansion to similar carriers is coming on May 18. Four new iPhone carriers, all operating CDMA networks, have rolled out their announcements so far today:

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

As with other regional carriers, the new entrants will be offering the iPhone at $50 below the standard pricing available through Apple and the major carriers. Under the discounted pricing, the iPhone 4S will be priced at $149/$249/$349 and the iPhone 4 will be available for $49.

Given the small nature of the carriers announcing their iPhone launches, publicity is somewhat unorganized and we're asking readers to let us know if they spot word of any others involved in this round of launches.

Related roundup: iPhone 6

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32 months ago

Now that Steve Jobs is gone it seems like Apple is willing to send the iPhone to any and every carrier. What a shame, should have stuck with the best.


unlike original release, iPhone is not that unique or percentage of smartphone users.

What is the issue bringing the technology to all?

I would like to see more Unlocked iPhones with much better price point may be $450 to $500???
Rating: 10 Votes
32 months ago
I hope this trend continues.
Rating: 6 Votes
32 months ago

Now that Steve Jobs is gone it seems like Apple is willing to send the iPhone to any and every carrier. What a shame, should have stuck with the best.


More money for Apple. Is there something wrong with that? Plus it's an easy way to close the gap with Android phones right???
Rating: 6 Votes
32 months ago

Now that Steve Jobs is gone it seems like Apple is willing to send the iPhone to any and every carrier. What a shame, should have stuck with the best.

What a shame that Apple is getting their products out to more people? Didn't Steve talk about what a good market there would be in mobile phones (I remember him comparing it to the game console market, this is before the app store and all those iOS games, when the iPhone was mostly a phone) when he introduced the original iPhone?

Elitist attitudes like that are what give Apple users a bad name. Apple should not be trying to limit who buys their products, they should work on making the best products.

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- Bluegrass Cellular (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bluegrass-cellular-to-offer-iphone-4s-on-may-18-150592585.html) (Kentucky)
- Golden State Cellular (http://thepinetree.net/index.php?module=announce&ANN_user_op=view&ANN_id=30233) (California)
- Nex-Tech Wireless (https://www.facebook.com/notes/nex-tech-wireless/nex-tech-wireless-to-offer-iphone-4s-on-may-18/10150785758458015) (Kansas)


So do iPhones on these small carriers say "Bluegrass," "Golden State," etc instead of "Verizon"/"AT&T"/"Sprint" or do they have a more generic carrier signal listing like some of the iPhone promo shots (that will say "3G" with no company listed as carrier)
Rating: 5 Votes
32 months ago

he has handling it better man.

Hope to see more good steps from him ...


What does Tim Cook have to do with this story?

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Now that Steve Jobs is gone it seems like Apple is willing to send the iPhone to any and every carrier. What a shame, should have stuck with the best.


Lack of competition hurts only one group, us, the consumer.

Your absurdly closed-minded attitude is disturbing.
Rating: 4 Votes
32 months ago

I'm suprised US Cellular hasn't added it yet.


They declined the chance due to apple's terms
Rating: 3 Votes
32 months ago
Tmobile prolly jelly as hell! Lol
Rating: 3 Votes
32 months ago


Lack of competition hurts only one group, us, the consumer.

Your absurdly closed-minded attitude is disturbing.


His is point is that he thinks he is special because he has an iPhone. The problem is that he hasn't realized that the iPhone is just as cliché as the RAZR.
We are all special!
Rating: 2 Votes
32 months ago



Yeah, I really don't understand them either.


They're a relic (pretty sure that's the word I want here) of the time when the FCC doled out spectrum instead of selling it. The FCC also wanted competition, so they doled out a lot of spectrum to what the industry calls "Mom and Pop" cellular companies. They got the A-band spectrum, while the wireline guys got B-band spectrum.

People also tend to forget that there weren't any national operators. No Verizon, no AT&T... It was the baby bells (Ameritech, etc) and these smaller companies.

As you know, over time there was a massive amount of consolidation and compaction to get where we are today, with a few "national" operators and a few regional players.

(Aside: I put quotes around "national" as all of the major "nationwide" operators are not national at all. Many of the mom and pop shops simply lease the rights to the spectrum to a larger player and you never hear about them AT ALL. There are many Verizon regions where you would think that it's Verizon - but it isn't, it's Verizon equipment using someone else's spectrum.)

Not to mention the fact that they're just leasing the signal from the big guys even when you are home.


This is not true at all. Many of the mom and pops have business models where they have a small number of cell sites, and they collect roaming revenues from the nationwide operators.

I know of one such operator who has a grand total of 5 cell sites in a totally rural area between two large south central cities. While you as the consumer wouldn't know it, once you have a call up on one of those 5 cells, they bill your provider for that call. It can be lucrative in many cases.
Rating: 2 Votes
32 months ago

he is getting every one board, there may not be a lot of buck from these small customer, but he is making sure every one is covered.

same with Samsung lawsuit also, he is making progress if not complete success.

I like that iPad 2 16Gb dropped to $399

iPad 3 launch was very successful and smooth, with out any hiccups


Attributing the entirety of Apple to Tim Cook is just as absurd as attributing the entirety of Apple to Steve Jobs. There are thousands of employees working to make everything you see, not one man.

Apple will let any cell carrier sell the iPhone as long as they have the cash, it really doesn't matter.

Case in point: Apple advertising their devices as 4G on carriers that don't have a single 4G tower.

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Everything.

If he didn't approve this would not happen.

It's as simple as that.

Tim Cook is the new face of Apple, the man who's doing an exemplary job of seeing that Apple continues it's amazing success.


"Excuse me Mr. CEO, a company would like to sell our devices, they have enough money to buy the number of devices they wish to purchase."

'...hm. No. I don't think our company should be making money, let's stick with the most hated cell carrier in America.'

"But they want to give us money"

'Nope, their service and reputation is too good'

"But we have no contractual oblig..."

'I SAID GOOD DAY!'


What you're suggesting is Apple wouldn't allow a Mom & Pop shop to re-sell iMacs... and it is utter insanity. I cannot comprehend how your brain works, because there is no logic to it.

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Some people seem to be saying that this is Cook's idea. No, remember the iPod? That started Mac only. Then it went to iTunes. Then iTunes came out for Windows and the iTunes Store went worldwide.

Meanwhile, Apple was putting the iPod into every segment of the market, and at every available price, from the shuffle to the mini and Nano to the "Classic."

Cook is doing an effective job of executing the Jobs strategy.


Cannot even fathom how poorly the iPod and iPhone would have sold if you couldn't hook them up to Windows machines... nevermind how much less popular digital distribution of music and movies would be.
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