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Cricket and C Spire to Offer iPhone 5 Beginning September 28 [Updated]

While the three major U.S. iPhone carriers AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint will be launching the iPhone 5 on Friday, September 21, it will not take long for availability to extend to other carriers. Cricket Communications and C Spire Wireless have both announced that they will begin offering the iPhone 5 one week later on Friday, September 28.


Both of the carriers were pioneers in the U.S. iPhone market, with C Spire being the first regional carrier to begin offering the iPhone last November while Cricket was the first U.S. prepaid carrier to launch the iPhone this past June. The iPhone is now available on 16 different U.S. carriers, but it is unclear when the iPhone 5 will come to the remaining carriers.


Neither Cricket nor C Spire has offered any launch details beyond the September 28 availability date.

Update 8:06 AM: Several of the other regional carriers have also confirmed that they will launch the iPhone 5 on September 28:

- Appalachian Wireless
- Bluegrass Cellular
- Cellcom
- GCI
- Golden State Cellular
- Nex-Tech Wireless
- nTelos
- Pioneer Wireless

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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21 months ago
Using an iPhone 5 on Cricket would be like driving a Lamborghini on a bumpy dirt road.
Rating: 5 Positives
21 months ago

Using an iPhone 5 on Cricket would be like driving a Lamborghini on a bumpy dirt road.


Nope, thats a myth, alot of people think that but its NOT true, have you ever had a "pay by the month" phone service?
Rating: 4 Positives
21 months ago
It's all but confirmed: Apple utterly hates T-Mobile for some reason.
Rating: 4 Positives
21 months ago
didn't expect this
Rating: 4 Positives
21 months ago

Using an iPhone 5 on Cricket would be like driving a Lamborghini on a bumpy dirt road.


Yes, but even a cheap brand of car would still get a driver to the exact same destinations... and probably leave some extra money in their pockets to spend on fun when they arrive.
Rating: 3 Positives
21 months ago

Using an iPhone 5 on Cricket would be like driving a Lamborghini on a bumpy dirt road.


Sound like fun, who does not want to run thru dirt road in a 200 k plus car. :D
Rating: 3 Positives
21 months ago
i wish MetroPCS (my carrier) would carry it...that would be awesome
Rating: 2 Positives
21 months ago

Cool, so all my friends on well fare and food stamps can get in on the iPhone craze.


WTF? that made no sense at all

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Really... because I could have sworn that Cricket only has LTE in 1 or 2 markets. I think only in Tucson... I heard. Either way... it is NOT as much as AT&T or Verizon. LTE is the new standard for speed. EV-DO is very much "a dirt road now."


come'on now..."i heard" doesnt count, dont always believe what you hear...
Rating: 2 Positives
21 months ago

FYI: Sprint is feeling the pain of that bet (already).


Really? Source? I'm with Sprint and I know that they are seeing an increase in both new customers and upgrading customers, and they are on target to fulfill their commitment (in fact, they might fulfill it much sooner than anticipated).
Rating: 2 Positives
21 months ago

The iPhone 5 is not a world phone like the 4S is. There will not be a GSM side on the CDMA iPhone 5.


That is absolutely false. See here:

http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html

Quoted from the page:

CDMA model A1429*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)
Rating: 2 Positives

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