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U.S. Regional Carriers Announcing October 1 Launch Date for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c [Update: Canada Too]

While Apple has yet to announce a schedule or country list for its second major round of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launches, the company does appear to be coordinating a minor expansion of availability for Tuesday, October 1, with a number of smaller regional U.S. carriers announcing plans to launch the devices on that date.

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Carriers involved in the October 1 launch include:

- Appalachian Wireless
- Bluegrass Cellular
- C Spire
- Cellcom
- GCI
- MTA
- Nex-Tech Wireless
- Ntelos
- Strata

Several other regional carriers have announced that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are "coming soon" and some of those carriers may also be participating in the October 1 rollout, but they have not announced their exact launch dates yet.

Apple has gradually expanded availability of the iPhone on regional carriers throughout the United States in recent years, with over 25 U.S. carriers now offering the device.

Update: Canadian regional carriers also appear to be participating in the October 1 launch, with MTS announcing its launch a short time ago. SaskTel lists the new iPhones as "coming soon", but representatives have so far only said on Twitter and Facebook that the carrier is still working out launch details.

Update 2: SaskTel has now officially announced that it too will begin selling the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on October 1.

Update 3: Alaska Communications has also announced that it will begin selling the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c beginning on October 1.

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14 months ago

Don't count on getting any iphones. They are non-existent. Apple produced very few around the world and is now taking your money for a phone that may come out in November. This sucks and Apple sucks.:mad:


So... very few=9 million in your mind?
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago

I received an iMassage this morning from the Apple Store informing me that my iPhone 5s is scheduled for delivery later today. I guess I'm lucky.
:rolleyes:


Lucky you. It sounds like you get a happy ending. ;)
Rating: 4 Votes
14 months ago
Don't count on getting any iphones. They are non-existent. Apple produced very few around the world and is now taking your money for a phone that may come out in November. This sucks and Apple sucks.:mad:
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago

Don't count on getting any iphones. They are non-existent. Apple produced very few around the world and is now taking your money for a phone that may come out in November. This sucks and Apple sucks.:mad:


Right 9 million sold in 3 days, a very small number. :rolleyes:
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago

Can't tell if your sarcastic but not the case at all. My Apple store in St Louis, MO got over 2000 iPhone's at launch then the following Monday they got another shipment and the employee who was selling me my wife's 5s said the shipment was pretty close to the launch shipment. He said there was a line all day (I got there at 4pm) and they still had them in stock.


3 people in my office have their iPhone 5s already.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago

Don't count on getting any iphones. They are non-existent. Apple produced very few around the world and is now taking your money for a phone that may come out in November. This sucks and Apple sucks.:mad:



That's weird, I'm using one right now that I purchased by walking into a Best Buy 20 minutes after it opened. And my friends that ordered on the 20th that were quoted October shipping dates received theirs yesterday.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago
So that's why Apple can't fulfill more orders for nationwide carriers because they're stockpiling for regional carriers. I bet my iPhone is still raw materials. (got the october ship date). :(
Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago

I'm getting aio because it's considerably cheaper monthly than signing a two year contract with AT&T - for using the same network. aio is offering unlimited talk, text, and data (4G LTE) for $55/mo, all taxes + fees included. The data is throttled after 2GB a month, but thats more data than I anticipate using anyway. I don't see any down sides. Net10 offer is similar, but I've heard their coverage in my area is shaky at best.


I've been using Straight Talk (AT&T network) for more than a year (basically the same kind of deal) and about the only downside I've heard of (besides web pages being the only customer service) is that if the network gets overloaded (you see this in big cities sometimes) it's the non AT&T phones that get dumped (no service) first. For me (in IL), I never run into the issue, but my sister (in TN) ran into it all the time and eventually had to go full AT&T and it solved her issues.

Good luck with AIO and enjoy....
Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago
Gold seems like the "official" 5s color, I like it.
Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago

Don't count on getting any iphones. They are non-existent. Apple produced very few around the world and is now taking your money for a phone that may come out in November. This sucks and Apple sucks.:mad:


I received an iMassage this morning from the Apple Store informing me that my iPhone 5s is scheduled for delivery later today. I guess I'm lucky.
:rolleyes:
Rating: 1 Votes

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