Five regional, wireless carriers have started selling the iPhone today, April 20, 2012. Alaska Communications (AK), Appalachian Wireless (KY & VA), Cellcom (WI & MI), nTelos (VA), and GCI (AK) have dedicated iPhone pages on their websites.
The iPhone 4S is selling for $50 less though these carriers than AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. Each newly added regional carrier is also able to sell the iPhone 4. Early reports indicated that prices varied on the iPhone 4 from $50 to $99. However, a review of all of sites later in the day indicated a $49 or $50 price tag for all five companies.
Each carrier requires a term-commitment in the two-year range and offers various voice, data, and texting packages. Consumers in the regional coverage areas can visit the carrier websites for additional pricing, availability, and related costs. 9to5mac did some research on costs for the service on some of the carriers and shared the details on their website yesterday.
After selling over 13 million iPhones through AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint in Q4 2011, this will undoubtedly help increase the market share of the Apple smartphone. The one significant carrier still left out is T-Mobile. CNET received an emailed statement from the company back in October, which shared: "T-Mobile thinks the iPhone is a good device and we've expressed our interest to Apple to offer it to our customers. Ultimately, it is Apple's decision."
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