U.S. Cellular says iPhone just isn't cutting-edge enough currently for the carrier

U.S. Cellular says iPhone just isn't cutting-edge enough currently for the carrier
The iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet in Apple’s words, but what’s equally amazing about it is the freedom to get it on almost any US carrier. AT&T has it, Verizon has it, Sprint has it, even C-Spire Wireless has it! Which carrier is missing? You’d probably say T-Mobile, and you’d be perfectly right, but this story is about the nation’s sixth-largest carrier - U.S. Cellular.

“We’re never going to say never about the iPhone. The iPhone for us would need to be at the cutting edge of where we’re going, and then there might be an opportunity to consider it,” CEO Ted Carlson said. U.S. Cellular explained that last month that it had the possibility to sell the iPhone 4S, which comes without LTE, but opted not to since it wasn’t a good fit in the plans of the carrier.

The regional carrier is transferring its 26-state presence to LTE and that could be one of the reasons, but previously it has also been suggested that the iPhone agreement came with unacceptable terms. Comparing it with the multi-billion dollar deal that Sprint had to sign, literally banking the farm on the iPhone, this sounds like a more plausible explanation of why US Cellular could have voted against offering the iPhone. 

With headquarters in Chicago, IL, U.S. Cellular has 6.1 million subscribers in 126 markets across 26 states. The CDMA-based carriers offers Android and BlackBerry smartphones, and one Windows Phone handset. The Motorola Electrify, a rebranded Motorola Photon 4G, is currently the carrier’s high-end offering in Android phones.

source: 9to5Mac

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its a nice PR spin on not wanting to sell your soul for a phone contract anyways.

20. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha well att and verizon did it and look and which out of these three are the two makin the most money?

2. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

So first they say it's about the money, now they say it's not "cutting edge" technology. Not sure who they're fooling, but either way they're dumb for not offering their customers one of the most popular phones out there, regardless of the technology in the phone.

3. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

absolutely right, iPhone 4s might be the worst in high end smartphones right now but its the most popular..

5. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

well said.

7. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

How is it the worst, its completely subjective which OS and support you prefer, a lot of people prefer iPhones, you and I prefer Droids, deal with it.

15. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I think he just meant in terms of specs.

4. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

wtf? while i'll say USC sucks with phone selection.... IP4S is still far more advanced than anything i've heard of them planning on releasing near term. nice spin, but they could at least try not to sound like completely ignorant company

6. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Now that is a good bite

8. hepresearch unregistered

iPhone 4S... works well? Extremely well. Stable? Absolutely. Cutting-edge? No! Android devices seem a little like the European cars from the last few decades... always on the cutting-edge, but not always very reliable without a lot of work and effort. iOS is more like the Japanese cars from the last few decades... just behind the Europeans, never really cutting-edge, but always incorporating new technology once it has become mature, stable, and quite reliable. The roles are reversed in one way, though... while Android brings in the Japanese-car price, iOS rakes in the European-car price. iOS is easy to use, and highly stable and reliable. Android, though, is on the cutting-edge devices. Is US Cellular smart to be excluding the iPhone due to this lack of cutting-edge tech? I think it is true that they would get more customers that way, but how much will it cost them to sell the iPhone, and what guiding principles will they have to give up in order to do it?

9. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LOL, I love my iPhone, but let's face it, iPhone is not the best phone out there, popular? yes it is popular. Best? I don't think so, without the App Store iPhone is nothing and pretty much a standard smartphone. But most Android phones without Android Market will still be killer phones, we all know Android market is full of rubbish apps, yet Android phones blow iPhone out of the water [most subjective reviewers who loves the iPhone, always rate it best because of the App Store, which I don't think it is fair, since they're reviewing the phone, not the OS App Stores. I stand to be corrected] . So all my iFans, lets dig deep down our hearts and just admit that phones like Samsung Galaxy S2 and other beat iPhone so hard Apple ran out of iPhone designs. #iLoveMyiPhoneThoughButLetTheTruthBeTold

10. hepresearch unregistered

To folks on both sides of the fanboy wars... Slim just showed you all what humility, courage, and perspective look like. +1.

14. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

lol you're talking strictly specs. There's more than just the app store. Apparently you haven't explored your phone that much. There's no reason to rate the iPhone high because of its App Store when the Android Marketplace now has a more than comparable conglomeration of apps. Maybe you aren't reading any of the recent reviews that well. For the most part the specs are negligible, and that's comparing first hand the i4s, Razr, and Rezound. The iPhone may have significantly lower overall specs, but the fluidity running iOS5 on the phone is hard to ignore with how fast it is, especially with the vast improvements in the multitasking field. The Razr and Rezound have better specs and are equally good at running Gingerbread (hopefully it will remain the same for ICS when the phones are updated) but there is a slight bit more lag when multitasking with those phones. The Razr and Rezound set themselves apart from the field with their LTE capability though. The Galaxy Nexus will in all likelihood be a sight to behold, with not only it's specs, but ICS, LTE and NFC (except for that Google Wallet issue Verizon is screwing its customers with). Personally I can't wait for the quad-core phones, which will undoubtedly belong to Android when they start hitting the market.

11. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

iphone is so 2007. you can wrap it up and make it look pretty, but at the end of the day..a turd is still a turd.. i mean iturd. can i patent that?

12. hepresearch unregistered

No, you may not. Apple already patented that back in 2007... you know, just in case things did not go so well. Last I checked, though, Sludgedroid is still up for grabs...

16. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I don't believe this. I mean iPhone isn't cutting edge that's ok. But saying just because iPhone isn't cutting edge you won't buy it/sell contracts. Say honestly Apple is requesting huge amount of money for iPhones that you can't pay for.

17. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

USCC FTW! We dont need the Iphone. The Electrify does just fine.

18. Armor

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

I am so glad the iphone is not coming to US Cellular. I currently own the Blackberry Torch 9850. The newest all touch phone from RIM. I love this phone. The iphone when it comes to spec's is behind the 8 ball. The new super phones with the QNX software due out next year (from RIM) will be some outstanding phones.

19. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 2011

US Cellular did good. The iPhone 4S does lack high-end specs...no 720p display, no 1 GB of RAM, no LTE radio when US Cellular is about to turn on LTE, and an 800 MHz processor in a world that's dominated by high-end phones that have ≥1 GHz processors. With them having LTE phones in the making, they couldn't justify paying Apple all that money for the iPhone 4Ss to watch them collect dust while LTE phones are flying off shelves.

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