iPhone 4S landing on three regional carriers May 18th: Bluegrass, Golden State Cellular, Nex-Tech Wireless

iPhone 4S landing on three regional carriers May 18th: Bluegrass, Golden State Cellular, Nex-Tech Wireless
Apple’s latest iPhone is selling like hotcakes, easily outselling every single Android phone, and part of that is because Apple has delivered the handset on pretty much every US carrier you can think of. Now, it’s adding three more - Bluegrass Cellular, Golden State Cellular and Nex-Tech Wireless. The three regional carriers will get the iPhone 4S in its CDMA version, the same one we know from Verizon and Sprint, on May 18th.

You might be hearing the names of those operators for the first time, and we wouldn’t blame you. Those are regional carriers - Bluegrass operates in Kentucky, Golden State Cellular is based in Jamestown, California, and Nex-Tech’s area of service is around Kansas.

Now, what’s good about getting the iPhone 4S on a contrac with a small, regional carrier like one of the aforementioned three is that you get a $50 cut in the initial price you pay, so that the 16GB iPhone 4S will cost you $150.

Last month, on April 20th, the iPhone 4S arrived on five other regional operators. Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Cellcom, GCI and nTelos all had the latest iPhone 4S late in April.

This leaves T-Mobile as the notable exception among US carriers, as it doesn’t officially support the iPhone. The problem lies in TMo’s AWS bands, which are incompatible with the iPhone, but the carrier has promised to fix the problem by expanding its HSPA+ service into the 1900MHz range, and support the iPhone after all by the end of this year.



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  • 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

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25 Comments

1. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

So the only reason why T-Mobile USA hasn't received the iPhone is because of its bands.? Because I'm pretty sure that if regional carriers are getting the iPhone 4S, T-Mobile is probably being looked at and getting pressured to add it to its line up. It would, from a business sense, be a huge advantage to them because T-Mobile USA has some of the most affordable plans out of the Big 4. They need to put their pride aside and just offer the iPhone 4/4S.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

They are going to "support" the phone by changing their bands around. it also means that they will support all those international superphones at the same time. They havent said squat about directly selling it. And there really isnt a reason to. So many people bring unlocked iphones to tmobile as it is. Adding 3g/4g support for it will only increase that number. And buying the phone unlocked and getting on a 30/50/60 plan is a hell of a lot cheaper than being under contract for one. Tmobile is setting themselves up to get the milk without having to buy the cow.

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Let's see I guess you choose to ignore all of T-Mobiles official statements saying they want to sell the iPhone.

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

http://www.digitaltrends.com/apple/poor-lil-fella-t-mobile-says-it-wants-the-iphone-4s-really-bad/ Remix says " They havent said squat about directly selling it. And there really isnt a reason to." Reality??? "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"

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no matter how much you troll me with the same tired quotes in every article, it doesnt make you right. its fun though. it shows your desperation.

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Can't wait till T-Mobile gets the iPhone. I wonder what you will say then? Face it you've been crushed the last few days. You continue to deny what's in black and white and any objective reader can see. You will continue to deny it until your android buddies turn on you as happened several times before. Remember the Microsoft Apple stock fiasco where all of PA told you to shut up? You look silly arguing official statements from your company.

17. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

taco... it's funny to see you tell someone else: "you continue to deny what's in black and white and any objective reader can see" Sounds like you buddy.

25. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

To tell you the truth, I don't see the necessity of T-Mo offering the iPhone. I do see plenty of T-Mo authorized dealers offering the iPhone unlocked. It wouldn't hurt if T-Mo doesn't offer it officially, it'll probably hurt T-Mo more if it does. Instead of reading the partial press release, here's the rest of it you're missing: "T-Mobile’s 4G smartphones stack up against competitive smartphones in terms of functionality, speed, features offered and overall experience – including the iPhone 4S. Reports continue of iPhones not operating well on some carrier networks, while our latest 4G smartphones offer many advantages vs. the iPhone 4S: •Capable of faster speeds •Bigger screens •Compelling service pricing •More advanced camera on the HTC Amaze 4G •More choice We firmly believe that T-Mobile’s portfolio will give any iPhone a run for its money. We offer the increased processing power and faster 4G speeds achieved by our fastest smartphones, the most advanced camera of any smartphone on the HTC Amaze 4G, and our industry-leading 4.52” super AMOLED display offered on the Samsung Galaxy S II." Quote from: "http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/articles/t-mobile-4g -smartphones-statement" I would highlight some of the point that they press release is making regarding T-Mo's 4G device vs iPhone. Too bad I couldn't, and not like highlighting them will make a difference since your reading comprehension doesn't seem like it's up to the average level. Here's a summary of the quote there. Even tho T-Mo doesn't offer iPhone, T-Mo has a number of Android and Windows phone that are better than iPhone.

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Good post man, but it is the bands. T-Mobile has made several official statements that they want to sell the iPhone, but it's Apple's decision on when they want to make an iPhone compatible with their network. T-Mobile is upgrading their network as we speak though so it may be a moot point. My guess is when the new iPhone launches T-Mobile will sell it.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i guess apple is really trying to fight that slide in marketshare.

4. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Somehow, I really don't think they're worried.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if they werent, they would still only be selling on the big carriers instead of any little carrier that can shove their pricing at. Keep that "exclusivity" snottiness that the trolls love to think they have. The problem with it being available everywhere, is it stops being "cool" and starts being common. They wouldnt endanger their "cool" image unless they were worried about their shrinking market share. "highest selling phone" is meaningless when your still losing market share with it.

7. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

I wasn't aware that "cool" was having the same device as everyone else. I thought cool was to be unique. No?

18. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Considering the iPhone is the only phone I know of where the cases are made in such a way to avoid blocking the Apple logo on the back of the phone, I think people want to have what everyone else has, as long as it's an iPhone.

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Apple's market share has gone up since the 4S

22. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

uh apples marketshare went up… and it outsold android in Q1 on the top 3 carriers

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Be careful remix doesn't like FACTS messing with his predefined world view. Just like he thinks that T Mobile doesn't want an iPhone even though T Mo has official company statements that they do.

5. angelesmec unregistered

why are there so many people in loved with iphones even though high-end android phones are much more powerful yet more budget wise..is it because of the ''cool guy'' image associated with iphones?

16. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Because most people just want something that works all the time an connects very thing they have at home, together. Also, I think the sizes of these new android phones is too much as well. I'll probably get the sgs3 but I think it's pushing it on the size.

20. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

And iphones are restrictead....

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I feel bad for the customers of regional carriers...they, too, will soon experience network issues, higher upgrade/activation fees, and higher data plan costs, the ability to upgrade later than sooner....these companies have to recoup the losses create by the iPhones high subsidy costs, somehow. Customers of AT&T and Verizon have already experienced this....

23. I.P.H.O.N.E

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2012

We are the best.

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