Move over AT&T, Verizon & Sprint. Starting this month, the major cell phone carriers won’t be the only ones to have Apple’s iPhone 4S available on their networks here in the US.
It’s a major departure from Apple’s previous scheme of limiting iPhone availability to one or two networks, as they have done in the past. The iPhone 4S was launched on three carriers, AT&T, Verizon & Sprint. T-Mobile is not in the mix because the iPhone 4S will not run on their 3G or 4G networks.
And the number of iPhone carriers is growing. On November 11, all three versions (16GB, 32GB and 64GB) of the iPhone 4S, along with the iPhone 4, will also be available on a regional network as well, C-Spire… formerly known as Cellular South.
The price for the phones on C-Spire, with purchase of a contract, will be the same as it is on the major carriers – $199.99, $299.99 and $399.99 for the different versions of the iPhone 4S, and $99 for the iPhone 4.
The interesting thing is that C-Spire will offer plans with unlimited data usage.
A $50/month plan includes 500 minutes of talk time. At $70/month, the talk is unlimited. Both of these plans have unlimited data usage – except – for streaming, which is limited to 30 minutes unless additional time is purchased.
Two higher end plans include unlimited data and unlimited streaming. The $90/month plan offers 1000 minutes of talk time. the $100/month plan has unlimited talk time.
C-Spire’s region includes Mississippi, Memphis, the Florida Panhandle, and parts of Alabama and Georgia. They are taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4S at www.cspire.com/iPhone. It’s also expected to be released on additional regional carriers in the near future.