The iPhone is extending its reach from its major carriers in the United States to attract more customers.
Five regional carriers, namely Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Cellcom, GCI, and nTelos, have all started to offer the iPhone to local subscribers yesterday.
Customers of the five carriers can actually enjoy one particular advantage among others over those who are subscribed to Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint – they can avail of the iPhone 4S for $50 less than the price offered for the device by the three nationwide carriers.
The iPhone 4 is also available along with the four other models, priced at the usual $99 from some carriers and at $50 from others. Customers can choose from a variety of voice and data plans from across the carriers, which includes individual, family, statewide, nationwide and even prepaid plans.
Alaska Communications and GCI cater to Alaskan consumers; the Appalachian Wireless covers parts of Kentucky and Virginia; Cellcom is to serve to consumers from Michigan and Wisconsin; and nTelos also covers Virginia and parts of other states.
Even as the iPhone expands across the United States, one carrier is still yet to join the loop: T-Mobile. But it is not like they do not exert efforts in order to do so. The company has expressed its desire to pick up the iPhone; but for some reason, Apple is yet to act upon the request.
“T-Mobile thinks the iPhone is a good device and we’ve expressed our interest to Apple to offer it to our customers,” the company said in a statement. “Ultimately, it is Apple’s decision.”