Since the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch a few weeks back, more and more carriers have begun to stock the device, and today marks the addition of yet another US carrier.
Based in Chicago, US Cellular is the fifth largest carrier in the US, larger than some carriers that already carried the iPhone 5S.
US Cellular iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C
You’ll recall that back in 2011, US Cellular famously rejected carrying the iPhone due to what they cited as economic reasons.
U.S. Cellular turned down Apple’s iPhone because it did not make sense for the company economically, CEO Mary Dillon said on the company’s third-quarter earnings conference call.
Dillon said that the carrier had the opportunity to sell the iPhone but that Apple’s “terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint.” Dillon added that the potential strain on the company’s network was not a factor in the decision, and that U.S. Cellular remains open to carrying the iPhone in the future.
Perhaps US Cellular have wised up to their original mistake, or perhaps they’ve just listened to their customers and finally given in that to be successful in this mobile work you have to offer the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
The 5S at US Cellular starts at US$199.99 for the 16 GB model, while the 16 GB 5C starts at $99.99.