Cellcom, nTelos, C Spire, GCI, Cricket Communications, and Appalachian Wireless will begin selling the device on Friday, September 28. (Photo : RCR Wireless)
While the iPhone 5 is already in the hands of dedicated Apple fans, those who may be waiting for regional carriers to pick up the phone are in luck.
Cellcom, nTelos, C Spire, GCI, Cricket Communications, and Appalachian Wireless will begin selling the device on Friday, September 28. While larger carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint offer wider nationwide coverage, those who subscribe to Cellcom, Appalachian, or nTelos will receive a $50 discount on the device. From these carriers, the 16GB will sell at $149, the 32 at $249, and 64 at $349. Cricket is taking a different approach, offering a $499.99 iPhone 5 without a contract and $55/month pre-paid service for unlimited voice, data, and text. GCI and C Spire have yet to announce their plans. US Cellular has not announced any plans to carry the iPhone 5 to date.
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For those who want to take a more traditional route and agree to a two-year contract with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint will have the option of a 16GB iPhone 5 at $199, a 32GB at $299.99, and a 64GB at $399.99. Unsubsidized phones sans-contract cost $649, 749, and $849 for each respective size.
Verizon data plans range from $40 to $150/month, with AT&T spanning from $100 to $245/month, Sprint offers unlimited data for new subscribers, and has plans that start from $79.99 to $209.99.
The iPhone 5 is feather-light and takes the record for the thinnest smartphone Apple has ever made. The device shows up the iPhone 4S with a 4-inch screen that displays at 1136 x 640 pixels, a brand new A6 chip, and an ultra-thin touch pad that sharpens feedback to user input.
The iPhone 5 is available now, although supplies may be limited due to overwhelming demand.