Apple iPhone 4S: Soon at C Spire, but not T-Mobile
C Spire, a regional carrier previously known as Cellular South, will be the fourth U.S. provider to offer the phone.
The exclusive iPhone 4S club isn't so hard to get into after all.
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless, formerly known as Celllular South, said it will be offering Apple's latest iPhone in coming weeks. Exact timing and pricing information wasn't yet available.
C Spire marks the fourth U.S. carrier to offer the iPhone, after Sprint Nextel joined AT&T and Verizon Wireless during last week's launch. The addition also draws attention to T-Mobile USA, the only national carrier to be left out in the cold., which would allow its customers to get the iPhone.
C Spire was best known as Cellular South before, but changed its name to reflect its focus on data services. Its outspoken CEO Hu Meena criticized AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile before Congress, and has also refused to let Verizon Wireless have access to its 4G LTE network.
As part of its relaunch, C Spire is marketing itself to customers as a carrier that delivers "personalized" wireless service to its customers. That includes an app recommendation system called Scout, a rewards program called Percs, more social media integration, and a service called Pulse, which taps into customer preferences.