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Now you can choose an iPhone carrier with the Apple Store app

Apple has updated the app to let users choose which carrier they want when buying an iPhone and to directly change their billing and shipping information.

The new Apple Store app lets U.S. iPhone buyers choose their carrier.
The new Apple Store app lets U.S. iPhone buyers choose their carrier. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Apple customers who buy products through the iOS Apple Store app will find a couple of helpful updates in the latest release.

Launched yesterday, version 2.1 of the Apple Store app now lets U.S. buyers of a new iPhone choose a plan from among all three carriers--Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.

Users can also manage their accounts directly through the app. You can now update both your billing and shipping information without leaving the app, a process that previously required you to log into the Apple Web site.

And to kick off this week's opening of a new Apple retail store in Amsterdam, (English translation) the app itself is now available for users in the Netherlands.

The last update to the app in November added a couple of major improvements, including the ability to pick up items ordered online at your local Apple Store and pay for items in the store via your iPhone.

The latest version of the app requires iOS 4.3.3 or higher. The app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, though Apple has yet to create an iPad-specific version.