Virgina-based regional carrier nTelos has just announced that it will officially begin selling Apple’s iPhone on April 20. This deal marks Apple’s second venture into the regional carrier world (C-Spire, another smaller carrier, got the iPhone in October). According to nTelos CEO Jim Hyde,
“As a wireless service provider well-known for delivering the best value in wireless, we’re pleased to offer the amazing new iPhone 4S to our customers. iPhone 4S offers an abundance of new features, and with our industry-leading, nationwide smartphone plans, customers can now enjoy the nation’s best networks for less.”
So if you live in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, or Kentucky, you’ll be able to purchase an nTelos-branded iPhone on April 20 at 7 a.m. in a retail store, over the phone, or on the web. As far as pricing goes, the 8-gigabyte iPhone 4 will run you $50, the 16-gigabyte iPhone 4S will cost $150, the 32 gig model will go for $250, and the 64 gigabyte option comes it at $350.
And, what’s really big is that nTelos will be offering unlimited data plans! Customers can sign up for unlimited voice, text and data for one line for $100 per month. Two lines can be had for $140 per month, and any more lines after that cost $50 each.
And now the question everyone is thinking – “What about T-Mobile?”
It’s great to see Apple expanding to more carriers and customers, but nTelos’ 400,000 subscribers sort of pale in comparison to T-Mobile’s 34 million. I find it a bit insane that Apple has been able to strike a deal with these little guys without first working something out with the nation’s fourth-largest carrier. The delay could be because of the bands T-Mobile’s network runs on (1700MHz and 2100MHz), but even if they’re somewhat uncommon, it can’t be that hard to make an iPhone capable of connecting to ’em.
What do you guys think – what’s the hold up? Are you happy to see the iPhone coming to nTelos, or are you frustrated that T-Mobile isn’t on the list of the five iPhone-touting carriers in the US? Comment below or tweet me here.