According to FierceWireless, Apple asked U.S. Cellular if they would like to receive the iPhone on their network – but the carrier declined the offer. The reasoning behind this rejection is U.S. Cellular’s impression of Apple’s terms as being “… unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint,” according to their CEO, Mary Dillon. It seems Dillion feared that the iPhone simply would not help U.S. Cellular as much as it has Sprint and Verizon.
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.
Dillion is reportedly open to the carrier receiving the iPhone sometime in the future, but are currently no plans to do so.
The iPhone is currently available on U.S providers AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless – the three top carriers in the country. They all offer similar plans, with the exception of Sprint, who continues to offer unlimited data.
Starting November 11th, C Spire will join the iPhone carriers to offer the iPhone 4S at the same price as AT&T with some reasonable plans and unlimited data. C Spire – at one time named “Cellular South – is a southern-based cellular company that serves approximately 875,000 customers – most of which are located in the south/southeastern portion of the U.S.