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U.S. Cellular isn't ready to take the iPhone in its present form. What AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint currently offer in the U.S. simply isn't cutting edge enough for U.S. Cellular...
12-07-2011, 09:35 AM #1
U.S. Cellular Holding Out for Apple's LTE iPhone
U.S. Cellular isn't ready to take the iPhone in its present form. What AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint currently offer in the U.S. simply isn't cutting edge enough for U.S. Cellular (the 6th largest mobile carrier in the country), which is holding out for something more from the otherwise hugely popular Apple smartphone.
This week, Ted Carlson, CEO of U.S. Cellular's parent company TDS, said the carrier won't even begin to weigh the prospect of carrying the iPhone until Apple takes the next step in mobile evolution and releases an LTE iPhone.
"We're never going to say never about the iPhone," Carlson said. "The iPhone for us would need to be at the cutting edge of where we're going, and then there might be an opportunity to consider it." The carrier said it was previously given an opportunity to carry the device, but declined, saying only that U.S. Cellular is currently focused on taking its LTE efforts to the next level - a goal the iPhone can't contribute to in its current form.
For the time being, U.S. Cellular operates in 26 states and anticipates covering one-quarter of its total coverage footprint with LTE by the end of this year, Fierce Wireless reports. The carrier is planning to launch at least one LTE smartphone and tablet in the first quarter of 2012.
Source: Fierce Wireless
12-07-2011, 09:47 AM #2
US Cellular seem adamant to ride on the iPhones coattails. I mean, who really cares? They called the 4s old technology yet it tops most speed tests.
12-07-2011, 10:28 AM #3
i personally think US Cellular is high who the hell do they think they are. If I was apple when i release the LTE iPhone i would snub their *** or make them pay more then everyone else to carry it. I dont think being number 6 affords you the right to tell Apple what you will and wont carry. I would give the number 7 and number 5 guys a break on it and help them take down number 6 lol but thats just me.
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12-07-2011, 11:12 AM #8
I've never even heard of this company, so it's definitely NOT "The way people talk around here."
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12-07-2011, 01:01 PM #12
The truth is, people want an iPhone more than they want LTE. Sales prove this already.
12-07-2011, 01:49 PM #13