CNet notes today that five more carriers are picking up the iPhone in the United States. They’re probably not carriers you’ve heard of, however, unless you live in specific regions. Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Cellcom, GCI, and nTelos all have begun offering Apple’s latest phone on their smaller networks, and with the added benefit of a $50 discount.
For those who happen to be in the coverage area of one of these networks, that’s a nice little perk, though it may be offset by the relatively small coverage area for which you’re paying.
And for those of you on T-Mobile? Still no luck. Though it’s one of the larger carriers in the U.S., the pattern continues of smaller carriers getting the iPhone first (starting with C-Spire in Mississippi and Claro Puerto Rico). The reasoning may lie in the fact that T-Mobile’s 3G HSPA+ network is different enough from AT&T’s, and Apple would have to roll more tech into the iPhone to make it work. They did it for Verizon, but Verizon was larger. If T-Mobile wants the iPhone, it might be up to them to make the change.