OregonLive has reported that Consumer Cellular, an Oregon-based post-paid carrier, will begin offering the iPhone starting on December 13th. Consumer Cellular is a private mobile operator that has a majority customer base of senior citizens and serves them with a range of options that suit them. Consumer Cellular went ahead with a deal with Apple, primarily because its senior citizen base requested they be able to access their emails and the Internet on their mobile devices.
On Wednesday, research firm Kantar Worldpanel reported that the new iPhone lineup accounted for 76% of October smartphone sales in Japan. The iPhone also accounted for a total of 61% of phones sold on NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest carrier. The carrier received the iPhone for the first time this year and has since seen great success with the iPhone 5s and 5c.
AT&T is selling the 16GB iPhone 5s for $99, down from the current retail price of $199, and is selling the 16GB iPhone 5c for $49, down from $99. Unfortunately, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s sale prices are limited to the 16GB models, as the 32GB iPhone 5s jumps back up to $299.99.
Yesterday, Boost Mobile began carrying the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. For a limited time, the Sprint subsidiary will be selling the iPhone 5s for $549 for the 16GB version—$100 less than its official retail price of $649. But there’s more, as Boost Mobile is offering an extra $100 discount to those who switch from any other carrier. This will bring the price of the iPhone 5s down to $449.99, while the mid-tier iPhone 5c will set you back by $349.99.
Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c seem to be very popular with customers. Last month, Sprint sold a record 1.4 million iPhones in Q3 2013, allowing the company to get closer to profitability for the first time. Now, T-Mobile has reported that it has sold nearly 550,000 iPhones in this third quarter of 2013. The 550,000 iPhones sold account for about 10% of the company’s total 5.6 million smartphone sales. That includes all of the prepaid devices the company sells, as well as MetroPCS branding phones.
If you don’t remember, Boost Mobile announced they will sell the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c without a contract, starting November 8th. Now, the company has unveiled pricing, mentioning it will be $100 less than the official retail price. Boost Mobile is offering the new iPhone 5s 16GB model off-contract for $549 while the new iPhone 5c starts from $449.
Sprint, the nation’s third largest carrier, is finally looking at making profit from the selling the iPhone. The carrier began selling the iPhone in 2011 with the introduction of the iPhone 4s, followed by the 5, and now the 5s. Until now, the company hasn’t really been that close to turning a profit with Apple’s popular smartphone. With Sprint’s Q3 2013 results now out, the carrier is finally approaching profitability with 1.4 million iPhones sales producing $383 million in profits.
If you’re planning to get the new iPad, you may want to check out T-Mobile as your option; the carrier is offering 200MB free data with purchase of the cellular model. No other carrier is offering a plan with free data, so this might give a good edge to T-Mobile over its rivals.
It was rumored earlier this month that Boost Mobile will carry Apple’s latest offerings: the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. It turns out the rumor was correct. Boost Mobile announced earlier today that they will offer iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C without a contract starting November 8th.
Currently, a lot of Apple customers opt for the WiFi version of the iPad because the cellular version costs more and the data plans are very pricey. Now, according to AllThingsD, AT&T is trying to push the sale of cellular devices over WiFi models by introducing two new data plans for the iPad and other tablets. The plans include a $5 per day 250MB iPad data pass, as well as a $25 three month 1GB data plan.
Apple’s new iPhone line-up is now becoming available all over, with the shipping estimates recently dropping to a 2-3 week wait time for the new 5s. A number of regional carriers are also beginning to sell the iPhone 5s and 5c, including the most recent addition: Cricket Wireless. On Monday, Cricket announced that they will officially be carrying the iPhone 5s and 5c starting October 25th.
Sprint has done it once again, making me wait up to three weeks for the iPhone. The last time the company did this was with the iPhone 4S, and since I am required to sign a two year contract to get the subsidized pricing on Apple’s iPhone, I had to stick with the carrier’s plans. Though the three week waiting period is true for a lot of carriers, I am a Sprint customer and I don’t understand why the carrier couldn’t get me my iPhone within a week or so of it going on sale.