Back in 2011, U.S. Cellular’s CEO Mary Dillon said that the carrier refused to carry the iPhone due to Apple’s “unacceptable” terms.
It looks like U.S. Cellular has changed its mind, as during earnings release earlier today, the company announced that it will being carrying Apple products later this product.
From the press release:
“We have a number of strategies in progress to increase loyalty and attract more customers, including our announcement today that we will begin offering Apple products later this year. By further strengthening our device portfolio, we’ll give consumers another great reason to switch to U.S. Cellular, and enable our existing customers to choose from an even wider variety of iconic smartphones, and enjoy the outstanding U.S. Cellular customer experiences they deserve. Our smartphone penetration is currently 43 percent of core market customers and growing quickly. We believe there will be strong, ongoing demand for smartphones and data products and services from our customers, and we have significant room for growth in this area.”
This would mean that it would become the last of the top U.S. carriers to offer Apple’s iPhone. T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier in the U.S. started offering Apple’s iPhone last month.
U.S. Cellular hasn’t provided any other details such as the launch date etc, but we’re assuming that it will start offering Apple products with the launch of the next generation iPhone, which is widely expected to be released in September or October.
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