Apple now has one more carrier partner in the U.S for the iPhone. Unfortunately, it’s not T-Mobile USA nor is it large regional carriers such as MetroPCS or Cricket.
The regional U.S. carrier is nTelos Wireless who has just announced that it will be offering Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S from April 20th.
“As a wireless service provider well-known for delivering the best value in wireless, we’re pleased to offer the amazing new iPhone 4S to our customers,” said Jim Hyde, president and CEO for nTelos Wireless. “iPhone 4S offers an abundance of new features, and with our industry-leading, nationwide smartphone plans, customers can now enjoy the nation’s best networks for less.”
nTelos is offering Apple’s iPhone for a $50 discount to attract customers, so iPhone 4S will be available starting at $149.99 for the 16GB model, $249.99 for the 32GB model, $349.99 for the 64GB model and iPhone 4 for just $49.99 with a 2-year contract.
nTelos is offering the following voice and data plans to iPhone customers:
nTelos has also mentioned that it plans to start throttling at 5GB.
They’ve also published the following comparison chart:
nTelos operates a CDMA network in Virginia, West Virginia, and portions of Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, and North Carolina and has just over 400,000 subscribers. As Kevin Fitchard of GigaOM points out nTelnos CDMA network operates on the exact same frequency configurations as Verizon Wireless’s and Sprint’s networks, which is the reason it has managed to get Apple’s iPhone (and it is not offering the GSM only iPhone 3GS). Larger carriers like T-Mobile USA haven’t managed to get Apple’s iPhone due to its unique band technology, which they hope will be supported in next generation iPhone chipset.