US Cellular will finally begin carrying an assortment of Apple iPad and Apple iPhone devices in late 2013.
At this time, the mobile carrier has not revealed which devices it will offer or what subscription plans will go along with those devices.
If the plan to sell Apple devices occurs in 2013, it is likely US Cellular will gain access to the Apple iPhone 5S, the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini, all of which will debut before the end of the year.
There is even the slight possibility that Apple will deliver the iWatch in time for a US Cellular debut. The iWatch however has been talked about in very little detail.
US Cellular currently operates in 26 states and provides service for 5.8 million subscribers as of the end of 2012. The cellular network is currently working to deploy its own 4G LTE network. With Apple devices featuring high-speed data, the move couldn’t come at a better time for US Cellular.
The move could be big for US Cellular. After Sprint Wireless finally signed a deal with Apple, it witnessed an increase is subscribers. Even T-Mobile finally began offering the Apple iPhone 5. US Cellular could ultimately offer a pricing plan like T-Mobile’s no-contract pricing structure. The T-Mobile iPhone 5 costs more than double the cost of an iPhone 5 with a 2-year contract plan.
Numerous regional carriers have noticed the potential of the Apple product lines and have adopted the technology for their smaller user bases.
Do you think the Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPad mini will ultimately help US Cellular grab a bigger piece of the cellular market?