By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Mississippi-based C Spire Wireless announced Wednesday it will carry the iPhone 4S, becoming the fourth carrier in the country to offer Apple’s popular device.
C Spire, formerly known as Cellular South, did not specify a timeline, only saying it will be offered in the coming weeks. The company said it will announce pricing “soon.”
The news had been rumored for at least a month, but it was still met with surprise from the tech industry, which considered it a coup that the regional carrier was able to get the iPhone before larger carriers, such as T-Mobile.
The move comes about three weeks after the company changed its name, its tagline and its plans. The new plans change how data is handled, which has been a public struggle for ATamp&T and Verizon, the two largest carriers of the iPhone.
Before Sept. 26, one of C Spire’s most popular plans was an unlimited option for $80, which included unlimited voice, email, mobile web and streaming data. That plan is now $100.
On Sept. 26, C Spire rolled out new “infinite” plans, which do not include streaming data. On Wednesday, C Spire spokesman Dave Miller said the current offerings are the company’s plans going forward.
“All plans will apply to all devices,” he said.
Miller said customers will have their pre-Sept. 26 plans grandfathered in, until they switch devices. When they switch, he said, they must change to one of the new plans.
Miller said C Spire applies the traditional definition to streaming media. Additional charges will apply to activities such as streaming music on Pandora, watching videos on YouTube and Hulu and watching streaming movies on Netflix.
He said the company will provide more details “soon” about the plans.