It’s just been announced that the iPhone 4S will be available on a fourth US carrier, and no, it’s not T-Mobile. Oddly enough, C Spire Wireless, formerly known as Cellular South, will be launching Apple’s next smartphone soon.

C Spire will join AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint as an iPhone partner in the US. T-Mobile remains left out in the cold…

The iPhone 4S is a world phone capable of running on both GSM and CDMA networks. Sprint runs on the same technology as Verizon, so the CDMA iPhone 4S works across those two carriers. The GSM iPhone 4S works on T-Mobile’s EDGE network, but the carrier’s unique AWS 3G frequency band keeps the iPhone from taking advantage of 3G speeds on T-Mobile.

AT&T and T-Mobile are in the process of merging, which is the likely reason why Apple hasn’t added T-Mobile as a partner.

According to Macworld, C Spire is the largest privately-held cellular carrier in the country. C Spire is a regional carrier that offers service in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. The C Spire network is CDMA, like Sprint and Verizon.

C Spire believes that it offers the best plan for iPhone customers, dubbed the “80/40” plan. Customers can have unlimited text, data, and voice for $80 per month, with $40 added with each new line.

Apple announced that it sold 4 million iPhone 4S units on launch weekend, putting the handset on track to become the fastest-selling consumer electronics product of all time. Adding more carriers to the roster will only help sales.

It’s nice to see the iPhone finally coming to smaller, underdog carriers in the US. We’ll be curious to see which carrier Apple’s smartphone comes to next.

Let us know if you end up purchasing an iPhone 4S on C Spire! Pre-registation starts today on the carrier’s website.

  • Jenn

    Soo how is the cellphone coverage in Fairfield, CA? Anyone know ? 🙂

  • Dodgerdeezy

    Not only t mobile but US CELLULAR TOO

  • stfudvs

    h2o wireless unlimited 60$ a month, 3G mms FaceTime all working with plist mod or h2o ipcc, sims for 9$ at bestbuy AT&T mvno no unlock needed will activate as well

    • Drew

      mate do you use h2o wireless? if so how do you find it? thanks

    • fdxgncgfn

      or tmobile family plan $50 each line unlimited data text and talk

      • Drew

        I have t-mobile and they aren’t bad but EDGE is quite slow. I want something faster. I hear AT&T pre paid is a way to go but unlimited isn’t supported with the iphones and you have to get a data package. But you get 3G speeds.

  • daMan

    Man, that’s sad…. I really want it on T-Mobile……

  • Lmao T Mobile is getting the short end of the stick

    • Manuel.

      Now those iPhone attack commericals that T-Mobile made against Apple and AT&T and Verizon is a funny one to laugh at, being how almost every US carrier has an iPhone but them. If Metro PCS gets an iPhone, which I doubt would happen, then I’d say T-Mobile is done like Johnny Cage from the second Mortal Kombat movie.

      • Injury to insult. Theyre also getting bought out by a iphone carrier. This is too funny

  • Soto

    If Boost mobile and Cricket get it, it would be then end of other handsets.

  • MALdito

    Still no T-Mobile? WTF?!?!?!

  • iPhoNerd

    Apple is wise, it had a problem with AT&T at the iPhone lauch as ATT did not have enough capacity to handle data transmission back then. Tmob claims itself as the largest “4G” network in the US, my a** lol. Recently I got 3 lines from tmob with 3 4G handsets. Their coverage map shows FULL 4G signal at the area I live, San Jose, CA. The fact is that they dont have even proper edge connection available in the area. All my 3 4G handsets were showing 2G all the time. I gladly returned the phones to tmob. Probably Apple aware of tmobs false claim and dont want to get them on board as partially Apple will also get blamed for tmob’s poor performance.

  • fdxgncgfn

    Apple will not waste their time making a new iphone with different bands if tmobile has a chance of getting acquired by at&t anyway.

  • Kimberly

    C Spire’s 3G is slow as molasses. I’ve been having missed calls and not knowing until I get a voicemail. More dropped calls you name it. They were very reliable when they were Cellular South now they are a bunch of crap. Their new plans offer unlimited data but they charge you for streaming. So how is that truly unlimited? The iPhone 4s is really gonna suck on their network. 0.16 Mbps is not acceptable.