May 3, 2013
U.S. Cellular has announced plans to begin carrying Apple products later this year. The announcement was part of their quarterly earnings release. Here is the full statement, as it relates to Apple:
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.U.S. Cellular did not say which Apple products would be made available. However, it’s probably safe to say that one of those will be the iPhone. With 5.7 million subscribers, U.S. Cellular is the sixth largest wireless carrier in the United States. See also: T-Mobile CEO: MetroPCS iPhone Launch Is 'Not Imminent', But Is Possible, and T-Mobile Will Offer Refunds To iPhone Customers Who Didn't Read The Fine Print .