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Apple iPhone 4S headed to small Southern carrier C Spire Wireless

C Spire iPhone 4S

Apple's iPhone 4S is available on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon and, so far, not T-Mobile, the nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier.

But a fourth U.S. carrier will soon join the ranks of iPhone 4S sellers; that carrier is C Spire.

Never heard of C Spire? Don't feel bad. For one thing, until late last month, C Spire went by the name of Cellular South.

The regional carrier has either 875,000, 900,000 or 1 million customers, depending on which report you read. The company, based in Ridgeland, Miss., has subscribers across the southeastern U.S., including Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama.

C Spire hasn't yet said how much it will sell the iPhone 4S for, but it's a good bet it will hold the price line that AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and every other retailer (Best But, Radio Shack, Target and others) sells the Apple smartphone for -- $199 for a 16-gigabyte model, $299 for a 32-gigabyte phone and $399 for a 64-gigabyte unit.

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 -- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Twitter.com/nateog

Image: C Spire's website listing of the Apple iPhone 4S. Credit: C Spire Wireless

 
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