C Spire will be joining with the rest of its carrier brethren to offer Apple's premier handset later this month
Just hours after Cricket announced the iPhone 5, C Spire on Thursday also announced that it too will be carrying Apple's premier smartphone. C Spire will become only the fifth carrier to sell the iPhone 5 here in the U.S.
C Spire, formerly known as Cellular South, has about 900,000 customers in four states, making it more than 33 times smaller than Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, which has 33.6 million customers in the U.S. C Spire also carried the iPhone 4 and 4S last year.
Apple's launch of the iPhone 5 on C Spire and Cricket signals the company is truly done with selling on the premier carriers only. Apple will now likely offer the device on as many carriers as possible, something that is probably necessary, especially if it wants to catch up to Android.
While huge for C Spire, the move is yet another punch in the gut for T-Mobile USA, America's fourth largest carrier. T-Mobile has been looking to carry the iPhone 5 for quite a while now, but hasn't because the iPhone does not support AWS 3G -- a spectrum band T-Mobile uses for HSPA+.
Following C Spire's announcement, several other regional carriers have also confirmed that they will launch the iPhone 5 on Sept. 28: Appalachia Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Cell Com, and GCI.