C Spire, a small time US based mobile phone carrier, has announced that it will soon start offering Apple's newest iPhone 4S device, beating much larger rival T-Mobile USA.
The company, which recently changed its name from Cellular South, has roughly 1 million customers in four US states. C Sprire has become the fourth US based carrier to offer the recording breaking device after AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint.
C Spire, which is 33 times smaller than T-Mobile, said that the device will be available to customers who pay monthly subscriptions rather than pay-as-you-go customers. The company failed to mention any other detail about its deal with Apple.
"C Spire Wireless announced today that it will launch iPhone 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, in the U.S. in the coming weeks", the company said in a statement (opens in new tab). T-Mobile, which may be acquired by AT&T for $39 billion if everything falls in place, has said in the past that it wants to offer Apple's iPhone but no concrete information about a deal with Apple has been given so far.
Apple's decision to strike deals with regional wireless carriers gives a hint about company's plans to counter the competition dished out by Android based smartphones. Tapping regional providers will give it access to markets which were earlier out of reach for the company.