The one name notably absent from the list of iPhone 4S carriers is T-Mobile US Inc. , and the addition of an even smaller carrier makes the exception more glaring. C Spire is a CDMA carrier, so Sprint and Verizon's version of the handset will work out of the box on its network, whereas T-Mobile operates on different GSM frequencies from AT&T, thus requiring a new handset. Still, it would be an easy upgrade for Apple to add AWS support, making T-Mobile's exclusion more likely a business decision than a technology one. (See iPhone 5: Apple Can Have 4G But Not the World.) Either way, the iPhone 4S is an important win for C Spire, which just rebranded to focus more on personalization and data services. C Spire is also a vocal opponent of AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, which would make an iPhone 4S for Magenta more likely. (See Cellular South Files to Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger.) For more
Apple plans to add more carriers and countries to the iPhone 4S roster before the end of the year. Read up on the phone’s launch below.
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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile