Reports from FierceWireless have been released earlier that the CEO of US Cellular, Mary Dillon, this morning told their investors that the carrier was given the opportunity to carry Apple’s new smartphone, and they turned it down. US Cellular are the sixth largest carrier within the United States. Everyone one was shocked to hear such news.
Their reaction is quite interesting, considering that other carriers like T-Mobile would jump at an opportunity like that and are paying a lot to get to carry the phone. Also CEO of Sprint, Dan Hesse, considers that the new iPhone is the main reason why users make the switch to other carriers. So the question is why did she turn down the offer. She says:
“Apple’s terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint.”
However, they do not seem to be the only ones that have tuned down the iPhone due to Apple’s expensive terms. We heard that a Czech carrier also passed on the Apple’s headset for similar reasons as above. We know that Sprint gave a wooping $20 billion in cash to become an iPhone carrier, and the deal is rumored to last until 2014.