TechKnow: New Phones, Service on the Horizon from Appalachian Wireless (UPDATE: iPhone coming!)
I just wanted to take a little break from the tornado coverage to share some information about at least one new phone headed to Appalachian Wireless soon, and an approaching announcement about another.
Yesterday, this was posted on the Appalachian Wireless Facebook page:
Appalachian Wireless Our first 4G phone will be available in May. It will be the HTC Fireball. It’s very similar to the Droid Incredible. Also, we will have more news to pass along next week regarding other phones. We cannot release the details of that at this time, but soon.
You can find out more about the HTC Fireball in this article: http://androidandme.com/2012/03/smartphones-2/droid-incredible-4g-and-droid-fighter-coming-soon-to-verizon/
The interesting part is that the Fireball is set to arrive at AW around the same time it will appear on Verizon’s network as the Incredible 4G. Could this signal a new phase where Verizon’s phones start appearing on the AW network much sooner after they are released? Typically, there has been around a 6-month wait, but in some other conversations on their FB page, AW folks have indicated that once their 4g/LTE network is up and operational, they will be getting phones much sooner after they are released. That will be a very nice addition to what is already incredible customer service.
The other part of that announcement is interesting, as well. There have been rumors circulating for a while that AW will be getting the iPhone, but when asked about it, their response has always been to basically say, “no comment”, but they’ve done it in a way that sort of left a little room open for speculation. Seeing as the iPhone 4S launched in October, and here we are 6 months out from that time, could it be that an Appalachian Wireless iPhone announcement could be coming next week?
I’m pretty happy with my Android phone right now, and truthfully, my next upgrade would probably be a Windows phone over an iPhone, but if AW can get this device, it is going to make a LOT of folks happy.
I’ll keep you posted!
UPDATE 4/4/2012: They ARE getting the iPhone! From their FB page:
Appalachian Wireless to Offer iPhone 4S on April 20
IVEL, Kentucky – April 4, 2012 – Appalachian Wireless today announced it will offer iPhone 4S to customers throughout its territory beginning Friday, April 20. iPhone 4S will be available starting at $149.99 for the 16GB model, $249.99 for the 32GB model and $349.99 for the 64GB model in Appalachian Wireless retail stores and online at www.appalachianwireless.com. Appalachian Wireless will also offer iPhone 4 for $49.99.
iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all-new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5.1, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.
“Appalachian Wireless is committed to providing our customers with excellent service and only the best products, so it is with pride that we announce the offering of iPhone 4S to our customers,” said Gerald Robinette, CEO. “iPhone 4S is a proven leader in the industry and offers a wide array of features like the Retina display our customers will love. With our strong 3G data system and iPhone 4S, our customers will truly get the best in wireless.”
Appalachian Wireless stores will open at 9:00 AM on Friday, April 20 to commemorate the launch of iPhone 4S.
Full pricing and details for iPhone in the US:
Plan Plan 1 Plan 2 Plan 3 Plan 4
Monthly Fee $69.98 $89.98 $94.98 $99.99
Voice (minutes) 450 – Anytime Unlimited – Nights and Weekends 800 – Anytime Unlimited – Nights and Weekends 1200 – Anytime Unlimited – Nights and Weekends Unlimited
SMS None None None Unlimited
Data (MB) 5,120 5,120 5,120 5,120
iPhone 4S 16GB $149.99 $149.99 $149.99 $149.99
iPhone 4S 32GB $249.99 $249.99 $249.99 $249.99
iPhone 4S 64GB $349.99 $349.99 $349.99 $349.99
iPhone 4 8GB $49.99 $49.99 $49.99 $49.99
Note: 24 month contract required.
For more information on iPhone 4S, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone