Apple announced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus yesterday with pre-orders for the new phones on the four major carriers kicking off on September 12th and both new iPhones launching on September 19th. Apple, however, does not directly share availability for its new iPhones on regional carriers.
We’ve reached out to the more than two dozen regional and prepaid carriers that supported the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, though, and put together a comprehensive list of when each carrier plans to release the new iPhone 6 models. US Cellular and C Spire, the fifth and sixth largest wireless carriers in the United States after the big four national carriers, have both announced plans to carry the new iPhone 6 models on launch day next Friday, and more than a half dozen regional carriers have already announced availability starting September 26th. One week after the initial iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release on September 19th, several regional carriers around the United States will begin to carry the new iPhone models. Some carriers have even began taking sign-ups for the new devices or will offer pre-ordering beginning September 19th.
The list of regional carriers that confirmed iPhone 6 availability starting September 26th include Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom, Nex-Tech Wireless, Silver State Communications, Strata (customers can pre-register by emailing email@example.com), and Syringa Wireless (which will begin taking pre-ordres on September 19th).
Other regional carriers have not committed to the popular September 26th launch date yet, but have shared that they plan to announce availability soon. This list includes Carolina West Wireless, Chariton, Consumer Cellular, Illinois Valley Cellular, Thumb Cellular, and Union Wireless.
Additionally, regional carriers GCI and nTelos have not announced availability yet but have begun taking sign-ups for being notified. Finally, Alltel, which is owned by AT&T (yes, it’s still a carrier), is informing customers that it will not carry the iPhone 6 models after carrying the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last year. The carrier is instead transitioning customers to AT&T on a market-by-market basis.
Stay tuned, of course, as we’ll keep you posted as more regional and prepaid carriers announce iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus availability.
Updated to include Alaska Communications, Consumer Cellular, and Union Wireless.