U.S. Cellular on Friday announced it will offer Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to customers beginning on Nov. 8.
Apple’s iPhone, the best-selling smartphone in the U.S., may help the company compete with larger carriers. U.S. Cellular also is rolling out a speedier network based on long-term evolution, or LTE, technology. Still, the network expansion is increasing capital-spending costs and revenue will probably decline this year, according to analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg.
U.S. Cellular also agreed to sell operations in Chicago, St. Louis and other markets to Sprint Nextel Corp. in November, a move that will reap $480 million but decrease the size of its footprint.