C Spire Wireless, a privately held regional U.S. mobile phone network operator, will become the fourth U.S. operator to sell the Apple Inc
C Spire, which recently changed its name from Cellular South, has about a million customers in four states, making it more than 33 times smaller than No. 4 U.S. operator T-Mobile USA, which has 33.6 million customers.
Mississippi-based C Spire said the device would be for bill-paying subscribers rather than pay-as-you-go customers, but declined to give further details about its deal with Apple.
T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom
No. 3 U.S. mobile provider Sprint Nextel
T-Mobile USA is fighting in court for regulatory approval to be bought by AT&T in a $39 billion deal that U.S. regulators have sought to block.
(Reporting by Sinead Carew)