iPhone 5 release in US regional carriers coming at $50 discount

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Regional carriers Appalachian Wireless, C Spire, Cellcom, Cricket (formerly Leap), GCI and nTelos are selling the iPhone 5 for a discount over what top carriers are charging, PC Magazine reports.

Offering a $50 discount for the normal retail price, Cellcom, nTelos and Appalachian have priced the handset at $149 for the 16GB version, $249 for the 32GB model and $349 for the 64GB model.

“We’ve seen the anticipation for iPhone 5 grow and are excited to soon offer our customers this fantastic phone on our network,” Cellcom CEO Pat Riordan said in a statement.

nTelos Wireless President Jim Hyde announced that “Now customers can couple the world’s most iconic device with our industry-leading, nationwide unlimited smartphone plans.”

The site also writes that many regional carriers will sell the iPhone 4S for $49.99.