On any given day (or hour), you can venture over to the US Cellular Facebook page and be amused by the dozens of posts asking when USCC will be getting the iPhone, and the anger and hate directed toward those questions by a handful of people. As has been well documented, US Cellular turned down Apple's offer back in 2011, and in hindsight it probably was a good business decision for USCC at the time.
But today, Fierce Wireless is reporting that Cricket provider Leap Wireless will be offering the iPhone as a prepaid option. Leap will begin selling the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 on June 22. The 4S will sell for $499.99 for the 16gb model, and the iPhone 4 will be available in an 8gb model for $399.99. Where things get interesting is in the plan details: $55 a month for unlimited talk, text, and data plan, with data throttling after 2.3gb of data used. (although the article does mention that the plans will be refreshed in the second half of the year - probably meaning the monthly cost will go up)
Could this be a possibility for US Cellular, to carry the iPhone as a prepaid option? From US Cellular's financial standpoint, it doesn't make sense to carry it as a postpaid option. However, as you will find here and on USCC's Facebook page,
"Customers want it" (the iPhone)
...to quote Leap spokesman Greg Lund. Even if you hate Apple, even if you hate the iPhone, you have to admit that this could be a feasible possibility for US Cellular to meet customer demand, avoid churn due to not offering it, and avoid the host of financial problems that could result from selling it postpaid.
Obviously this is all speculation; the article said that "US Cellular has said it was given the chance to sell the iPhone but chose not to offer it because it would not work financially." The article did not specify if that was refering to the previously mentioned postpaid offer, or if it was chance to offer it prepaid.
We will see. It might not ever happen, but then again, you never know. At least there is a glimmer of hope for people who would like the iPhone.