US Cellular Said No to iPhone 4S and Giant Buckets of Money

Carriers have been falling all over themselves to get the iPhone on their network. T-Mobile is still bummed to be left out of the iPhone money train. Which makes the revelation that US Cellular passed on iPhone 4S all the more, uh, WTF.

US Cellular CEO Mary Dillon shared during a recent earnings call that Apple's "terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint." Apple's demands of iPhone carriers probably are a bit difficult to swallow. But there's a reason for this: the iPhone is a proven money-printing machine. If regional carrier C Spire can handle it, it seems like US Cellular should be able to as well.

Dillon did say that the company remains open to carrying the iPhone in the future, so US Cellular should keep the faith. Or just jump ship to a carrier that suits their hardware needs. You know, from a risk and profitability standpoint. [Fierce Wireless via 9to5 Mac]