GCI second Alaska carrier with new iPhone

GCI began offering the iPhone 5 Sept. 28, as part of the regional carrier launch nationwide.

GCI is the second Alaska carrier with Apple’s new phone. AT&T received it on the first day of sales, Sept. 21.

“We’re proud to continue to provide the best mobile experience with iPhone 5 to

Alaskans," said Senior Vice President of Consumer Services and General Manager Paul Landes. "We have the largest wireless network in the state, connecting Alaskans from Ketchikan to Barrow and Dutch Harbor to Tok."

The phones will access GCI’s 3G and 4G networks, according to the company’s announcement. High Speed Packet Access +, or HSPA+, is GCI’s version of 4G. That’s the same network AT&T offers in much of the state, although it recently launched a 4G LTE network in Anchorage and the Mat-Su valley.

GCI is selling the phones for between $149 and $349, depending on the model, with a two-year contract and data plan. According to the announcement, the company offers four different smartphone plans, each with 3 gigabytes of data. Prior versions of the iPhone are also onsale.


-Molly Dischner

11/11/2016 - 1:34pm