Now that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trumpeting that it sold a record 9 million units of the iPhone 5s and lower-priced iPhone 5c during the new models' debut weekend, smaller carriers seem to have been given the green light to announce their own plans to sell the new gadgets. Wisconsin-based Cellcom announced it will start offering both models on Oct. 1, though it did not provide pricing. C Spire Wireless made a similar announcement, and it also did not provide pricing. In the past, regional carriers have gotten access to new iPhones but only months after they went on sale at Tier 1 carriers.
However, some major regional carriers are staying silent on the topic. Leap Wireless' (NASDAQ:LEAP) Cricket, which sells last year's iPhone models (and is in the process of being acquired by AT&T Mobility), did not announce plans to sell the newer iPhones. U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) also hasn't announced iPhone sales plans, though in May the carrier did say that it would launch Apple products sometime this year. Representatives for Leap and U.S. Cellular did not immediately respond to requests for comment.