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Alaska’s iPhone wars are heating up

Hoping to ride the iPhone wave, GCI announced Wednesday it will offer the iPhone 4S to customers across Alaska beginning Friday, April 4.

“We have invested over $2 billion to bring the latest communication technology to Alaska,” GCI president Ron Duncan said in a press release. “From Ketchikan to Kotzebue, our customers can now use iPhone on the largest and fastest network in the state."

The iPhone 4S costs $150 for the 16 gigabyte model up to $350 for the 64GB model with a two-year contract. Budget-minded customers can get an iPhone 3GS for free with the contract. Voice and data plans range from $59.98 to $250 a month.

Not to be outdone, Alaska Communications will start offering iPhone 4S, too, beginning April 20.

"We are delighted to offer Alaskans the best iPhone yet on Alaska’s smartest network," said Anand Vadapalli, Alaska Communications president and CEO.

Alaska Communications' prices also range from $150 to $350.