Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL stock news items for Wednesday:
Regional iPhone Carrier Offers Unlimited Data Plans: Mississippi telecom C Spire can’t even compete with fourth-place national telecom T-Mobile in terms of subscribers. The regional provider has fewer than 1 million subscribers, while T-Mobile has 33.5 million. So what does C Spire have that T-Mobile doesn’t? The Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone. The company revealed on Oct. 19 that it was the fourth telecom to officially support Apple’s device in the U.S. Now a Wednesday report at All Things Digital says C Spire subscribers are getting an even better deal. The company will offer unlimited data plans to its iPhone users as of Nov. 11. The only other iPhone carrier to offer unlimited data plans is Sprint (NYSE:S), meaning that, at least in C Spire’s coverage area, the company could woo customers away from industry leaders Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T).
iPhone 4S Users Reporting Battery Life Problems: Apple’s latest iPhone is flying off shelves. Since its release on Oct. 14, the iPhone 4S has avoided the controversy that plagued its predecessor, the iPhone 4. What would an Apple product launch be without a few sour grapes, though? A Tuesday report originating at The New York Times said that more and more iPhone 4S owners are taking to the Internet to complain about the device’s poor battery life. Users are reporting that the battery drains quickly even when the phone isn’t in use and even when power-intensive features like video playback have been deactivated. Apple has yet to comment on the issue.
Angry Birds Hits 500 Million Downloads: Angry Birds, Rovio’s video game and brand that has become the face of the smartphone boom during the past two years, has now been downloaded 500 million times. This includes all versions of the game, including the original iconic iPhone version, the free-to-download, advertising-supported Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android version, and special editions like Angry Birds Rio. Rovio is projecting that its expansion into China in 2012, with the opening of retail stores, will yield approximately $100 million in new revenue in the first year. While it has moved far beyond Apple’s device, it was the iPhone that gave Angry Birds its start in the far-gone days of 2009.