Tiny US phone company says it’s getting iPhone

NEW YORK (AP) ? C Spire Wireless, the country’s eighth-largest phone company, says it will start selling the iPhone 4S in a few weeks.

Apple hasn’t confirmed the announcement, made early morning California time.

The iPhone is eagerly coveted by phone companies. Mississippi-based C Spire appears to be leapfrogging much larger carriers including T-Mobile USA and U.S. Cellular in getting the right to sell it.

Sprint Nextel Corp. began selling it last week. AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless have already been selling the iPhone when the new model came out.

C Spire was called Cellular South until a month ago. It has about 1 million subscribers.