November 16, 2012
Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the iPad with Retina display, and iPad mini are now available at many locations. Even at carrier locations where the stock has already been exhausted, there are still some deals if you are willing to wait, according to AppleInsider. Sprint is offering customers a $50 gift card when they get on the carrier’s reservation list. This money will be put towards the cost of the iOS device upon arrival. The nation’s third largest carrier is also waiving the activation fee for all 3G and 4G LTE tablets.
All LTE-equipped models of both the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad will be offered with month-to-month plans, meaning there will be no subsidy, however existing smartphone subscribers can add the tablet to their plan at a discounted rate of $10 for 100MB and $15 for 1GB. Regular monthly data plans range from $14.99 for 300MB of data and go up to $79.99 for 12GB.Meanwhile, AT&T is offering a $100 “promotional discount” for Apple’s new LTE-enabled iPads. To receive the discount, you must sign a two-year service agreement with the nation’s second largest carrier. Verizon, which has yet to make their iPad plans known, is also expected to have both tablets in stock at some locations. New iPad mini orders currently have a two-week shipping window on the Apple website for both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular models. Inventories are much better for the iPad with Retina display, as Wi-Fi only models ship the same day an order is made. Wi-Fi + Cellular models have a seven-day shipping window. Regardless of location, Wi-Fi + Cellular models are only available in limited quantities on launch day, so don't be surprised if your local stores are already sold out. Wi-Fi only versions of the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini launched on Nov. 2. Source: AppleInsider