Mobile Carriers Begin Sales of iPad Mini, Sell Out Quickly

iPad MiniMobile carriers around the country began selling Apple’s iPad Mini today with prices starting at $459 for the 16GB version and up to $659 for the 64GB version. The iPad Mini, which comes with both WiFi and 4G LTE,┬ábecomes only the second mobile device from Apple to offer the lightning fast connectivity option.

In a recent press release, AT&T Mobility President Glenn Lurie stated, “Our customers are increasingly connecting their devices to the mobile internet and our new Mobile Share plans allow them to add a tablet for just $10 a month. We’re thrilled to offer iPad Mini to our customers on the nation’s largest 4G network.”

AT&T also announced a program last week offering $100 off any tablet with a two-year data agreement. This offer is hoped to help make up the difference between the WiFi and cellular models, which are cheaper by $130. WiFi-only versions at AT&T stores in Nashville were already out of stock due to pre-orders.

Sprint’s online store indicates that there is a $36 activation fee for those who order a new line of service online, but even Sprint was sold out. The carrier’s online store listed availability of all models as unavailable online and listed them in limited supply in-store.

Customers who pre-ordered their iPad Mini from Apple directly started receiving their devices yesterday. This is less than a week after the company sent out messages indicating that devices would arrive within five business days. If you want to get an iPad Mini from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or another carrier then you may be out of luck for the time being.

Personally, I’m not too thrilled about the iPad Mini. I don’t really see much point and I find it to only be a ploy by Apple to bring customers away from things like the Kindle Fire and other small tablets by slapping an Apple name on a smaller device.

Source: Examiner.com – iPad mini sales begin at mobile carriers

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