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, becomes 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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