The new iPad may be coming to Sprint, so if you’ve been on Sprint and have been wanting the device since it was unveiled on Wednesday, I hope you haven’t already voided your contract.
Engadget, citing an anonymous source, is showing what is reportedly a look at Best Buy’s inventory database, which shows: “Sprint iPad New” a whole bunch of times.
It certainly make sense for Sprint to get the device, given its big LTE plans and the device’s LTE capabilities. Sprint’s LTE network isn’t expected until the summer though, so perhaps waiting is a smart move.
Mashable’s Peter Pachal speculated a couple days ago that Sprint’s absence from the iPad launch could also be related to Sprint users already experiencing connectivity issues with their iPhones, noting that Sprint still offers unlimited data plans. I wonder if that will end soon.
“You use your iPad a lot, so you want it with you wherever you go,” Apple says. “The new iPad offers the most comprehensive support for networks around the world. It’s designed with cellular antennas that access a larger frequency spectrum. That means you can get online almost anywhere you are — whether you’re on AT&T or Verizon. You can even pop in a local SIM card to get a connection when you’re traveling.”
“The new iPad supports fast cellular networks the world over — up to 4G LTE.2 So you can browse the web, stream content, or download a movie at blazing-fast speeds,” the company says. “It also works on GSM/UMTS worldwide network technologies including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA — the fastest 3G networks out there. You’ll see downlink speeds up to 42 Mbps with DC-HSDPA and up to 21.1 Mbps with HSPA+.”