Today, November 16, mobile carriers in the United States began selling the iPad mini Wi-Fi with cellular. Prices start at $459 for the 16 GB version and go up to $659 for the 64 GB model.
The iPad mini with Wi-Fi and cellular not only offers users connectivity on the mobile carrier of their choice, but also adds GPS to the device. The data connection on these devices is fairly fast as the iPad mini connects with the LTE networks where available.
In its press release, AT&T Mobility president, Emerging Enterprise Partnerships, Glenn Lurie, shared “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 dollars a month. We’re thrilled to offer iPad mini to our customers on the nation’s largest 4G network.”
Last week AT&T also announced a program offering $100 off any tablet with a two-year data agreement. This offer will help make up the difference between the Wi-Fi and cellular models, which are $130 cheaper. Checking in-store availability at AT&T Nashville area stores this afternoon turned up out of stock for all for all models.
The online Sprint store indicates that the $36 activation fee for those who order a new line of service online. Checking the site late in the day indicated that all models seemed to unavailable online and limited quantities in stores.
Customers who preordered the iPad mini directly from Apple started receiving their devices on Thursday. This is less than a week after Apple sent out messages indicating devices would arrive within five business days.
Since many of the local stores seem to be out of stock, you may need to call first or stop by early each morning if an iPad mini with Wi-Fi and cellular is in your near future.