Sprint racing to join iPad parade

March 12, 2012

Reports are surfacing that Sprint, which only added the iPhone to its product line last fall, will soon add the iPad to its product line. A tipster sent Engadget a screenshot of a database listing from Best Buy that showed Apple’s new iPad available in a variety of purchase plans with high speed LTE connectivity. 

At its launch event in San Francisco, Apple announced the iPad would be available from  AT&T and Verizon. One point of distinction that has emerged between the two offerings is that Verizon is making the iPad availabe with the ability to create a hotspot that other devices can use for WiFi connectivity, but AT&T is not. 

It's not clear how soon an announcement about Sprint might be made. Given Apple wasn't willing to discuss Sprint at the launch event, an announcement could still be a number of weeks, if not months, away. 

Initial pre-orders for the iPad were set for a March 16, but that was already pushed back to March 19 as of last Friday. Apple released a statement that "customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased"  but hasn't released any sales figures. 



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