Sprint racing to join iPad parade

March 12, 2012
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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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