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Will we see a Sprint or T-Mobile iPad tomorrow?

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Will we see a Sprint or T-Mobile iPad tomorrow?
Many people are eagerly waiting for tomorrow’s festivities to commence, but for some in the Sprint and T-Mobile camps, they’re probably wondering if the next-generation iPad will be coming to them. So far, AT&T and Verizon have been under the care of Apple with the iPad 2, and it’s more than likely they’ll still be there for this upcoming one. Taking into account that the competition has been fierce from all sides, particularly from the Android camp, it would undoubtedly benefit Apple in the long run by bringing its next-generation iPad to all four major domestic carriers.

As we’ve seen with the unveiling of the iPhone 4S not too long ago, Sprint managed to somehow land a deal with Apple to start selling its beloved smartphones, so it begs the question if they’ll be graced with the next iPad’s presence as well. Obviously, not everyone is out to pick up a cellular connected iPad, but there are always people that prefer an always-connected one to beat the hassle of finding a hotspot of some kind. Needless to say, there is some opportunity for Apple to bring the iPad to Sprint – especially when the Now Network currently commands the third spot and a sizable customer base. Peeking at Sprint’s currently existing tablet offerings, they do offer quite a few Android-based tablets, but the most respectable ones are simply Wi-Fi only enabled ones – such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola XOOM. Brining the next iPad would no doubt ensure success for Apple, as they can potentially steal away some customers.

On the flip side however, there’s T-Mobile, which is still in a lonely position as being the number four domestic carrier. Despite the collapse of the AT&T merger, the carrier is continuing to make strides on its own. Looking at T-Mobile’s existing tablets, the only ones up for purchase right now are the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, T-Mobile SpringBoard, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus – all of which are cellular enabled. Of course, there are people out there that have been able to use AT&T’s version of the iPad with T-Mobile's service, though, they’re mainly limited to EDGE speeds. Sure, it gets the job done, but it’s not pretty having to wait an extended time for something to load up. And again, it’s yet another ripe opportunity for Apple to jump on and take advantage of the minimal competition they would face.

Well folks, it would indeed be fantastic to see the iPad 3/HD coming to all four major wireless carriers, but that would require the iPad to work on various connections. With the iPad 2, we know there are two versions, one with HSPA for AT&T, while the other one sports EV-DO Rev.A connectivity for Verizon. Just for fun, if we were to actually see the next iPad for all four players, it also begs the question if we’ll see a “4G” one. Thankfully, we don’t need to wait much longer to find out the truth, but we bet that Sprint and T-Mobile customers are surely more curious about it all.

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posted on 06 Mar 2012, 10:58 6

1. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I see no reason why not to make the devices available to all carriers. It brings more profit right? Unless there's something I'm not seeing. :p

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:12 6

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


the carriers might not want it. there is alot of red tape that comes with offering an apple product.

im happy that t-mobile doesnt offer any apple products. it keeps their prices low.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:15 2

4. PAPINYC (Posts: 2289; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I thought it was 'Duct Tape'??

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:19 2

5. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


well ATT and Verizon have been raking sales due to Apple products.. you want quality products.. you gotta pay for them.. is that simple...

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:29 4

7. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


High price for quality products? Ever heard of Nokias?

Also, how come in a drop test I saw between Galaxy S2 and iPhone4S the iPhone4S was so messed up it looked like it was hammered. S2 suffered some damages too but for me it's still quite presentable. S2 is priced lower than the 4S. Google it. Not a Samsung fanboy here, just sharing a fact.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:09 1

12. bigdawg23 (Posts: 375; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Well they should have used my two Galaxy S2 Skyrocket. First one dropped from 1 ft up and shatter the screen with no case. Phone number dropped 3 foot in a Otter box and shatter. I have no moved to the iPhone with a Mophie Juice Pack. It has been dropped from 6 foot with no effect. No I am not a klutz, I have had idiots run into me knocking the phone out of my hand. F'en kids they days have no respect.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 13:31 1

17. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


if you are defying a quality product based on a drop you are a _____ the iphones are made from quality materials.. that brake but expensive and are defined as premiuym materials.. plastic.. is not one of them... sorry...

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 13:42 3

18. remixfa (Posts: 13913; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


since when is glass and aluminum foil considered premium gallito. that is a sad sad fanboy argument. ATT, Vzw, and sprints profit margins have all dropped since offering the iPhone and have offsetthe cost by charging the consumer in other ways.

stay away from T-Mobile, apple

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 14:45

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


ohhh and plastic is?... and hope Apple stays away from T-Mo.. that way it sinks faster...

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 14:06 1

19. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


@gallitoking
Wait.... you're number 5 post leads me to believe that what you're saying is that Apple = Quality. Not sure what you're definition of "premium materials" is but if you want my "premium quality" I'd ask you to look at the RAZR (which is also more affordable than the 4S).

And I'm not basing quality on a drop test. What I'm saying is the SGS2, despite it's lower price, is more durable than the iPhone4S. Hence for me, your High Quality = High Price argument is invalid.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 14:47

21. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


you are confusing quality with durable....

but yes the RAZR is made from quality durable materials... it is the exception..

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 15:02 1

22. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Ok I get your point. But in case of the iPhone4S, I'd rather use the term expensive or exquisite rather than premium. For me, it just doesn't exude that premium feel you'd get by holding a RAZR. The Galaxy Nexus exudes this, and also a lot of HTC devices.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 15:40

24. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


give time to hold all those phone and will say my verdict

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 15:44 1

25. remixfa (Posts: 13913; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its a phone.. if its not durable its not quality. If it can't stand up to life then its useless.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 16:16

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


right so a l the millions of iphone buyers. are wrong... right?. rumors are that even your Samsung GSIII may be made from more... quality materials.. other than .....plastic.. and then you will think different.. as always

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 18:46

28. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 56; Member since: 24 Jan 2011)


That doesn't even make sense... Are you saying that if a BMW was made of high quality crystal it would automatically be better vehicle than a Honda made of steel? At the first pot hole, the BMW would shatter.

So many people with shattered iPhones... So many people that replaced their shattered iPhones... Enough, that Apple has made $Billions from just replacements.

As long as iPhone people continue to believe anything Apple says, Apple will keep on using glass. But if people start getting mad at how fragile their iPhone is, Apple will turn to plastic, but call it "appstic" (so they claim they invented it).

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:29

8. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)


Wouldnt....ah.... necessarilly.... call....them.....quality.....

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:14 3

3. PAPINYC (Posts: 2289; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I would feel terribly bad for T-Mo' if they're left out (again)…

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:39

9. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


If Sprint and T-Mobile get it, actually even if just Sprint gets it, it won't be 4G. It would give Verizon and AT&T and unfair advantage for having LTE and Sprint will still not be ready till June or so.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 13:30

16. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Unfair advantage??? Sprint brought their "disadvantage" upon themselves.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 16:48

27. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


I want Sprint to succeed, mainly for reasons like net-neutrality, but yes. Every problem with Sprint was a result of poor decisions. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised to see a Sprint 3G/LTE iPad especially considering how expensive Apple is to Sprint right now. I keep expecting there to be more to the contract.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:54 1

10. hornetmx (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)


mmm, we seem to forget these companies are not about about feelings, but about making money. If Tmobile cant pay Apple, they will not get their products. It helps Apple keep their demand high. Plus Verizon didnt make money off selling the iphone. On the contrary, they took a big hit subsidizing it. Maybe in a couple of years they will, but they way i look at it, once you get in bed with Apple, they you HAVE to keep buying their products, at their prices or your customers will complain. Selling Apple is not as profitable as you may think. Ask Sprint.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 11:58

11. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


T-Mobile probably not. Sprint maybe. T-Mobile won't get it for a few reasons but one is the cost to have one on your network. It's been shown that an iOS device on your network can lower margins and T-Mobile lives off of it's low monthly premiums and services. Sprint already has the iPhone so I don't see why having this is a stretch although the iPhone hasn't exactly been working well on the SPrint Network. I think things are getting better but who knows.

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:15

13. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1006; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


Its a good idea, but Im not sure if the Sprint variant will be a profitable one. I like the T-mobile variant if they get it because of the HSPA+ sppeds that its been upgrading over the last year or 2. The problem with Sprint is that I sdont think that WiMax wiould be compatible with it and their LTE-service isnt offered to enough places to make a footprint

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:33

14. rhinoceros (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Companies might gain subscribers but their is a high price to pay for dealing with Apple... the longer T-Mobile stays away the happier I'll be... Iphone and Ipad as quality is a joke

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 12:56

15. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


Sprint will get it but not at launch. I think sprint will release it in summer or fall because of LTE. Similar to what they are doing with the Nexus

posted on 06 Mar 2012, 15:27

23. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I think Sprint dug themselves into a hole providing the iPhone. Apple makes carriers pay an extremely high price for each device. I don't think Sprint can afford to support the iPad. They have enough problems trying to get rid of all the extra iPhones they have laying around. Tmobile, on the other hand, is a budget carrier. If they have to pay ot the a$$ for an Apple product, then the customer is gonna have to pay out the a$$ as well. They can't afford to absorb the Apple tax just so their customers can have an iPad. Plus, most people don't get an iPad from a cell carrier; they go to Bestbuy ect...

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