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4G LTE connectivity blesses the new iPad, Sprint and T-Mobile are still excluded

4G LTE connectivity blesses the new iPad, Sprint and T-Mobile are still excluded
Well, well, it doesn’t shock us to find both AT&T and Verizon once again being included with the new iPad, especially when they were in it with the iPad 2 to begin with. This time however, they’ve been given the good ole’ update in form of 4G LTE connected iPads, which should no doubt satisfy the ever-vociferous appetite of consumers. Sadly, Sprint and T-Mobile customers are faced with the reality that they’ve been excluded once again.

At Apple’s press event today for the unveiling of the new iPad, it was announced that the new iPad is going 4G LTE to meet up with the demanding times. No doubt that it’ll ring in some great news for those consumers that are particularly adamant about speedy data speeds, but for the rest of us that have no desire to be connected all the time, the Wi-Fi version is undoubtedly the other solution. Specifically, the latest iPad will offer 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at an amazing 42Mbps, and beyond that even, LTE will be blistering at the rate of 73Mbps. As for the lucky ones in North America fortunate enough to get in with an LTE equipped iPad, the listing currently includes AT&T, Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Verizon.

Needless to say, that’s all fine and dandy for those customers who happen to have active accounts with the aforementioned carriers, but for those in the Sprint and T-Mobile camps, they’ll be contemplating long and hard on whether to bail and essentially side with the competition to experience faster data speeds. Of course, we’re certain that Sprint and T-Mobile will be diverting some of its advertising to lure in customers by justifying the advantageous benefits of its line of “4G” enabled Mi-Fi devices, which we’ve seen in the past already.

Still, we’re going to wait yet another year before the possibility of seeing the iPad becoming a reality with either Sprint or T-Mobile. So would you make a switch to simply experience 4G LTE goodness?

source: Apple via Engadget

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posted on 07 Mar 2012, 14:05 1

1. johnny9000 (Posts: 50; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

This article is confusing, if your cell phone carrier is Tmobile or Sprint, in what way are you "jumping ship" to buy a LTE ipad? People with zero service with Verizon and AT&T can still buy an ipad 2 and buy the data in a prepaid fashion, and this ipad will mostly likely be no different. What sense would a LTE ipad for Sprint or Tmobile make anyway? "Ohh, I got a Sprint ipad with LTE, so I can have LTE...NO WHERE!!" The obvious choice if you buy an LTE ipad is get the Verizon version so you can get LTE speeds in 100+ markets, today.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 14:10 2

2. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

like i said.. no LTE no future. Sprint is late but wil be rewarded next year. T-Mo.. nice knowing you

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 14:39 3

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

im not sure how you forgot about this, considering you made the first comment...


posted on 07 Mar 2012, 17:26

9. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

true had forgat about it.. thanks...

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 19:27 1

12. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

also don't forget that the UK hasn't even begun to offer LTE and wont until 2013 so they are further behind than anybody. They haven't even had the spectrum auctions for their LTE network yet. T-Mobile USA will have their LTE Advanced up and running before T-Mobile UK.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 15:32 3

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

don't talk like Apple isn't terribly late to the game but it is nice that they've finally made the step up.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 14:29 1

3. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I want to know on what network and in what time frame that 73 Mbps is coming... Highest I'd heard was 60 for AT&T LTE on a good day in a low-consumption area, with average speeds in the 40s

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 17:05

8. alpinestars (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)

GigaOM had an article. I tried posting a link but phonearena keeps breaking it somehow.

"Under the technical specs for the LTE standard, a radio using 2×2 MIMO and 10 MHz of spectrum will max out at 73 Mbps, though, just as with other theoretical peak speeds, don’t expect your phone to actually get anywhere near that ceiling..."

"...Verizon and AT&T are both deploying their LTE networks in 10 by 10 MHz of spectrum, and they will each have two antennas inside the device sending signals to the base station..."

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 18:03

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

you cant put the carrots or arrows or whatever you call them in the text box otherwise everything after gets cut. just paste the url.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 15:25

6. astro123 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

iPad might still be compatible on T-Mobile's 3G network since the iPad supports 12 different bands as mentioned on Apple.com

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 19:26

11. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

You do know that once T-Mobile is finished refarming its HSPA+ onto PCS bands, you'll be able to use HSPA+ speeds on T-Mobile with the iPad 3, majority should be farmed over by 3rd quarter 2012. So yes, you are correct.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 21:43

13. gaby1451 (Posts: 114; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


What is DC-HSDPA and how does it differ from HSDPA?

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