Apple iPad Air and iPad mini 2 with Retina support more LTE bands than any mobile device

Apple iPad Air and iPad mini 2 with Retina support more LTE bands than any mobile device
Move over, iPhone 5s and 5c, the new iPads just one-upped you in global LTE bands support. Apple's new iPhones can be run on up to 13 different LTE bands, depending on the version, but the new iPads take it up a notch, and support no less than 14 bands.

That's the most out of any mobile device, and, depending on which version of the iPad Air or iPad mini 2 with cellular connectivity you get, you will be able to hook them up to most LTE carrier networks worldwide with a single device, which has been a dream come true for a while now. The biggest winner is T-Mobile, whose 4G offering is now supported, which can't be said for Sprint's Time-Division LTE peculiarity, Japan's SoftBank, China Mobile and a few other carriers in Asia and the Middle East for now, so 4G connection on those may be spotty, depending on what tower equipment you are in the vicinity of.

Of course, Apple is cautioning that it depends on individual carrier settings, saying that "iPad models are unlocked and may support LTE networks outside the country of purchase when using a valid SIM from a supported carrier. Contact your carrier for more details," but if the experience with the new iPhones is any indication, most of the times you can just pop a local LTE SIM card if you've bought your device without a contract, and enjoy the blazing download speeds that the local carrier in question offers you.

source: Apple

Related phones

iPad Air
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh
iPad mini 2
  • Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 6471 mAh



1. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

k. lets move on to nokia news

5. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Agreed, as anyone who truly appreciates tech value should be looking to Nokia's Lumia 2520. The Lumia 2520 offers a Full HD display that's easily readable outside, 32gb of storage, 2 gb of RAM, USB and microSDXC expansion slots, industry standard Microsoft Office, durable/thing/lightweight unibody construction in a series of colors/textures, and LTE built-in ALL for US 499.00. Whereas a similarly optioned iPad 'Air' would cost US 729.00 and iPad Mini 2 would cost 629.00, yet STILL wouldn't include MS Office, 2gb RAM, or any semblance of USB or microSDXC expansion slots. These 'iterative' updates to Apple's iPads are nice enough, but hardly represent anything groundbreaking (in hardware, software or pricing) that justifies their exorbitant pricing, and Apple's insistance on charging US 100 to go from 16gb to 32gb of storage, and US 129.00 just to add LTE is utterly ridiculous... Especially when compared to devices as full-featured as Nokia's 2520.

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

2600 LTE band?

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile let's you use the iPad anywhere now. :)

4. richardraji

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

yea i need some nokia news

6. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I can't wait for cell phones to be like this.

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