Best Buy database shows Sprint flavored Apple iPad

Best Buy database shows Sprint flavored Apple iPad
During Wednesday's introduction of the new iPad, Apple CEO Tim Cook displayed the first 4G LTE devices to be produced by Apple. Channeling his mentor (the late Steve Jobs) while on stage, Cook introduced LTE models for AT&T and Verizon. Well, there was one carrier offering LTE that Cook left out to no one's surprise, pre-paid carrier MetroPCS. But Apple did fail to mention the nation's third largest carrier, Sprint, which is expected to flip the switch on its own LTE network in the near future. Of course, the LightSquared failure means that Sprint will have to look elsewhere for its LTE pipeline, but the company still can turn to Clearwire to get its LTE network off the ground.

While Cook didn't mention Sprint on Wednesday, a leaked screenshot of Best Buy's internal inventory system shows that a variant of the third-generation Apple tablet for Sprint is going to be on hand at the big box retailer. When it will be offered by Best Buy is unknown at this point, but this is certainly good news for Sprint customers who have been looking on at their Verizon and AT&T neighbors with those green, envious eyes. Of course, nothing prevents Sprint customers from buying the Wi-Fi only variant, but if you want to be totally mobile with your new tablet, well, you are going to want LTE.

So Sprint customers, you can apparently relax, knowing that once Dan Hesse has figured out how to replace the LTE service that he was counting on LightSquared for, the new Apple iPad should be already collecting dust in Best Buy's warehouse just waiting to be shipped right to you.

source: Engadget

Leaked screenshot of Best Buy's inventory system points to a Sprint branded variant of the new Apple iPad
Leaked screenshot of Best Buy's inventory system points to a Sprint branded variant of the new Apple iPad

Leaked screenshot of Best Buy's inventory system points to a Sprint branded variant of the new Apple iPad


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5 Comments

1. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Wouldn't be surprised if they were 3G models.

5. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

I'd be. Since Samsung released a phone using Sprint's LTE, I am guessing Apple and everyone else will release their products with an LTE antenna as well.

2. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Mmmmm Sprint has powered the Ipad for quite some time. But Sprint will not offer the Ipad on a 2 year contract.

3. BuckeyeCadet86

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Nobody offers the iPad on a 2-year contract, Apple doesn't let them. Sprint hasn't "powered" the iPad at all. Sprint sells the wifi-enabled iPad paired with a mobile hotspot if you want internet connectivity. Good for them if they are getting a 3G/4G version, but it probably won't launch until they actually have LTE, Apple doesn't like Wi-Max

4. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

All right lets go your way. who says that "Apple doesnt let them"??? Apple will let them but what will be the cost of the contract ???. Mmmmmm let me think. Yes and the answer will be "Skyrocket". Thats why nobody offer them. Plus it makes more business sense to sell them the way they had since Apple could suck all that money.

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