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Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are all advertising the new iPad and iPad mini with LTE for sale starting Friday, but it appears the quantities they have on hand may be limited for now. Some are selling them online only, others in stores only.

Sprint iPad mini

Interested in an iPad mini, but holding out for one with cellular connectivity? Your first chance to get one begins today. On Friday, three carriers in the U.S. began advertising the availability of the iPad mini and new iPad with LTE service, though it might be hit and miss trying to find one depending on where you decide to shop.

Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are all advertising the new devices’ availability, but it appears the quantities they have on hand may be limited for now. Sprint’s website says the iPad mini can be bought in its retail stores, but not online. Verizon and AT&T are selling both tablets with LTE on their websites, but as of Friday morning, AT&T shows them out of stock at their retail stores and Verizon appears to be selling them online only.

Apple is also selling the devices with cellular service in its its stores and online, though they’re still in short supply — its website says iPad mini  with Wi-Fi + Cellular shipping takes two weeks. The fourth-generation iPad with Wi-FI + Cellular ships in one week.

Apple Store shows the LTE iPad mini backordered for two weeks.

  1. I just bought an iPad with Verizon LTE from an Apple Store yesterday. I’m using it right now to read this article and add this comment. I previously had an iPad 3 and was hesitant to upgrade, but I am VERY impressed with the improved WI-FI of the iPad 4 (channel bonding is seemingly working when connected to my 5GHz 892.11N network), and overall speed improvement (Safari renders faster and the UI experience is snappier – definite improvements over the iPad 3 which I was using up until yesterday).

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  2. Erica and Om – one little gripe – why can’t I use Safari’s Reader feature (via iPad 4 let alone previous generations of iPad and iPhone) when reading GigaOm web pages? It’s not as if you’re free web pages have numerous advertisements on them.

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  3. I am planning to buy one from the US, living in Sweden going over for a few days business trip. Will i be able to use it back home then again? all of them are connected to a network carrier, I want to use a Swedish carrier of course…

    thanks, Martin

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