Earlier today it came out that the iPad 3 will likely be announced on March 7th, but it was still unclear if the upgraded tablet would ship with LTE support.
According to new information released by the Wall Street Journal this evening, the iPad 3 will indeed offer LTE speeds, with AT&T and Verizon both releasing the new tablet with 4G LTE support.
The WSJ was unable to ascertain whether Sprint and T-Mobile will be selling the iPad, though currently, only AT&T and Verizon have LTE networks.
Verizon has had a 4G network for quite some time, that 200 million customers have access to. AT&T’s 4G network is still in the works, only covering 74 million customers at this time.
When LTE access is not available, the iPad will use 3G as a backup. With lightning fast 4G speeds, you’ll be able to stream high-quality video, music, and access Google Maps and GPS with no problems at all, as long as you’re willing to invest in the iPad data plan.
Will the inclusion of LTE have any impact on your choice between a WiFi iPad 3 and one that supports a data plan? I’m tempted to pay the extra monthly fee, especially since AT&T recently implemented 4G LTE in my area.