Yesterday, Apple unveiled the newest version of the iPad and iPad mini. The larger sized tablet is now so much smaller and lighter than its predecessor that the company had to give it a new name, iPad Air. The 7.9-inch iPad mini has finally been given a Retina display screen. Both new models will be available from a variety of carriers starting Friday, Nov. 1. We’ve got some information to help you decide what plan you’d like to go with.
The company that was the first to carry the iPhone exclusively will be selling the iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular starting Nov. 1 and the iPad mini with Retina Wi-Fi + Cellular later in November. Data plans for the Apple tablets include AT&T Mobile Share. You’ll be able to add additional tablets to your plan for $10 per month on top of the base plan price. They will also offer pay-per-use plans ranging from 250 MB for $5 per day, up to 5GB for $50 per month.
T-Mobile is new to the iPad market. The company will begin selling the iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular on Nov. 1 and the iPad mini with Retina Wi-Fi + Cellular later in November. Official information about data plans have not yet been released. However, T-Mobile will be holding a “market changing” first ever press conference on Twitter. The company’s CEO John Legere and CMO Mike Sievert will answer questions about the data plans today. The press conference will also be streamed from T-Mobile’s website.
Sprint will begin selling the iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular on Nov. 1 and the iPad mini with Retina Wi-Fi + Cellular later in November. The company offers a wide variety of tablet plans ranging from $5 per month for 25MB to $79 per month for 12GB. If you purchase a first-generation iPad mini or iPad with Retina display with a two-year “agreement” you can get $100 off your purchase of the tablet. It is not known at this time weather Sprint will offer the same discount on the iPad Air or second-generation iPad mini.
We reached out to Verizon to find out what their plans are for selling the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, but they did not return our email request for information. However, the company does offer a similar discount on the iPad with Retina and first-generation iPad mini with a two-year agreement as Sprint and offers prepaid plans that range from 1GB per month for $20 up to 10 GB per month for $80. You can also add tablets to the Share Everything plan for an additional $10 per month on top of the base price of the plan.