T-Mobile iPad in October?

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  1. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    With rumors of SprintPad, I think it is a very good chance of a T-Pad.

    At the very least EDGE (GSM) supported, but official nonetheless.

    And if T-Mobile is supported in US, will Apple officially support iPad 1 on T-M using the AT&T Pad?

    Thoughts?
     
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    If the next iPhone will support T-Mobile band I'm sure the iPad eventually will no doubt about it.
     
  3. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    Apple will not announce EDGE-only iPad support. Ridiculous to even suggest it.
     
  4. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

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    Don't t-mobile run on the same band as AT&T in the US? Over here our 3G iPads are essentially identical to the AT&T model which works on t-mobile (mine has a t-mobile sim active inside of it)
     
  5. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    Nope. Different bands in the US.
     
  6. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Could you give reasons why not?
    Don't have time to read up about the reasons about EDGE and GSM, but the fact they use SIM cards makes for a relatively easy support.

    Again, the point I make is prior iPad models do not officially support T-Mobile, but when T-M is supported why not allow retroactive support?
     
  7. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    Where's the advantage? Verizon was aggressively attacking AT&T on coverage; giving people the option to go with one over the other created a marketing opportunity. T-Mobile's marketing advantage is 4G and pricing. Giving people neither does not create any opportunity. To do it just to say "we're on T-Mobile, too" and offering Edge-only is silly and pointless. They could do a multi-band GSM but why now? Perhaps when the iPad is updated, but for now it's a pointless move.
     
  8. PracticalMac thread starter macrumors 68030

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    T-Mobile historically is the least expensive of the big 4 carriers (okok, 3 big 1 small), maybe they can do same with iPad 1 data plan (that is if the economics to do so work for T-M).
    Also, their may be users who would prefer to use T-M despite reduced data rate.

    Point is, what I am getting at is Apple granting license for iPad owners to use T-M (and I know you will say Apple will not becuase they do not want to set up a situation of low bandwidth giving poor impression of iPad).


    More interesting is if Sprint gets an iPad, that suggests their is an interim update to iPad 2 (how much is update I do not know).
     
  9. poloponies macrumors 68030

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    Pricing could be a draw if the user experience wasn't diminished, but it's not a phone. There's no contract, there's no huge advantage on price. What are they going to do, $30 for unlimited data on Edge? That's like saying "we're having an all-you-can-eat special on 2-week-old sushi."
     

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