All three major mobile device service providers are going to be offering the iPad Mini leading up to the holiday season.
AT&T and Sprint put iPad Mini's on sale online and at their retail locations on November 16. Verizon says they will have the "Mini's" on sale in a few days.
Pad mini, a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad, features a stunning 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance* and an incredible 10-hours of battery life.** The fourth generation iPad features a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance. Both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6, the world's most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features.
"Our customers are increasingly connecting their devices to the mobile internet and our new Mobile Share plans allow them to add a tablet for just 10 dollars a month," said Glenn Lurie, president, Emerging Enterprises and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility. "We're thrilled to offer iPad mini to our customers on the nation's largest 4G network."
All three carriers are following Apple's suggested retail prices of $459 for the 16GB model, $559 for the 32GB and $659 for the 64GB. When it comes to data plans, there are some differences.
Sprint plans begin at $14.99 for 300MB of 3G/4G data—at the same price AT&T offers 250MB of data. Sprint also offers 3GB for $34.99—and here AT&T charges $30 for the same. For $50, Sprint, like Verizon Wireless, offers 6GB of data though AT&T offers 5GB.