Sprint is offering Android tablet, iPad mini iPad 4 deals for new tablet customers, cutting $100 off the price of any 4G LTE tablet with a new 2-year contract.
This is the first iPad 4 deal we’ve seen for the tablet with 4G LTE on Sprint, and the first iPad mini deal on the carrier. The deal also extends to Android tablets like Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The deal is only valid with the purchase of a new smartphone.
Sprint’s Tablet plans start at $10 a month, essentially offering almost a free year of service with the deal, though it does lock users into a contract for two years. This is similar to the AT&T tablet sale that offers $100 off the iPad 4, iPad mini and other Android tablets with a 2 year contract. AT&T does not require a smartphone purchase as part of its deal. The deals at Sprint and AT&T run through January 10th.
The iPad 4 and iPad mini are the best value for Sprint users looking to pick up a tablet on their growing 4G LTE network. The deal isn’t a great option for users that don’t plan to use the 4G LTE connectivity, and Sprint’s tablet plans aren’t as nice as being able to share a pool of data for $10 a month on Verizon or AT&T.
Sprint only includes a paltry 100 MB of data with the $10 a month plan. The $15 a month plan is better at 1GB, but all of Sprint’s plans are a far cry from their unlimited plans for phones.
The iPad 4, is the latest iPad, officially known as the iPad with Retina Display or iPad 4th generation. This tablet is available starting at $529 for the 16GB version after the instant $100 discount. The 32GB iPad 4 is $629 and the 64GB version is $729, all $100 off retail.
The iPad mini is available for $359 for the 16GB version, $559 for the 32GB version and $659 for the 64GB version.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is $449 after the $100 instant savings.
Verizon no longer offers tablets with a contract, but the carrier recently introduced a payment plan for the tablets. The plan is available on any tablet priced over $349.99, so customers can split up the cost of the iPad 4 or iPad mini with 4G LTE over the cost of 12 months. There is no contract with the plan, other than the one to pay for the tablet over 12 months. The plan is only available in store at Verizon Wireless corporate stores.