Sprint iPad Ready ‘Before Holidays’ [Rumor]

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Apple and carrier Sprint have finished preparations for offering the iPad ‘before the holidays,’ according to a report citing unnamed sources. The iPad will follow an Oct. 7 launch of the iPhone 5, according to the Wednesday report.


The Sprint iPad will use CDMA, like Verizon. The Apple tablet is also available from Verizon, which employs GSM.

Although the new report doesn’t go into details, a similar report from yesterday suggests that when the iPad 2 comes to Sprint, it will boast WiMax speeds, making it the first 4G capable iPad on any network.

The same 9to5Mac report claims the iPhone 5 will go on sale Oct. 7. However, we reported Sprint will use that day to begin selling the iPhone 4, the currently-available handset from Apple.

Be it the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4, earlier this month, a leaked memo to Sprint employees warned of a “major phone announcement” sometime in the first half of October, suggesting something is afoot. If Apple does add Sprint, it will bring to three the number of U.S. carriers offering the iPhone. Additionally, if AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile USA clears government objections, the tech giant’s iconic smartphone will be available in all major American wireless carriers.