T-Mobile CEO Suggests Carrier Will Carry iPads After Apple’s October 22nd Special Event

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 8.21.38 PMT-Mobile CEO John Legere has before hinted that more Apple products would come to the UnCarrier and a tweet this afternoon all but confirms that notion. In a brief tweet sent earlier this afternoon, Legere asked “What has two thumbs and is excited for October 22nd? #thisguy.” Legere’s tweet linked to a USA Today story on Apple’s October 22nd event which is expected to revolve around new iPad hardware and Mac software.

As it stands today, T-Mobile is the lone national carrier that doesn’t offer LTE iPads with models available on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. Customers can use a T-Mobile SIM card on any unlocked AT&T model but without official carrier support. Any announcement between Apple and T-Mobile would allow customers to buy iPads preloaded with T-Mobile SIM cards and support for the carriers LTE network.

Apple is expected to introduce the iPad 5 and an iPad mini successor with a retina display. Other rumors include a new gold color ala the iPhone 5s along with the TouchID fingerprint sensor.


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  • John

    Awesome, I would love to get a T-Mobile iPad

  • Binny Gupta

    tmobile is revin shit up.

  • Conrad Curtis

    This might mean althe firat ipad in my house. Never know.

  • djsmith29

    I’ll stick with my Verizon LTE iPad as T-Mobile doesn’t even have 2g at my home. I think Verizon has better data prices on plan.

    • Sucks to be you, I have full T-Mobile LTE everywhere I go. It’s been so long since I’ve been on EDGE, I don’t even remember what the icon looks like. ; )

      • bleeew

        It looks like an “E” in the top corner of an iDevice.

    • Morton H

      Thas right I have full lte speeds on tmob where I go as well and blazing faster than Verizon lte

    • MacRat

      I’m enjoying 41/19Mbs LTE speeds in my area on T-Mobile.

      • djsmith29

        Try getting that in rural areas with T-Mobile, not a chance

        • jarrod

          Try getting that where I mainly use my phone and iPad around Houston.

        • vrm

          why ? just because you say so ? where’s the fun in that ?

    • Adrayven

      I have a Verizon LTE iPad Mini.. I agree, sadly. We’ve some LTE here, but it can quickly goto HSPA down to Edge with my T-Mobile phone.. I need my tablet to have access, I use it as my hotspot.

    • jarrod

      Better prices? The first moth for 2.5Gb is going to cost me around $12, and once the normal billing kicks in next months its only going to be $16. Though I have a government 15% discount on my bill, still its only $20 normally.

    • Paul

      Cool story, bro. So why are you posting on a T-Mobile forum? I mean, you have Verizon and are obviously happy. Not sure WHY you would TROLL in here?

  • jarrod

    Hey david, the iPads don’t have the LTE restriction like the iPhone did before it got a carrier file. Im able to use LTE on the 4th gen. iPad, when I’m on HSPA it just says 3G instead of 4G like on my phone.

  • King Jay

    Oh ipads now, but still no 6 inch phones.

    • Paul

      The HTC One MAx might be coming to Magenta, haven’t really done that much research into it. I’m happy with my Note 2.

    • D_Wall__

      Is the note 3 not big enough? I only ask cause it was the route i was considering until i played with one. The note 3 is pretty big.

  • Paul

    I’m not a fan of iDevices, and I’ve stated that many a time in this forum. I am glad to see Magenta getting the iPad made for us. I don’t like that we had to play catch-up with the iPhone and now the iPad, but I think the high gear moves as of late have shadowed that.

    I know a lot of people will purchase an iPad and it will benefit Magenta, so I’m all for it.

    • Wyn6

      Same here as I have two Surfaces at home, one Pro and one RT. But, since I manage a Tmo store and am game for anything that brings in sales, bring on the iPads.

      • JB

        How are the surfaces? I’ve been tempted to pull the trigger on getting one, but all I’ve heard are very mixed views on them…

        • Paul

          I heard to go with the Pro, and that the RT wasn’t really worth the price.

        • HeatFan441

          Take it from a person RT user. I returned it for an iPad 4. I sold the iPad 4 to my friend and downgraded to the Nexus 7 to pocket money to save for a PS4. The RT is terrible. Too much eating with partioning the OS, no apps, bulky, bad battery life, wonky settings. The iPad is the best tablet for $500. All the other convertibles and x86 stuff is too expensive. The Pro should cost $500, now that will undercut the iPad.

        • Wyn6

          The Pro is great. Only complaint is battery life, which should be rectified with the Pro 2. I get 4-5 hours now, and they say the Pro 2 will double that with the Haswell chip.

          Not sure what HeatFan441 is on about. Different strokes for different folks I guess. My wife loves her RT as does my sister, who is a teacher. They both laud it for capabilities it has that aren’t available with an iPad.

          Battery life is stellar on the thing, you may get an hour or so more on an iPad, however. There’s over a 100k apps and I don’t hear my wife or sister complaining. And, with Surface 2, it’s become more versatile, more consistent, has even better battery life and comes in at $449 which was $50 cheaper than the original.

          Ah! Almost forgot keyboards. The keyboards, especially the Type Cover are ingenius.
          So, big fan here.

  • vrm

    who cares ? why not instead cover the statement reported in fiercewireless.com about LTE expansion beyond 225 million ?

    • Because that wasn’t the actual comment, I was standing in the room when it was said. They clarified the post as I expected they would.

      • vrm

        Can you elaborate on that ? That article was updated and a spokesperson apparently said they WILL be expanding LTE beyond 225 million.

        What is your take on that – can you clarify ?

        • Of course they will be, but they didn’t give a time-frame outside of saying next year. I think that’s a given and not really worth of an article outside of the one I already did on the LTE launch when I was at the event. They haven’t decidedly provided timeframes like they did for 2013 by saying 100 million by mid-year, 200 million by end of year. If they did that, I would post that.

        • Alex Zapata

          Just out of curiosity have they mentioned anything about the upcoming 600MHz auction? I thought I remember reading that TMO and Verizon had requested a single band class but that’s it.

  • conservative_motorcyclist

    Guess I know what I am getting my Fiancee for Christmas!!!

  • D_Wall__

    I will either get an LTE Ipad 5 or the Galaxy Tab 3 if tmobile will offer it soon. I really dont want to go back to another apple product, but their Ipads are very good. I prefer to have matching devices.

    • D Nice

      It would be nice if they could carry the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition.

  • KingCobra

    Nice to see the iPad officially coming soon for T-Mobile. I’ll probably stick to Verizon for my iPad Mini though since it’s only $10 and gets LTE in some areas where I don’t with my iPhone on T-Mobile.

    • weezy34

      More like- finally to Tmobile USA. Tmobile in other parts of world have sold the iPhone and iPad forever.

  • macman37

    Great to hear that all 4 major US carriers will finally be on a level playing field as T-Mobile will finally have the 2 iOS devices that are available on the other carriers!

  • GinaDee

    Will they give us unlimited 4G data for $30 for this?

    • Vitamin Dice

      Doubt it. More like $50-60 for unlimited. Pointless for tmobile to offer at that price range cause they still need to sell their voice/text plans with 500mb data at the $50 price range.

  • Alan713

    they need competitive plans. currently even ATT ipad plans are better. 20dollars UL with 3gb of LTE would be a good start.

  • JJ

    Will they cover more of Houston with LTE? I go 3 blocks and drop LTE and go 2 and get it back. I am in the city near all Big Oil companies.

  • Whitney

    Please get the iPad

  • Jay


    Tmobile Ipads will get 200mb of data FREE per month!


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