Retina iPad mini coming to T-Mobile channels on November 16, starting at $0 down for 16GB


We announced earlier that Apple had started selling the iPad mini with Retina online at At the time, we were yet to hear anything from T-Mobile regarding purchasing the cellular device through its channels. Thankfully, Tmo’s just announced that it will be selling the tablet this Saturday.

From 12:01am Pacific Time (3am Eastern) on Saturday, November 16, T-Mobile will be offering the Retina iPad mini in “limited channels”. Qualified customers will be able to get the 16GB model for $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $22.08. That adds up to just under $530, or 92 cents more than the Apple retail price. If you want the 32GB model, it’s $99.99 up front or if you want the 64GB model it’s $199.99 down. Both will require the same 24 monthly payments of $22.08. At this time, it doesn’t appear as though Tmo will be selling the 128GB version.

One thing T-Mobile did reiterate in the press release – probably to avoid the confusion of the 200MB/$0 down promotion – was that new customers looking to get in on the financing plan/EIP must sign up to a new postpaid service with T-Mobile. Plans start at $20 (plus taxes etc.). Existing customers however, can get a tablet on an EIP even if they’re not taking a paid plan on the tablet.

“Well-qualified new customers can finance their iPad mini with Retina display if they establish postpaid service with T-Mobile on the tablet, with plans starting at $20 per month (plus taxes and fees). Existing T-Mobile voice customers who are on a postpaid plan can also get $0 down financing for their tablet, even if they don’t take a paid plan on the tablet.”

Because Apple is having a hard time making enough of them, you can expect the iPad mini with Retina to be a little difficult to come by. And with T-Mobile only offering them through limited channels, it’s clear the carrier hasn’t exactly got an abundance of new high-res tiny iPads in stock.

If you want one, you may have to wait up until 3am Eastern to order one online. There’s no news – yet – on what retail store availability will be like. We’re presuming as well that the free 200MB offer still applies to the new iPad mini, but again, no mention of that in the press release.

You can read the full release over at T-Mobile’s blog.

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  • Nearmsp

    The iPad Air is really good. I am impressed with this. The first iPad after iPad 2, that is an improvement. The antenna is very good.

  • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

    I’d much rather see the Note 10.1 or the Surface 2.

    But, progress, I guess.

    • Nick Gonzalez

      I don’t think the Surfaces have cellular radios homie. Tmo has no reason to sell ’em.

      I stand corrected! New Surface’s may get LTE eventually…

      • RedGeminiPA

        Eventually… Maybe… if Microsoft can afford to put cellular radios in something that doesn’t even sell that well. They had to write off $900,000,000 because of the first generation. Let’s hope (for them) the second gen actually sells a little better.

        • Nick Gonzalez

          I’m really wanting a Surface Pro 2. But, it’s hard to justify paying that much when I have a perfectly fine 2 year old laptop.
          Maybe having LTE in them would persuade me…
          Now as for this Mini, $0 down for the 16Gigga has me wondering…

    • Joseph Tongret

      I’m with you 100%!!! I’m wanting an LTE tablet that’s a little bigger then the Nexus 7. Ideally, I suppose the Note 10.1 2013 edition would be the most capable Android tablet at the moment, but I’d definitely be interested in the Surface Pro 2 also. I’ve almost come to the point of just ordering the ipad air, or the mini since the display looks to be adequately sized for my on the go needs. I’ve always been an Android user, and I’m just not sure that ios would be my cup of tea? Anyone have any opinions on this? I really like the ability to finance with no interest being that Christmas is right around the corner and we have two kids. I’m afraid that switching to ios will cost me a lot in apps and it’s also going to take some adjusting to get used to it. I’m glad that Tmo has this option, as it’s far from the worst problem to have, and I think I’m going to have to give ios a shot. Anyone who’s adapted to ios from Android on a tablet, I’m open for input.

    • BlackJu

      A surface mini or nokia 8″ with active digitizer would do it for me. Or the Dell Venue 8 Pro with LTE.

  • steveb944

    I’m pretty sure ALL new tablets that have T-Mobile radios are included to have the free 200mb as long as you fit the requirements. At least that’s what I understood.

  • Dark enV

    Ok could someone please explain the whole $10 off your bill if you’re already a customer? Someone mentioned this to me but I’m just trying to understand how it works. Trying to get the Mini Retina for my brother

    • DJ

      It works as follows: You have a voice plan so you are automatically qualified to receive a 10 dollar monthly discount of a Mobile Internet plan. So with the 200mb plan TMO will charge you 10 dollars then discount the 10 dollars if you bundle it with your voice plan, all you are responsible for is the 1.61 regulatory fee and taxes for the service monthly(2 dollars total or so, depending on location) as well as the cost of the device.