OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 20, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that it will offer iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular later this week. iPad Air 2 is the first tablet from Apple to connect to Sprint Spark™, an enhanced LTE service with the added capacity to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. iPad mini 3 will connect to Sprint’s 4G LTE network.
“iPad Air 2 combines our powerful Sprint Spark network capability and aggressively priced rate plans for an outstanding customer experience,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “We know iPad Air 2 customers will demand advanced speeds for personal and business applications so we are very excited to welcome this Sprint Spark-powered device into our lineup. There is no question that this is a very exciting time to be a Sprint customer.”
iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet in the world – weighing less than a pound yet packed with amazing new innovations, including a new anti-reflective Retina display, all-new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras for better photos and videos, an A8X second-generation 64-bit chip that delivers improved CPU and graphics performance, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor. So thin and light you can comfortably hold it all day long, iPad Air 2 gives you access to the more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it – all while delivering great 10-hour battery life. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, also including Touch ID, come in three gorgeous metallic finishes – gold, silver and space gray.
Sprint’s 4G LTE network serves 522 cities and more than 255 million people, making it easy for customers to take advantage of all the great features on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. In addition to Sprint’s all-new 3G network and its 4G LTE network, Sprint is deploying Sprint Spark, a technology that is built for data and new generations of online gaming, virtual reality and advanced cloud services. It enables stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind.
Sprint Spark delivers average wireless speeds of 6-15Mbps and peak wireless speeds of 50-60Mbps today on capable devices, with increasing speed potential over time. Sprint is on track to reach 100 million Americans by year-end with Sprint Spark.
Customers can add iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 to their Sprint Family Share Pack for an access charge of $10 per month per line. Through December 2015, Sprint will waive the $10 monthly access charge on iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 added as new lines of service to any Sprint Family Share Pack 20GB or higher1.
The Sprint Family Share Pack is the best value for families with a new shared-data plan that offers double the high-speed data at a lower price than AT&T and Verizon Wireless on nationally available plans. Sprint is offering a limited-time promotion for the Sprint Family Share Pack – for a family with up to 10 lines, switch to Sprint and get 20GB of Shared Data and Unlimited Talk & Text while on the Sprint network for only $100 a month through 2015 after the waived access charges.1
iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 can also be activated on one of the Sprint tablet data plans, including a special limited-time offer featuring 100MB of data for $10; other tablet data plans include 1GB for $15; 3GB for $35; 6GB for $50; 12GB for $80; and 30GB for $110 (all pricing excludes taxes and surcharges). Customers are able to view their data usage by logging into My Sprint at www.sprint.com.
Customers can buy iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular at all Sprint retail locations, online at www.sprint.com or by calling 1-800-Sprint1. For complete details on pricing, please visit www.sprint.com/ipad.
For more information on iPad, please visit www.apple.com/ipad.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 54 million customers as of June 30, 2014, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved U.S. company in customer satisfaction, across all 43 industries, over the last six years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1 The waived access charge promo is currently available through 1/15/15 and waives eligible handset ($15), tablet ($10) and MBB ($20) access charges through December 2015. Phones must be port-ins from another carrier and tablets and MBB devices must be a new line of service. Requires one phone per plan.
Michelle Leff Mermelstein, 703-592-8357