Why No Über 3G iPad in the US?

7:30 AM -- OK, so, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) sold "500,000 [WiFi] iPads during its first week," delaying the global launch of 3G iPads until "late May."

This will likely leave European Apple fans grinding their teeth in anticipation, but at least they will have some kind of choice of 3G carrier for the unlocked device when it arrives. The UK gets the best of it with plans from Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), Salt SA , and Telefónica UK Ltd. to choose from. (See Apple Delays International iPad.)

The 3G iPad is due in the US at the end of April, but users will have one choice, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), if they want to use a real 3G network. The radio in the iPad doesn't support 3G frequencies offered by T-Mobile US Inc. . (See Apple's iPad: Unlocking the 3G Myth.)

How difficult and costly would it have been for Apple to put some extra RF support in the iPad so that users would actually have a choice of carriers in the US? It seems US consumers are consistently promised a more open future for cellular that never actually arrives.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:39:34 PM
re: Why No Über 3G iPad in the US?

Brits are bound to get stiffed on iPad pricing too, cynical, moi?

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