Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 03:15 pm PT (06:15 pm ET)
Tweet from T-Mobile CEO suggests carrier may soon start iPad salesT-Mobile chief executive John Legere on Wednesday tweeted that he was "excited" for Apple's upcoming Oct. 22 iPad event, suggesting the telecom may finally be granted access to the popular tablet.
In his tweet, seen above, Legere says he is excited for Oct. 22 and links to a USA Today article covering the special event invites Apple sent out to press outlets on Tuesday.
While circumstantial, the tweet is somewhat telling as Legere is known for being an outspoken character on social media forums, especially Twitter. He regularly holds impromptu conversations with followers and solicits constantly solicits discussions about new and upcoming devices.
Most recently, the chief executive last week hinted at a free global roaming plan that was announced later that day. The tweet is in keeping with Legere's timeline, which is filled with hints to forthcoming product or service debuts.
If T-Mobile does in fact start sales of the iPad, it will have access to Apple's full lineup of cellular-capable devices, bringing the fourth-largest U.S. carrier in line with the country's major operators AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.
T-Mobile finally became an Apple partner carrier in April when it started sales of the then-current iPhone 5. To set itself apart from those providers that had been selling the smartphone for years, T-Mobile introduced a unique installment payment plan that has been carried over to the latest iPhone 5s and 5c models.
It is impossible to forecast a T-Mobile iPad, though an extension to all major U.S. carriers is logical given the popularity of the tablet duo.
All will be revealed on Oct. 22, and AppleInsider will be on the scene reporting live.
On Topic: iPad
- New iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 incorporate NFC chip for Apple Pay in apps, but not in-store tap-to-pay transactions
- Multi-carrier Apple SIM 'dedicated' to AT&T's network upon activation, not carried by Sprint Stores
- First look: Pixelmator for iPad takes powerful image editing on-the-go
- Apple's iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 now available for pickup at select US Apple Stores
- iPad Air 2 teardown reveals lower capacity battery, internal layout tweaks