China Unicom, China Telecom to start selling 4G models of iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on March 27

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China Unicom and China Telecom will begin selling 4G LTE-capable versions of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 on March 27, the two wireless carriers announced on Wednesday.

Apple has sold cellular versions of the latest iPads in China since December, but until now the tablets were not being sold through Unicom or Telecom. The pair are China's second- and third-biggest carriers behind China Mobile.

Like other current-generation iPads sold in the country, the Unicom and Telecom models will support the region's TD-LTE and FDD-LTE 4G standards, as well as various 3G technologies like HSPA+.

Shoppers wanting to buy one should be able to pick them up from the carriers' retail stores or from Apple.

By the end of last year, the Air 2 and the Mini 3 were already available in 110 countries. China was included in the first wave of launches on October 17, but at the time received only Wi-Fi models. That's likely attributable to the extra wireless certification steps required by the Chinese government, which have delayed local product rollouts in the past.

 
 

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