Although Canadians have long been able to purchase data plans for their iPads and iPad minis through their local carriers, they’ve never been able to buy those devices from those carriers’ retail locations — until now. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has recently extended its iPad retail presence with a new sales expansion to two different Canadian wireless carriers.
According to Apple Insider, Canadian wireless carriers Rogers (NYSE:RCI) and Telus (NYSE:TU) announced on Friday that the iPad and iPad mini will soon be available for sale at their retail store locations in the upcoming weeks. Although both companies have added iPad information pages to their respective websites, neither company has revealed any specific contract data plan details or pricing tiers for the devices. According to Engadget, both carriers are promising to feature “contract-free data plans.”
Although Telus has not yet announced a specific availability date, Rogers states on its site that, “Starting June 26, 2013, fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available online and at Rogers retail locations.”
In other Canada-related Apple news, wireless provider Wind Mobile is now offering $25 nano-SIM cards that are compatible with the iPhone 5. These cards are for users that have purchased an unlocked iPhone 5 directly from Apple. Although this carrier’s plan is cheaper, its network only offers data plans via HSPA+, so its subscribers won’t have LTE support.
Regarding the benefits of purchasing an Apple product direct from the carrier, Rogers states that, “By purchasing and activating an iPad at a Rogers store location, our rep can show you how to get the most out of your device on the Rogers LTE network and maximize the benefits of your Rogers services and apps.”
The expansion of the iPad’s availability to include these carriers builds on Apple’s overall strategy of increasing the availability of its products through various resellers. Here’s how Apple closed out the week.
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