iPad Air, Retina iPad mini Supports 1700/2100MHz AWS Bands (WIND, Mobilicity)

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Will the cellular iPad Air and Retina iPad mini work on WIND Mobile or Mobilicity? Looks like they both will, according to updates made on Apple’s website this morning.

The iPad Air ‘tech specs’ page now lists 1700/2100MHz AWS band support, which means cellular versions will work on networks such as WIND Mobile, Mobilicity, Eastlink, SaskTel and Videotron in Canada. The Retina iPad mini also has these same bands listed for its LTE cellular versions.

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So if you plan on purchasing an LTE version of the iPad Air or Retina iPad mini, it will support the 1700/2100MHz AWS bands required for use with newer wireless entrants such as WIND Mobile, Mobilicity, Eastlink, SaskTel and Videotron.

Apple looks to be using a similar LTE modem found in the iPhone 5s and 5c, which also supports 1700/2100MHz AWS bands out of the box.

The company earlier this year first introduced AWS support when T-Mobile announced it would be carrying the iPhone 5 in March. Production units later on in the year all started to ship with AWS band support, first starting with warranty replacements, then eventually all new shipments going forward.

Anyone picking up a cellular version iPad Air or Retina iPad mini?

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  • Ryan

    you sure? just checked and its not there

    Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO

    Bluetooth 4.0 technology

    UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

    CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)

    LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)3

    Data only4

    Taken from apple.com/ca 11:49pm Oct 26, 2013

  • The 1700/2100MHz bands are listed here: http://store.apple.com/ca/buy-ipad/ipad-air#tech-specs

  • dave

    It’s also listed with 1700/2100 support in the Apple Store iPhone app. It’s only in the product page on apple.com and apple.ca that they did not included 1700/2100. I hope it really does support it. (with screenshot)

  • Bas

    iPad Air confirmed working on Wind. Sometimes slow presumably based on signal strength but working. iMessage working (confirmed), Facetime says it works (but haven’t actually done it). Other than a few disconnects no known issues so far.

  • Can you email a screenshot to tips AT iphoneincanada.ca? Thanks! 🙂

  • Bas

    Sent.

  • Bas

    APN: broadband.windmobile.ca
    Selecting Wind manually in the cellular carriers worked better for me.

  • Jay

    Hi Thanks for your reply.
    I have changed my apn and lock the carrier to Wind but it still says no service. I guess there is something wrong with my line.

  • Jay

    Oh well. It works now! Thanks Bas!!

  • Kalvin

    Could anyone tell me if you can use the pay your way 2$/day plan on the new iPads? or does it have to be the mobile internet plans? Thanks in advance

  • Raj

    Call wind technical department, they will adjust settings so that you may have service

  • Plazmic Flame

    Did you buy a regular smartphone data plan from Wind or did you buy the Mobile Internet plan that comes with the USB stick? Thanks!

  • realitycheck

    thats a good idea….