Almost a couple weeks ago it was announced TELUS and Rogers would start selling LTE versions of the iPad and iPad mini. As of today, both carriers have started sales of these cellular iPad versions. Prices are the same as Apple.ca for the available 16GB and 32GB models (Rogers carries the 64GB iPad mini and 64GB/128GB iPad Retina models). Both carriers have their own ways of marketing the iPad–let’s take a look.
Rogers – the company says customers can “save up to $100” over 10 months when they activate one of their flex rate data plans below:
- Up to 10MB for $5
- Up to 100MB for $10
- Up to 500MB for $20
- Up to 5GB for $40
Available to consumer and small business customers with purchase of an iPad or iPad mini from Rogers at participating locations before July 7, 2013 with new activation on $5/mo Flex Rate Plan or $12/mo Share Ready Plan only. Credit of up to $10/mo (not to exceed customer’s monthly service fee) will be applied to customer’s invoice for 10 months so long as the customer maintains the plan in good standing (credit does not apply if eligible plan cancelled within 10 months).
Existing customers can also share their iPhone data plan with their iPad for $12 per month, per device.
TELUS – On top of regular sales, the iPad has been included under their TELUS Easy Tablet plan. Customers pay a portion of the cost up front ($0 for the iPad mini up front), then pay the balance over time at $20 per month (16GB iPad mini is $19.12 per month) until the balance is cleared. For a 16GB iPad with Retina display, it’s $389 on a 1 year term up front, or $149 up front on a 2 year term.
As for the TELUS flex data plan, below are the prices and bucket allotments:
Essentially the addition of iPad sales to both carriers make it just another way for customers to purchase and setup their cellular iPads. Let us know if you’re going to jump on an iPad from either carrier (we expect Bell to join the party sometime soon).