3G IPads Sell Out

Posted: May 2 2010, 8:25pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:54pm CDT, in News | Apple

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Although there was some thought that the 3G version of Apple's iPad wouldn't attract the same amount of buzz as the original iPad, the new version has been flying off store shelves as well.

The iPad 3G went on sale Friday night. Of course, there wasn't as much hype about this launch as the Wi-Fi version of the iPad that debuted earlier in the month. And many non-tech-savvy consumers probably didn't even know there was a different version of the device.

Yet, according to the Wall Street Journal, the iPad 3G launch was a success. Apple Stores in some of the biggest markets like San Francisco and New York have sold out, and Best Buy stores are reporting very low stock of their launch units.

An estimated 300,000 of the 3G units were sold over the weekend. That includes customers who pre-ordered the device. That brings the total number of all iPad sales to over a million, according to analyst reports.

The 3G version gives users Internet access practically anywhere in the country, because instead of standard Wi-Fi hotspots, users can connect to the same sort of Internet that mobile phones use. However, it comes at a cost, as the 3G iPads cost around $130 more than the other versions.

3G access on the iPad is available through AT&T, the same provider that iPhone owners use. However, even AT&T has said that it doesn't expect the 3G version of the device to sell well. Of course, 3G access on non-mobile devices may become less popular as 4G, the first real mobile spectrum to rival broadband speeds, begins to rollout across the country.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.




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