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Apple introduced the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 at a small-scale event on October 16. The new tablets are already up for pre-order at most of the main carriers and several retailers, including the Apple Store.
Although the new iPads are up for pre-order on many sites and in a few stores already, they devices won’t actually ship until October 24 (we think they will be in stores this day as well, but Apple won’t say). The new iPads come in three colors: white, grey, and gold, with three internal storage options. You can read more about all the specs of the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 in our news post.
Updated on 10-22-2014 by Malarie Gokey: We’ve added a link to the preorder page for the new iPads on Wal-Mart’s website (page 2).
Here’s all the information you need to successfully preorder a brand-new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Let’s start with the carriers first.
AT&T was among the first U.S. carriers to start preorders for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. It offers three different buying options to its customers, including a monthly payment plan, the price with a two-year contract, and the full retail price with no commitment.
The cheapest way to get the iPad Air 2 is with the monthly payment plan. You can get the 16GB iPad Air 2 for $0 down and pay just $31.50 a month for 20 months to own the LTE-enabled tablet. Of course, data charges will apply, so make sure you’ve got enough data on your plan for a tablet too. You can also get the iPad Air 2 for $530 if you’ve already got a two-year contract.
The same rules apply for the 16GB iPad Mini 3, which you can get on the monthly installment plan for $0 down with $26.50 a month payments for 20 months. Otherwise, the smaller iPad will cost you $430 with a two-year contract.
The full retail price for the 16GB iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are $630 and $530, respectively. The 64GB and 128GB models of both iPads are also available for pre-order, but they’ll cost you. You can order either iPad on AT&T’s website.
At Verizon, you can get the 16GB iPad Air 2 for $530 with two-year contract, which is the same price you’ll find at AT&T. However, it’s monthly installment plan is slightly cheaper each month — though longer in duration — than AT&T’s. At Verizon, you’ll pay just $26.24 a month for 24 months if you have a Verizon Edge plan.
The 16GB iPad Mini 3 costs the same $430 with two-year contract, but you can get it for payments of $22.08 a month for 24 months with the Verizon Edge plan. Of course, 64GB and 128GB versions of both iPads are also available on the carrier’s website. You can pre-order the iPad Air 2 here and the iPad Mini 3 here.
T-Mobile has yet to open up the iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 for pre-order and no prices are listed yet, but the pre-registration page is up. You can plug in your email and contact details to make sure that you’re the first to know when T-Mobile announces pricing and kicks off ordering. The Uncarrier’s site says that pre-orders start on October 22. You can preregister for the iPad Air 2 here and the iPad Mini 3 here. Here is the pricing for both models:
iPad Air 2 pricing
- 16GB – $0 down – 24 monthly payments of $26.24
- 64GB – $99 down – 24 monthly payments of $26.24
- 128GB – $199 down – 24 monthly payments of $26.24
iPad mini 3 pricing
- 16GB – $0 down – 24 monthly payments of $22.08
- 64GB – $99 down – 24 monthly payments of $22.08
- 128GB – $199 down – 24 monthly payments of $22.08
T-Mobile also reminded users that Simple Choice customers can add a tablet to their plans for only $10 per month and the Uncarrier will match the amount of data you already have on your plan.
Meanwhile, Sprint has yet to announce pre-orders or even put up a preregistration page for the iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3. We’ll update this post as soon as Sprint posts pricing and information.