Carriers Offering Discounts Up to $200 to Subsidize Higher Cost of 5G iPad Pro Models

The major wireless carriers in the United States are teaming up with Apple to subsidize the cost of the new 5G iPad Pro, which debuted today. Choosing cellular over WiFi carries a $200 premium, which is more expensive than the $130 upgrade price that Apple normally charges for a cellular model.

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As noted by Bloomberg, carriers are hoping to encourage customers to purchase the new 5G tablets despite the cellular price increase through subsidies. Multiple carriers are offering up to $200 in gift cards, which makes choosing a 5G ‌iPad Pro‌ over a standard WiFi version more or less free, with the exception of monthly costs.

Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are all offering $200 reimbursements, while AT&T is offering $150 back. AT&T is providing credits to a monthly bill, while Verizon is offering a digital gift card. T-Mobile and Sprint are providing a gift card that can be spent like a credit card.

Carriers often offer these kinds of discounts for iPhone models, but it is unusual to see these subsidies provided for iPads.

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agsystems Avatar
40 months ago
Just for kicks - I tried to a trade-in (with Apple) my 11" 256GB second gen and I got a 'fair' price of $90 - god bless Apple
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kkspire Avatar
40 months ago
This is going to be the first time I literally buy every product announced. Love the iPad Pro 12.9
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Freeangel1 Avatar
40 months ago
The Best Bang for your BUCK is the $650 M1 Mac mini.
you've already proven by the Chinese that you can upgrade the RAM and disk size.
Better M1 chip than the iPad and iMac.
My God they even rip you off on the iMac and come out with a crippled M1 chip that has only 7 GPU cores enabled instead of 8.

The $650 M1 Mac mini is the STEAL here.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fishkorp Avatar
40 months ago

The Best Bang for your BUCK is the $650 M1 Mac mini.
you've already proven by the Chinese that you can upgrade the RAM and disk size.
Better M1 chip than the iPad and iMac.
My God they even rip you off on the iMac and come out with a crippled M1 chip that has only 7 GPU cores enabled instead of 8.

The $650 M1 Mac mini is the STEAL here.
No normal person can do that, or have access to the chips. Actual Apple repair centers don’t have access to chips for repairs. The average person will never be able to get the chips, never mind the process of doing the upgrade (or necessary equipment to do it).
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
takasugi Avatar
40 months ago

It's very telling when AT&T gives an outright price reduction, Verizon gives a big gift card (most likely after some time and subject to clawback), while the most dishonest US carrier of them all T-Mobile has a reverse 2-year contract bill credits scam for suckers.
T-Mobile is a virtual MasterCard.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ppj845 Avatar
40 months ago

Just for kicks - I tried to a trade-in (with Apple) my 11" 256GB second gen and I got a 'fair' price of $90 - god bless Apple
How so? Apple trade in for my iPad Pro 2018 base model is $455. Maybe you clicked damaged by mistake?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)