A few days back T-Mobile announced that the Retina iPad mini will go on sale through its website and retail stores from November 16th. It looks like the carrier has started selling the tablet two days ahead of the previously announced schedule, because as of 12:01 AM Pacific this morning, T-Mobile’s website has started accepting orders for the latest iPad mini.
There have already been a lot of rumors about Retina iPad mini supplies being constrained at launch. Apple reportedly has limited inventory to work with, and that’s why resellers and carrier partners are expected to have limited inventory as well. This does seem to be true, as T-Mobile says on its website that its initial quantities of the Retina iPad mini are “rather limited.” The carrier recommends that customers place their order as soon as possible through its website or participating retail stores, since units will be delivered on a first come, first serve basis. T-Mobile also says that it does not know right now when it will receive incremental inventory of the Retina iPad mini.
Customers will be able to purchase the 16GB Retina iPad mini from T-Mobile for $0 down, but will have to make 24 equal monthly payments of $22.08. For 32GB and 64GB models, customers will need to pay $99 and $199 up front, respectively, and will have to make 24 equal monthly payments of $22.08 as well. Existing T-Mobile customers can get the tablet on the equipment installment plan without needing a new data plan, whereas new customers will need to sign up for a new paying service agreement.