US mobile carrier Sprint (S) has announced that it will be selling Apple (AAPL)’s newest 4G LTE iPads in some of its retail stores as of this morning, though warns that inventories will be limited for the launch as demand continues to outweigh supply.
Only some of Sprint’s select locations will carry Apple’s LTE-equipped models of both the iPad Mini and 4th-generation iPad tablets at first, but the telecom says it’s working on bringing the products to all of its retail channels, including Sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1, as soon as possible.
It’s not clear how constrained the supply is, but once it runs out, Sprint says customers who are not able to purchase the popular tablets on Friday will have the option of getting on the carrier’s reservation list by purchasing a $50 gift card. That money, of course, will be put towards the cost of the tablet.
The data plans available, which include access to Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE networks, are fairly standard, starting at $14.99 for 300MB, $34.99 for 3GB, $49.99 for 6GB and $79.99 for 12GB. Sprint also says it is waiving the activation fee for all 3G/4G LTE tablets.
Last month, Apple said it sold more than 3 million Wi-Fi iPad models during their first three days of availability. While Apple’s newest 4G LTE iPads have been introduced since November 2, the cellular versions are just now going on sale.
AT&T (T) and Best Buy (BBY) are also set to carry the devices. According to 9to5Mac, AT&T and Best Buy stores will be stocking their shelves with new LTE iPads today. There’s no word yet on Verizon’s (VZ) in-store availability.