Friday, March 9, 2012

KDDI iPad reportedly to go on sale from April

Following Ishikawa Tsutsumu's confirmation of my original impression that the SBM version of the iPad would lack LTE, the latest news/rumor surrounding the iPad is that there will be an AU version from April.
In addition to being available from Apple and Softbank Mobile, A KDDI (AU) version of the newly announced iPad is also planned for release from April. KDDI was unable to comment.
Regarding LTE, according to wikipedia, which is often more wrong in Japanese than it is in English, AU LTE service is slated to be available from 12/2012, which is consistent with what I've heard.

Via the Asahi Shimbun.


  1. After reading Apple and softbank's description it sounds like the Japanese version will have 4g but you will only be able to use 3G in Japan but the 4G will work if you visit the US.


  3. I believe AU already has LTE in some areas. Also SoftBank claims LTE version will work in Japan starting in April according to the shop I went to. Lastly, AU hasn't announced anything yet. I'm wondering if it has anything to do with Softbanks exclusivity on the iPad which I think started April 28 2011. Not sure how those deals work, but maybe that is part of the reason it is not being advertised.