Sprint thanking Apple
for making the iPad? That's something you probably
didn't see coming. Sprint is one of the two major U.S. carriers that
have no real ties to the iPad
Wireless just started offering
the Wi-Fi version along with a VZW MiFi
, and AT&T has an integrated
3G version. So why would Sprint be thankful for the iPad's invention?
According to a recent interview with GigaOM, Sprint's CEO recently
expressed his gratitude for the iPad, saying that it has been largely
responsible for a surge in sales of their Overdrive.
The Overdrive a 3G/4G mobile hotspot, and Sprint has sold an iPad case
before with an Overdrive slot. As Sprint sees it, these two are meant
for each other. Dan Hesse said that Wi-Fi iPads are the most popular
models, and that the introduction of them has heightened the level of
interest and sales in the Overdrive. When paired with an Overdrive in a
4G city, this unit allows the iPad to connect at WiMAX speeds, which is
faster than AT&T's 3G network.
Sprint wouldn't disclose actual sales numbers, nor would they comment
directly on their relationship with Apple, but even saying this is
saying enough. Sprint loves the iPad, who would have thought?