Apple's newest iPad in Juneau

AT&T's Retail Sales Consultant Ashley Nelon sets up a new phone for customer Kerry Rasmussen at their store on Friday. AT&T's 4G wireless service is now operational. The store also sold out their new third generation iPads on their first day of sale on Friday.

Apple released its latest version of the popular tablet computer, the iPad, today. This version, dubbed iPad features a fist full of pixels in its new Retina display and faster broadband speeds with 4G connectivity.

Up until recently, Juneau residents would not have had access to the faster data transfer speeds provided by fourth generation cellular technology. AT&T has recently finished upgrades to its broadband service to provide 4G connectivity to customers in Juneau.

Verizon and AT&T use similar 4G with Long Term Evolution and HSPA+ formats. AT&T uses HSPA+ in Juneau, which is compatible with Apple's newest iPad and iPhone 4S. Verizon does not have cell towers of its own in the capital city, though the company has proposed building a tower near Mendenhall Loop Road. Verizon has an agreement with ACS which allows Verizon’s customers to share ACS’ cell towers in Alaska, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

"Today, it's all about connectivity and speed, so AT&T is very excited to offer the new iPad which will operate on the AT&T 4G network giving customers much faster download and upload times," said Mike Maxwell, AT&T’s vice president and general manager of the Pacific Northwest region.

Juneau's AT&T store is selling the new iPad with Wi-Fi and 4G service. The tablets come with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal flash memory. The 16GB model costs $629.99. Month-to-month data plans start at $14.99. Walmart is also carrying the iPad.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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