Two new iPads support 14 out of 26 LTE frequencies which is impressive number and should will work in favour of frequent travellers. The iPad Air and mini will work in more places than ever before.
They support LTE 1 (2100 MHz), 2 (1900 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz), 7 (2600 MHz), 8 (900 MHz), 13 (700c MHz), 17 (700b MHz), 18 (800 MHz), 19 (800 MHz), 20 (800 DD MHz), 25 (1900 MHz) and 26 (800 MHz).
The new iPad Air and iPad mini should work in 34 countries and we will pick a few carriers that should work with.
In the US the new iPads will work on AT&T, Verizon and T-mobile but also on Aio, Bluegrass, C Spire, GCI, Sprint and US Cellular the total of 9 providers. In Canada they work on Bell (including Virgin), MTS, Rogers (including Fido), Sasktel and Telus (including Koodo).
In Germany they work on T-mobile and Vodafone, in France on Bouygues, Orange and SFR, in the UK on EE and Vodafone in Spain on Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone. The list is way too long to go country by country but some smaller countries such as Austria and Czech republic and already on the list which was not the case before.
The complete list is below, but the 5th generation iPad Air and the new retina iPad mini will work in even more countries and providers as long as they support one of 14 listed bands. The fourth generation iPad and iPad mini were coming in two different models, fit for North America or for the rest of the world.
North American versions were known as iPad with Retina display (4th generation) Model A1459 and iPad mini Model A1454 supported four LTE bands including 2 (1900 MHz), 4 (AWS), 5 (850 MHz) and 17 (700b MHz) and they worked in US, Canada and Mexico. Rest-of-the-world versions known as iPad with Retina display (4th generation) Model A1460 and iPad mini Model A1455 supported five LTE bands including 1 (2100 MHz), 3 (1800 MHz), 5 (850 MHz), 13 (700c MHz) and 25 (1900 MHz) enough for 29 countries. iPad with Retina display (3rd generation) Model A1430 supported two LTE bands 4 (AWS) and 17 (700b MHz) enough for AT&T and Canadian Bell, Rogers and Telus and another model iPad with Retina display (3rd generation) Model A1403 supporting LTE band 13 (700C MHz) for Verizon.
Frequent travellers will like the fact that the list of supported bands and countries was expanded, but at the same time they would have to pay attention not to burn their wallets with usual insanely expensive data rates abroad.
The complete list of LTE bands supported by the new iPads is available online.