Sprint Feels iPad Love

Despite the fact that the iPad only works on AT&T’s 3G network and that only Verizon and AT&T are selling the iPad, Sprint CEO Dan Hess says that Sprint is benefiting from Apple’s success with the iPad. According to Hess, sales of Sprint’s Overdrive MiFi wireless access point has increased since Apple started selling the iPad. Apparently a lot of people are buying Sprint’s MiFi, which has the fastest Internet speeds thanks to Sprint’s 4G network, to provide Internet access to the WiFi-only version of the iPad.

Verizon recently started selling the iPad bundled with Verizon’s 3G MiFi and special data plans. Sprint is proving that it doesn’t need to enter into a deal with Apple to benefit from iPad sales presumably because the Overdrive MiFi is better than the ones from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Sprint actually was one of the first mobile carriers to jump on the iPad bandwagon when they provided free iPad cases to people who bought the Overdrive at Best Buy back in April. The cases had a special pocket to hold the Overdrive where you could just leave the device and access the Internet on the iPad.