Buy a Hopper from Dish, get a free iPad mini (soon)

Buy a Hopper from Dish, get a free iPad mini (soon)

Dish Network Corp. says that beginning January 17 you'll be able to get a free iPad mini when you sign up for their service. It's actually an extension of an existing program, but up until now it's been the full-sized iPad 2 (instead of first-year programming discounts).

The program requires you to sign up for a 24-month agreement with Dish, getting their Hopper with Sling Whole-Home HD DVR in the process. You have to select a minimum of America's Top 120 package. The iPad mini shows up after about 4-6 weeks. Bear in mind that it's the original iPad mini you're getting - a retail value of $299.

(Editor's note: as a native Bostonian, I love the "Hoppah" ads.)

Last month Dish began offering an updated version of Dish Anywhere that enables iOS users to transfer recorded content from their Hopper with Sling, so they can transfer content to an iPhone or iPad and watch it later, even without a live Internet connection.

Go to the Dish web site and take a look at their special offers page - you may find a different offer that may save you as much or more. Right now the iPad 2 deal is still plastered all over Dish's web site, so wait until the 17th if you're interested in the iPad mini deal.

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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Buy a Hopper from Dish, get a free iPad mini (soon)


That really sounds like a tempting offer. The services sound really appealing, however discovering that the iOS devices being offered are older versions, and fine devices to be sure, I'm not sure to take this as making the most out of lingering stock supply of taking advantage of prospective customers. (I must meditate on this.)

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This is a great offer, just not sure I want to be locked down with a provider for two years. You are paying for the iPad over that period.

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I did this offer in august and got the mini. I love dish so far and I actually use the free iPad mini. We already had an iPad 3 so this has been perfect for us.

I set up service a week ago. I called and asked when I was supposed to be getting my ipad 2 they said in 4 to 6 weeks after setting up online (no big deal). The rep then asked if I would like the ipad mini instead. I asked her to read me the specs and to my surprise he read the specs to the ipad mini with retina display. I ask the rep if it was the mini with retina he said YES. So not sure if I was given false information or the article is wrong, but either way I'm getting an ipad mini with retina display.

have they sent u a email saying it has been sent and a tracking number? im still waiting on mine. samething 4 to 6 weeks. the dish dude had me sign my name a few times on a pad. and i like to read everything i sign an i seen he had skip a part that i had 2 sign again if i wanted the ipad 2. like he didnt want me 2 see it. thanks 2 a lot of blogs like these im not getting fucked over