Gadget retailer RadioShack will begin selling Apple's iPad 2 at 500 of its stores beginning tomorrow.
This marks one of the first retailers outside of the original U.S. launch group to begin selling the hot new tablet, as well as the first time any iPad will be available at RadioShack.
Blog MacRumors was the first to break the news earlier today, posting an internal notice that had been sent to RadioShack employees. It depicted an iPad 2 unit being unveiled from behind a red curtain. CNET confirmed the news with a representative for RadioShack who said "we are thrilled that iPad 2 will be available at 500 RadioShack locations across the country starting tomorrow, March 29."
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
RadioShack has not yet said which locations will be getting iPad 2 units, though the same company representative told CNET such information will go live on RadioShack's site tomorrow morning. In the meantime, the company is advising customers to call their local store to see if it will be carried. The 500 stores are a little more than 20 percent of the retailers' footprint.
This marks the first time RadioShack will sell the iPad. The company has been one of Apple's retail partners since late 2009 when it began selling the iPhone 3G and 3GS in its retail stores. The retailer had also sold Apple's latest iPhone at a $50 discount, as well as offered a trade-in program for buyers to get a deeper discount on a handset upgrade by turning in their previous-generation iPhone.
The iPad 2 continues to be a hot commodity, with units selling out in the U.S. where it launched, and in the 25 countries where it went on sale . Apple has still not disclosed how many units it's sold.
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