We always knew something was brewing between Apple and Verizon in the past few weeks. What we didn’t realize that it was something to do with the iPad. Apple has now announced on their website that the largest carrier in the US shall now start selling the iPad on their stores starting the 28th of this month. October 28 will also see the iPad hitting AT&T stores.
Quite as one may have expected, the Verizon store will only stock the three variants of the Wi-Fi-only iPad. While these devices can be purchased independently, the devices will also come together with a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot unit to compensate for the lack of 3G connectivity. The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions of the iPad will sell for $629.99, $729.99 and $829.99 (all including the MiFi device). The devices are expected to be available at $499.99, $599.99 and $699.99 without the Mi-Fi unit.
Data availability is not too generous though. The media statement only talks about a $20 a month plan that will give users up to 1GB of data.
Update: In addition to the $20 plan, Verizon has now said that it will also offer $35 and $50 monthly plans that will provide data of 3GB and 5GB respectively. Do note that this discounted rate will only be available to those customers who buy the iPad and Verizon MiFi as a bundle. The plans will not be offered even to those customers who already own a Mi-Fi and choose to only buy a Wi-Fi iPad.