While this is no where near as gigantic as a Verizon iPhone 5 deal would’ve been, it still is rather news-worthy: Apple’s smartphone-and-notebook-bridging gadget – the iPad – will be offered by Verizon Wireless and AT&T in the US starting 28th October.
In a press release, Verizon said:
Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that iPad™ will be available at over 2,000 Verizon Wireless Stores nationwide beginning Thursday, October 28. Verizon Wireless will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi. Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for just $20 a month. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.
Verizon will be selling the iPad in three bundles which will differ by storage capacity: a 16GB for $629, the 32GB for $729 and the 64GB version for $829. All three bundles include a Wi-Fi only iPad + Verizon’s 3G-based Mobile Hotspot MiFi which can connect up to 5 Wi-Fi gadgets simultaneously. VZW will also offer the iPads stand-alone i.e. without the MiFi.
This is not contract-based. You’ll be paying $20 per month for a 1GB allowance (pretty low considering you get 2GB with AT&T’s 25$ 3G deal).
AT&T will also start offering the iPad with the exact same rates on the exact same date. AT&T’s iPads will be WiFi + 3G sans the external hotspot.
The iPad will be available from Verizon and AT&T stores across the nation on 28th October. Are you getting one?