The iPad will finally be available in thousands of Verizon Wireless stores starting October 28! Yes, there’s no stopping the iPad from taking on the largest carrier in the United States.
Verizon will recommend three packages with an iPad Wi-Fi model, along with the MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, a fairly tiny gadget that provides access to Verizon’s 3G network. When Wi-Fi’s not available, iPad owners will have to connect to the MiFi 2200 from the iPad.
The first in the bunch includes a 16GB iPad Wi-Fi and the mobile hot spot for only $630. The 32GB iPad Wi-Fi model plus the hot spot device retails at $730. The third one will be the 64GB Wi-Fi iPad, and you guessed it, the mobile hotspot, retailing at $830. Of course, the consumers have the option of taking away the mobile hot spot from the equation, just in case they already have an existing hotspot for their iPad. Verizon hasn’t shed light on the prices of this option, though. But Apple sells those models for $499, $599, and $699, respectively. So possibly, it will be within that range.
Of course, the mobile hotspot needs a monthly fee for access, so aside from the prices already mentioned, there will be a monthly fee for the Wi-Fi access. Much like the data plans of the usual mobile phones. It will be for $20 a month for 1GB of data. No contract required.
This partnership is definitely a good start for both companies. Speculations have run over when the iPhone will be in Verizon. Maybe in the near future; but still, with the popularity of the iPad, I guess Verizon and Apple really make a good couple, don’t you think?
What do you think about this development? What do you expect from such a partnership? What other things do you like Verizon and Apple to work on?
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