Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

Summary: Apple and Verizon have been rumored to be in talks over the iPhone, but on Thursday they made a different announcement: the iPad is coming to Verizon stores.

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While the rumor mill about Apple iPhone coming to Verizon Wireless has kicked into high gear again recently, Apple and Verizon made a surprise announcement on Thursday when they revealed that they had reached a deal for Verizon Wireless stores will begin selling the iPad on October 28.

Apple COO Tim Cook said, "We're thrilled to be working with Verizon Wireless to get iPad into the hands of even more customers this holiday season. iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before, and together with Verizon Wireless we're offering an easy way to stay connected wherever you go."

Verizon COO John Stratton said, "This is the perfect pairing for holiday travels. iPad together with the nation's largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are."

However, don't mistake this for an iPad with Verizon's CDMA 3G chips embedded in it. No, it's actually the iPad Wi-Fi, which all U.S. Verizon Wireless stores (over 2,000 locations) will be selling in bundles with a Verizon MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot. The three configurations will be:

  • iPad 16 GB + MiFi = $630
  • iPad 32 GB + MiFi = $730
  • iPad 64 GB + MiFi = $830

This retail pricing may look familiar. It's the same as the iPad 3G models that Apple sells with embedded broadband chips and discounted data plans on AT&T.

That means that you'll pay quite a bit more for the Verizon 3G service ($60/month) than for either the AT&T discount plans for the iPad ($15/mo for 250MB or $25/mo for 2 GB). Of course, you're also getting a Verizon device that you can use to connect your laptop, smartphone, and other devices via Wi-Fi. And, you get access to Verizon's much more widespread 3G network.

But, not to be left out, Verizon will also offer a special monthly access plan to iPad customers for $20/mo for 1 GB of data. The company will also sell the iPad at standard retail price without the bundled MiFi.

While this is not as significant of an announcement as a Verizon 3G (or even better, 4G) iPad would have been, it shows that Verizon and Apple are looking for ways to work together, and so it very well could be the first step toward bringing other Apple products to Verizon's network.

The other important thing to note here is that this is another sign of Apple's ubiquitous retail strategy with the iPad, which was originally only available at Apple Stores and Best Buy (in limited quantities). Apple has recently expanded iPad retail sales to Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and now Verizon Wireless. On Thursday, Apple also announced that AT&T Stores will begin selling the iPad and October 28 as well.

This article was originally published on TechRepublic.

Topics: Networking, Apple, Hardware, iPad, Mobility, Processors, Verizon, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

    This is terribly over priced! The worst part is that the iPad owners won't realize how badly they are getting screwed over. I bought a laptop for less than the cheapest iPad Verizon is offering.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

      @Loverock Davidson You can get a laptop with 3GB of ram, 160GB hard drive, and a 15" display for half the price of the iPad. That's no secret. People don't buy iPads because they are comparably priced with laptops. They buy them because they provide something new, unique, and convenient. An iPad is a great complement to a laptop, not a replacement.
      Tiggster
      • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

        @Tiggster

        I don't find anything new, unique, and convenient about the iPad. The iPad is not a compliment to a notebook. That would be $600 for the notebook and another $600 for the iPad bringing you up to $1200. That's a lot of money considering the laptop can do the same tasks as the iPad. Almost sounds like the iPad is redundant.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

        @Tiggster You're right...I have it to complement my laptop...I can read and study for certs in bed, remote desktop to my office machine and work on it, surf the web, without having to worry about battery life or a horrible heat signature that I would have if I had my laptop.

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        cyberslammer
      • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

        @Loverock Davidson So how do you explain the still-explosive sales of the iPad, and projections of 42 million next year?

        Will you say iPad is a success then, or continue to be in denial like you've been for iPhone and iPod??
        cyberslammer
      • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

        It depends how u use the iPad. With a keyboard and vga connector, it's even a PC replacement

        There's cloud apps like Google Docs and virtualization software like ThinServer. This will allow you to bring your "office" to your iPad

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      • cyberslummer, you don't own an iPad

        or have tons of Apple stock, or whatever else you claim.

        It's apparent, so why come here and lie about everything? ;)
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        @Tiggster Yeah, people love to repeat that "competition is good for users" mantra but it's not true when half of the players in a given market are phoning it in (so to speak.) The half-baked crap being dumped into the market by most of these companies will actually hurt users when they get suckered into buying them. At this point, there are only one or two phones I'd want to own. If there were indeed true competition, with a batch of companies truly trying to compete, not just dumping beta products into the bargain bins in the hopes of snagging the profits of 2-year contracts, then the consumer would benefit. As it stands, not so much.
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      • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

        @Tiggster I'm the same way, I do my best to remain neutral. It's hard, if you communicate with the person the other person dislikes, then you fall out of favor with them! I simple can't dislike a person, just because someone else does, I just can't.
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    • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

      @Loverock Davidson Yes, that's why it's projected to sell 42 MILLION units in 2011...

      You're as technologically incompetent as you are stupid.
      cyberslammer
      • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

        @cyberslammer
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      • Cyberslammer

        @cyberslammer

        Despite his trolling, Loverock still provides more in the way of intelligent thought than your posts do.
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      • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

        @Droid101, Cylon....and you two are pairing up with the biggest shill idiot on the site...Loverock has repeatedly denied the success of the iPhone, iPod, iPad, anything related to Apple he says is a flop even when you show numbers to him...

        He even hailed Vista as the greatest OS Microsoft ever made.

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      • RE: Verizon to sell Apple iPad starting October 28

        <i>You two are just as idiotic as he is.</i><br><br>@cyberslammer<br>That's their jobs. Cylon Centurion 0005 used to be NStalnecker the professional college student.<br><br>How do I know this? Because he was too dumb to create a new account and merely changed his name and avatar and pretended he was someone else.<br><br>Even M$ doesn't train 'em that good. ;)
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      • Droid101, cyberslummer is

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        Someone pointed out that they think jealousy drives his posts, and I'm starting to believe they're right.

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      @Loverock Davidson: You don't find the iPad's instant availability, without waiting forever for a laptop to boot, new and unique? The iPad is not a necessary device, but if you have one, you'll use it constantly!
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