Verizon Wireless Gets the iPad, Sort Of

Verizon Wireless Gets the iPad, Sort Of
Verizon Wireless stores will begin selling Apple's iPad on October 28, but without 3G inside.

Instead, the carrier will bundle iPad Wi-Fi models with Mi-Fi 2200 mobile hotspots for the same price as AT&T's iPad 3G models. That means users will have to carry around a second device in their pockets, and the Mi-Fi's four-hour active battery life doesn't nearly keep up with the nine-hour iPad. On the bright side, the Mi-Fi can connect with up to five devices at a time, including laptops.

iPad customers will get special treatment for data. Instead of paying $40 for 250 MB or $60 for 5 GB, Verizon will offer a 1 GB data plan for $20. The press release from Verizon and Apple says nothing about a contract, so I'm assuming users won't need one. AT&T's iPad plans cost $15 for 250 MB and and $25 for 2 GB.

All three iPad sizes will be available, at $629 for 16 GB, $729 for 32 GB and $829 for 64 GB. Verizon will also sell standalone Wi-Fi models. Pricing wasn't given, but they'll probably cost the same as everywhere else: $499 for 16 GB, $599 for 32 GB and $699 for 64 GB.

I know what you're thinking: This is a sure sign that Verizon's getting the iPhone soon. It's certainly a good sign that Apple and Verizon are working together, but keep in mind that Apple still doesn't sell any devices with a CDMA chip for running on Verizon's network. If the Verizon iPad had 3G built-in, it would erase pretty much all doubt for the iPhone. As it stands, I'm guessing AT&T has an exclusivity deal on 3G iPads, and this is all Verizon can do.

Incidentally, AT&T announced that it will start selling the iPad in its stores on October 28.

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