Apple today announced in a press release that iPad will soon be available at Verizon retail stores. It will be available at all the 2,000 retail stores of Verizon in US starting October 28th. Verizon will offer all the current six available models of iPad. These three Wi-Fi iPad models will be bundled with Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot routers.
The current suggested price by Verizon is $629.99 for Wi-Fi 16GB +Mi-Fi version of iPad, $729.99 for Wi-Fi 32GB +Mi-Fi and $829.99 for 64 GB WiFi +MiFi. Verizon Wireless is also offering a monthly plan for their iPad customers of up to 1GB data for $20 a month.
“This is the perfect pairing for holiday travels,” said John Stratton, chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless. “iPad together with the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with Verizon Wireless to get iPad into the hands of even more customers this holiday season,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s COO. “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’s MiFi 2200 is a very small device which can easily fit in your pocket and allow you to make it your personal Wi-Fi hence providing your iPad a high speed Internet connection via Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network. The rechargeable battery of MiFi 2200’s gives up to four hours of active use time and it has a standby time of about 40 hours.
The availability of Verizon as a seller will give iPad buyers another option as it is also available at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club.