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Friday, October 15, 2010, 06:00 am PT (09:00 am ET)

AT&T to help Apple sell iPad to businesses small and large

AT&T said Friday that it will market all three of Apple's iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models directly to businesses of all sizes as part of an initiative to help companies increase productivity and flexibility.

The exclusive U.S. iPhone provider said it will offer attractive post-paid mobile broadband price plans for the iPad which will be available through AT&T business account representatives beginning Thursday, October 28.

Those offers will be available for customers whose AT&T wireless bills are paid for by their employer, while the iPads themselves will be available for corporate purchase with a corporate service subscription from AT&T.

"iPad is a great fit for our enterprise customers across a wide range of industries who are looking for ways to increase business productivity and offer greater flexibility," said Michael Antieri, President, Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "This new offer further strengthens AT&T's commitment to provide businesses with the tools they need to accelerate mobility-led productivity."

The announcement comes just one day after the carrier announced, alongside rival Verizon, that Apple had authorized it to begin selling iPads later this month to mainstream consumers within its brick-and-mortar retail stores.

It's also the latest offer from AT&T's Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions Group, a team which is focused on helping to enable business model transformation through mobile applications, machine-to-machine solutions and mobile services.