Apple's iPad coming to AT&T and Verizon stores on October 28th
AT&T said all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available at more than 2,200 AT&T Stores starting October 28. The wireless operator said it will be pitching the tablets alongside its 3G pre-paid data plans complete with Appleâs easy on-device activation and management.
Plans start at $14.99 per month for 250MB and $25 per month for 2GB with no term contract. Both plans include unlimited access to AT&Tâs 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots. The iPads themselves will sell for Apple's suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB and $829 for the 64GB.
âWe look forward to expanding the reach of iPad, allowing even more customers to experience the magic of iPad for themselves,â said Tim Cook, Appleâs COO. âAs we approach the holiday season, we are very happy that customers will now be able to buy iPad Wi-Fi + 3G at AT&T Stores.â
For its part, Verizon will offer only the WiFi versions of the iPad, bundling them with its Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot routers for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi.
Verizon is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for $20 a month. In addition, the carrier will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.
âThis is the perfect pairing for holiday travels,â said John Stratton, chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless. âiPad together with the nationâs largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are.â
Verizon's MiFi 2200 (top, right) providing Internet access to an iPad | Source: Examiner
Verizon's MiFi 2200, pictured above, is small enough to fit in a pocket and allows users to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The MiFi 2200âs rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of active use and 40 hours of standby time on a single charge.