Apple and Verizon on Thursday said the iPad would be available at Verizon stores beginning October 28.
[ad#Google Adsense 300×250 in story]Verizon Wireless will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot. The iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi costs $629.99, the iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi is $729.99, and the iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi costs $829.99.
Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for $20 a month. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a standalone basis.
Verizon said the MiFi 2200 is small enough to fit in a pocket and allows customers 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’s rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of active use and 40 hours of standby time on a single charge.
AT&T will also carry the iPad in its 2,200 stores, the companies announced on Thursday. This really isn’t a big surprise since the companies have been partners with the iPhone for a number of years.
All iPad + 3G models will be available from AT&T beginning October 28. AT&T’s plans also include access to the company’s more than 23,000 domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.