Apple iPads are coming to Verizon & AT&T stores starting October 28th

Apple iPads are coming to Verizon & AT&T stores starting October 28th
Call it one surprising shocker out of nowhere this morning as Apple is taking a big dive in furthering the reach of their beloved iPad by bringing it out to the top two powerhouses in the country. Both AT&T and Verizon officially announced today that they will begin to sell all six versions of the iPad in their retail locations across the country starting Thursday, October 28th. Although it might not have been too much of a surprise to see AT&T getting the popular tablet, especially when they provide the service for the 3G enabled versions, but Verizon's announcement of offering the same models is a shocker in itself. With so much questions and rumors regarding Verizon and Apple in talks about potentially bringing the iPhone, this move to offer the iPad strongly solidifies the notion that the relationship is there between the two giants and that anything is possible at this point.

AT&T customers can purchase either the Wi-Fi only and 3G enabled iPads for their customary pricing. As for service though, buyers will have the option of either siding with a $14.99 per month plan which offers a paltry 250MB of data or the $25 per month option which provides for a reasonable 2GB data allotment per month. Obviously, the great thing about the iPad data plan is that it doesn't require you to sign a contract at all – so you can seemingly use service with the 3G enabled one whenever you feel like it. Pricing for the 3G iPads are going for Apple's suggested retail price – so that means $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB one, and finally $829 for the 64GB version. Apple COO Tim Cook said, “We look forward to expanding the reach of iPad, allowing even more customers to experience the magic of iPad for themselves. As 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.”

Conversely, Verizon appears to be doing something on their end to still tie in their service with the iPad. Regardless, it'll be interesting to see how sales go with the Wi-Fi only models – especially when it's going to be bundled in with their Mi-Fi units. Specifically, Big Red will be providing its Mi-Fi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot routers with the Wi-Fi only models. Pricing breaks down to $629.99 for the Wi-Fi iPad + Mi-Fi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + Mi-Fi, and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + Mi-Fi. Now what's interesting with it is that Verizon's data plan with the Mi-Fi unit is going to be set at $20 per month which will provide owners 1GB of data. But if you prefer to just purchase an iPad without the bundle, Verizon will still sell it to you on a standalone basis. John Stratton, chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless said, “This is the perfect pairing for holiday travels. iPad together with the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are.”

With some serious competition looming in the horizon, this would naturally help enable the iPad to obtain a greater reach of customers. It'll especially be enticing for Verizon since they can now say with whole heart that they sell Apple products in their stores. Looking further down the road, there are obvious signs that Apple and Verizon indeed might collaborate in finally bringing the beloved iPhone to a whole new range of customers. Still, the iPad's arrival in both AT&T and Verizon stores nationwide will continue to stretch out its tight grip in the tablet market.

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49 Comments

1. icesick06

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I have to say, I did not see this one coming.

2. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Ditto

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

me neither!!!!

42. verizon employee unregistered

yeah i work for verizon and i had this paper on my desk, it really surprised me as well!

4. Geezy03

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

hmm interesting

5. androiddev unregistered

useless

6. Virtual unregistered

Apple just trolled every analyst that declared that Verizon would release the iPhone 4 soon.

7. Holyshit unregistered

No fucking way.

8. uofmrules

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 11, 2010

As cool as this is, it would only matter if you could get the 3G version from Verizon. I dont see many people wanting to buy a separate unit with the a contract on top of buying the iPad.

20. phonegirl85 unregistered

According to Verizon's website the MiFi will not require a contract but will be on a month-to-month basis. http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/ipad.jsp

31. uofmrules

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 11, 2010

The reason it's month to month is because they're charging you retail for the MiFi. It's bundled into the price of the iPad.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

concidering the ipad pricing is identicle for both carriers, then it would be a good assumption that the VZW version is the better value, since ur getting the MiFi with it for "free". Of course its got half the data plan attached to it as its ATT variant, but u sure as heck will be able to use it in more places since the only place u would use the MiFi would be like in the car since WiFi is all over the place now.

44. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Ummm, you call 20.00/1GB a great value...wow.....

47. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

I call it a great value...seein as At&t's $15 plan is maxed out at 250MB. Do you call $25 for 2GB a great value?

9. XxVerbalxX unregistered

the way this is worded it seems you cant get a 5 gb plan for 59.99 on the mifi? and after all the rumors about an apple iphone partnership with verizon you are all shocked about this? really? how many rumors would it take about apple and verizon b4 this didnt really surprise you?

21. phonegirl85 unregistered

It looks like the 1GB plan is only one pf the options. You can also get 3GB for $35 or 5GB for $50. At least if I'm reading the website correctly. http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/ipad.jsp Click on frequently asked questions and it lists all of the data plan options

39. XxVerbalxX unregistered

phone girl huh? how u doin? *flex* *droop* *cry*

10. XxVerbalxX unregistered

the way this is worded it seems you cant get a 5 gb plan for 59.99 on the mifi? and after all the rumors about an apple iphone partnership with verizon you are all shocked about this? really? how many rumors would it take about apple and verizon b4 this didnt really surprise you?

11. XxVerbalxX unregistered

the way this is worded it seems you cant get a 5 gb plan for 59.99 on the mifi? and after all the rumors about an apple iphone partnership with verizon you are all shocked about this? really? how many rumors would it take about apple and verizon b4 this didnt really surprise you?

12. XxVerbalxX unregistered

-1 on myself. stupid phone arena freezing on me

13. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Since there's no CDMA Ipad yet. It's like getting a regular wifi ipad from wherever and a vzw mifi. Unless they end up subsidizing it.

14. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Why deal with verizon's shit contract. just get the virginmobile mifi and UNLIMITED data. I stand corrected. Verizon is doing month to month???? WOW they must really be feeling the heat from the better carriers out there.

18. Ihatehawk62 unregistered

why must you be so negative all the time? I swear all you do is complain 24/7. Sure, some places those prepaid carriers work, but people want this device for portability, many many millions of people believe in Verizon's coverage. Quit hating, all you are doing is pretending to not believe VZW is the best, most expensive, but best. quit being a jackass. thanks

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Better carriers? You mean like AT&T, which only offers a 2 gig limit MAXIMUM on its iPhones? Because you're right, it's so horrible that Verizon still offers unlimited data on smartphones and probably will continue to do so. Boo hoo. Stupid fuck who broke your Verizon contract after TWO months instead of one because you can't work an Android phone. Now you come and bitch and moan and moan and bitch because you burned yourself.

29. jtucker1987

Posts: 89; Member since: May 06, 2010

If you think about it the Verizon 3G plans are not that great but they are decent. 1 gig for 20 month with $20 for an extra gig, 35 for 3 gigs (same as att with 25 for 2 gigs and 10 for an extra gig) with $10 for an extra gig, 5 gigs for 50 which is the only plan that really saves you money compared to att and it only saves you $5. You can also think of it this way, pay $35 for 3 gigs and get 3G almost everywhere!! I think the best deal here is the 3 gig plan since it syncs with att and you get 4 times as much 3G :). If verizon does tier data in the future it will be good that they have plans like this. This is the way it should be. Sorry I know I am rambling and probably making no sense, I am in a rush to write all of this. This could hurt samsung galaxy tab sales at verizon. Now people can get a MIFI, use verizon, and the ipad. Isn't this what people have been waiting for all along? It is obvious that the iphone is coming next year to verizon. This is just the start.

33. jimmyjohnss unregistered

verizon is going to be switching to capped data plans as well. Def still the best service out there but if you were putting off getting a smartphone dont wait too much longer. caps are coming and soon!

36. jtucker1987

Posts: 89; Member since: May 06, 2010

Yea but if you think about it the caps will be reasonable like they are with the iPad. Its not like they are going to charge $40 for 1 gig. With 4G you will probably get more data with reasonable prices. $10 for an extra gig is kinda cheap when considering they used to charge 0.05/mb overage.

15. yankees2071

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2010

Will not be available for sale from the indirect channel. Afraid this will be the case for the iphone as well...if VZW ever gets it.

30. VZWbamf

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 11, 2009

True

32. uofmrules

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 11, 2010

I find that hard to believe. The majority of Verizon stores are indirect channels. They would be shooting themselves in the foot by doing that.

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