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  • Verizon to Sell 3G iPads with MiFi


    Apple announced today that Verizon Wireless and AT&T will both will begin selling 3G iPads in their stores on October 28. In an interesting twist, Verizon is bundling iPads with its MiFi mobile 3G hotspot device - which it's offering at a deep discount - and offering a new, cheaper data plan. Following close on the heels of rumors about an arrangement for Verizon to sell the iPhone, the news appears to indicate a closer working relationship between Verizon and Apple.

    The Novatel MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot is a portable, battery-powered EV-DO radio with a wireless base station built into it that allows you to make "a personal Wi-Fi cloud" as Verizon's press release puts it. You can connect up to five WiFi-enabled devices, so you can also use it to connect your laptop on the go.. when you're not using your new iPad that is. Verizon claims that the MiFi 2200's rechargeable battery will give up to four hours of active use and 40 hours of standby time.

    Verizon's prices for its bundles are the same as the 3G iPad at AT&T:
    • iPad 16 GB + MiFi=$629
    • iPad 32 GB + MiFi=$729
    • iPad 64 GB + MiFi=$829

    Given that the MiFi retails for $269 without contract, this means that Verizon's cutting $130 off the price in order to compete with AT&T. A 1GB data plan is available without a contract for $20 a month, which is a pretty good deal compared to the normal $40 for 250MB and $60 for 5GB plans. Especially given that you get the ability to connect more than just one device to Verizon's much more widespread 3G network, this is should sell lots of iPads.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon to Sell 3G iPads with MiFi started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. editwizard's Avatar
      editwizard -
      Actually a USAToday article states that Verizon will sell only the wifi model, not the 3G. So that would make sense why they would bundle it with their own mifi 3G solution at the same price.

      Don't discount the usefulness of the GPS in the 3G iPad - it's a great feature.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Very crazy, didn't see this coming
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by EskimoRuler View Post
      Very crazy, didn't see this coming
      what is so crazy about it?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      me i don't care what they do. i cancelled my at&t contract paid them ETF fees ,got my self a simple mobile sim card with a $ 40 plan no contract. save your self a bunch of money.sounds like a geico commercial hahahahah.
      Who did you get a prepaid sim card though?? and do you have a data plan?

      Quote Originally Posted by editwizard View Post
      Actually a USAToday article states that Verizon will sell only the wifi model, not the 3G. So that would make sense why they would bundle it with their own mifi 3G solution at the same price.

      Don't discount the usefulness of the GPS in the 3G iPad - it's a great feature.
      Also they would need a whole different hardware layout for a 3G compatible CDMA version of the ipad, so why the hell would they sell a 3g version that would not work right? Or am i missing something here? F U verizon!

      Thank you MyWi and my iphone 3gs!
    1. yuntanman's Avatar
      yuntanman -
      I love how the post says this should sell a lot of ipads given that verizons 3G speeds are terribad and for 5 bucks less than AT&T you get half the FAA allotment and also you have to carry around a puck for your 3G data connection haha I say nay!
    1. rj5570's Avatar
      rj5570 -
      ya, I have been doing this since I got my iPad WiFi. The only problem is that you do not get GPS. so it defeats the purpose of using it as a map on car trips.

      I wish they released the iPad WiFi with a real GPS. I feel a bit cheated since that was not advertised correctly. They made it look like that you still have GPS with the WiFi iPad.

      Also, if you tether your iPad to your iPhone, it will not use location.

      that is my only beef!

      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Who did you get a prepaid sim card though?? and do you have a data plan?



      Also they would need a whole different hardware layout for a 3G compatible CDMA version of the ipad, so why the hell would they sell a 3g version that would not work right? Or am i missing something here? F U verizon!

      Thank you MyWi and my iphone 3gs!
      Verizon is selling only the WiFi iPad not the 3G
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      At first I was like wtf no way, then I realized that once again I was horribly misled by the title. For shame...
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      I realized that once again I was horribly misled by the title. For shame...
      Much like all these Verizon iPhone titles we've been seeing for 2+ years now with nary a Verizon compatible iPhone to be had?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      much like all these verizon iphone titles we've been seeing for 2+ years now with nary a verizon compatible iphone to be had?
      you wait man its happening. The 2030934059345th time is the one that counts
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      MIFI??? WTF? u mean wifi?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jordanemmet View Post
      WOW! Who expected this at all!?

      A strategic partnership between Apple and Verizon, never thought we'd see the day. That's a great deal on data compared to the BS tiered data that AT&T offers..
      $20 for 1GB at Verizon or $25 for 2GB at ATT. How can you argue that ATT's plan is strictly worse?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I have tried Verizon and although I love the Mifi, their data speeds are lacking. They tout the largest 3G network in the U.S., but AT&T's speeds spank Verizon. Granted, AT&T's network is smaller.
    1. AnthonyGiola's Avatar
      AnthonyGiola -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      Maybe all the Verizon rumors are true and all the Messany haters will eat crow.
      Maybe, or more likely it will never happen if it does happen it took years + at least 10000 hate messany comments lol.
      xD Messany it will happen eventually!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      It's been almost TEN HOURS and the title has not been corrected.