Verizon Launches iPad Today
For Verizon fans, today is the big day. As of Thursday morning, Apple is now selling the iPad through Verizon, marking the first iDevice relationship with a carrier other than AT&T in the US. An equally important point worth noting - although one that has taken a backseat to the Verizon headline - is that AT&T is also selling the iPad through its retail stores starting today.
Here's the breakdown of what both are offering. AT&T will stock all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models. Pricing will be identical to that of Apple's. Verizon, on the other hand, will only carry the iPad with Wi-Fi and a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot router. No difference in price from AT&T and Apple.
With regard to options for data plans, Verizon customers have a few choices. You can purchase 1GB of data on the iPad for $20/month, 3GB for $35/month, or 5GB for $50/month. Verizon's iPad does NOT come with built-in 3G. Therefore, you'll need the MiFi mobile router if you're planning on doing any browsing in the absence of a Wi-Fi connection. AT&T, on the other hand, is serving up data plans a little differently. You can go with $14.99/month for 250MB or $25/month for 2GB of data (no term contract). Naturally, you can also connect at will with unlimited access to any of AT&T's many Wi-Fi locations.