Apple Brings…iPad…to Verizon (Bundled with MiFi)

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Apple and Verizon announced Thursday that Big Red will begin selling iPads at 2,000 Verizon Wireless Stores beginning Thursday, October 28th. Apple hasn’t begun making a CDMA equipped iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, but Verizon will instead be bundling the device with a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot Device for roughly the same price as the 3G enabled iPads Apple sells with AT&T.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Verizon Wireless to get iPad into the hands of even more customers this holiday season,” Apple COO Tim Cook said in a statement. “iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before, and together with Verizon Wireless we’re offering an easy way to stay connected wherever you go.”

Verizon will sell iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi for $629.99, iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi for $729.99, and iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi for $829.99. Each of those prices is $0.99 more than the equivalent iPad Wi-Fi + 3G. Verizon will also sell iPads as standalone WiFi-only devices.

Verizon is selling a data plan for the MiFi with this bundle for $20, which will allow customers up to 1GB of data.

Speaking of the MiFi, this is a standalone mobile WiFi hot spot, a little bigger (though much thicker) than a credit card. It connects to Verizon’s network and allows up to five devices at a time to access the Internet through that network. Our own Dave Hamilton wrote about it in July of 2009, for those needing more information.

Verizon has set up a placeholder page advertising the iPad, where the company touts, “All the magic of iPad. All the nationwide power and reliability of Verizon.”

We know, you were looking for an iPhone announcement, but it’s the iPad that will be making its debut under the Verizon banner for now.

iPad + MiFi

iPad + MiFi

Comments

ilikeimac

Can the MiFi be configured from an iPad? I assume the interface is web based?

b0wz3r

Verizon better be licking Apples boots (worm!) after all the sheet they’ve slung at Apple about the iPhone because (as usual) they were too stupid to realize what they were looking at to begin with!

Gareth Harris

Since AT&T has yet to deploy 3G in NM, I dropped my iPhone service which I had since 2007 and got a Verizon MiFi.
I now use Verizon MiFi with my iPad and other devices, plus I take it with me wherever I go.
It is about half the speed of DSL AND I get free phone with Whistle Phone.
I am sure AT&T misses me and is crying since I left.

GregGehr

I think I would be more inclined to pair my (future) iPad with the Virgin Mobile MiFi, which offers a unlimited $40/month “no contract” plan.  That does assume that the Sprint network covers the primary areas where you are going to use it. 

I have had the Virgin MIFI for over a month, used it all over Sacramento, the Humboldt Bay area, and SF, and I have no complaints, works as advertised. It is my ONLY connection at my home in Humboldt.  The Verizon 1gb data cap at $20 (or 5gb at $60) would give me indigestion.

Gareth Harris

ilikeimac

BTW, I had to connect the supplied USB cable to my mac pro to configure the MiFi before I could use it in wireless mode from my iPad.
I often have my iPad, Mac Pro, and TiVo connected since.

You have to watch the 5GB data cap if you use a lot of web or movies.

other side

BTW, I had to connect the supplied USB cable to my mac pro to configure the MiFi before I could use it in wireless mode from my iPad.

I thought the iPad was for non-experts who didn’t have/need computers….

GregGehr

I thought the iPad was for non-experts who didn?t have/need computers?.

You need/will want a computer with a copy of iTunes to activate and manage the iPad.

Intruder

I thought the iPad was for non-experts who didn?t have/need computers?.

Who ever made that statement?

gslusher

I thought the iPad was for non-experts who didn?t have/need computers?.

The comment was about a MiFi device that is NOT made by Apple, nor sold by Apple and NOT specifically designed for the iPad nor any Apple device.

From what I’ve read, it’s possible to use the iPad (or iPhone or iPod touch) without connecting to a computer once it has been activated and set up. Perhaps the people at an Apple store could do that for a buyer who didn’t have a computer.

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