Verizon will start selling iPads on Oct. 28, the companies announced today. Holy moly! Verizon is bundling its Wi-Fi-only iPads with a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, which shakes out to be the same as a Wi-Fi+3G one from AT&T – except that you have to carry around a pocket-sized mobile hotspot that only gets four hours of battery life. The pricing is about the same as AT&T, too: $629.99 for the 16GB, $729.99 for the 32GB, and $829.99 for the 64GB. Verizon will also sell the stand-alone, no-data-plan devices, but those prices haven’t been released yet. (Presumably they’ll still be $499, $599, and $699.)
The data plan Verizon’s offering isn’t quite as good as AT&T’s – $20 per month for 1GB, versus $15 for 1 or $25 for 2 – but its 3G network is substantially better than AT&T’s, so it all kinda comes out in the wash.
So does this mean the iPhone is the next device to cross the great divide? Well…maybe. Verizon’s iPad isn’t CDMA, hence the additional device to connect to its 3G network. Adding a boondoggle to an iPhone isn’t a viable solution for Verizon. But! The end of the AT&T-only reign is here – and iPhones can’t be too far behind.
Okay, PopWatchers: Are you buying an iPad now, or what?