Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless to Sell the Apple iPad

Apple’s iPad is wildly popular and both AT&T and Verizon Wireless will start selling them in their own stores. A Verizon iPad!? Yes, you read that right. No, the iPad is not getting CDMA technology quite yet like everyone knows its little brother the iPhone 4 will be getting, but Verizon will be bundling Wi-Fi models with a mobile Mi-Fi hotspot device for $630, $730 and $830 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models respectively. AT&T and Verizon will start selling iPads on October 28th.

AT&T finally getting to sell the iPad in its own stores is not a big surprise at all. After all, iPad models with 3G radios already are locked into AT&T’s network if you decide to use the service instead of just Wi-Fi. Anyone else thinks Verizon getting this is just one of many signals that the company is getting the iPhone soon? Me too.

Verizon’s solution to the iPad 3G model not being compatible with their CDMA network is their Mi-Fi mobile hotspot, which will be bundled. It will cost you $20 a month to use the service without contract and your monthly data limit cap is a decent 1 GB. As one who has used Verizon’s 3G network cards quite extensively, I can say their data service is pretty good. I have played Halo 3 on an Xbox 360 through it (internet sharing laptop with the card to Xbox 360 via Ethernet) without too much lag. How many wireless data providers can say that?

Don’t forget that Target will be selling the iPad soon too. As will Walmart and even Amazon. Apple might have finally gotten its iPad supply channels in line and is ready to start pushing this through more retailers. That will only help boost sales.

Of course, the iPad 2 is rumored to be right around the corner. It is widely expected to be faster, have front and rear facing cameras and possibly come in both 9.7” and 7” models. Apple sees that its iPad is looking to be as popular as its iPhone and iPad and obviously wants to start cashing in on this new market. How long ago was anyone talking about tablets? Not until Apple put out the iPad.

So you have two choices now for a 3G enabled iPad: AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Have a preference? Let me know which one you will be looking at, or just holding out to get an iPhone on Verizon.

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