Beginning today, Apple is selling the iPad through Verizon – the first time Apple has formally teamed with the prominent wireless carrier to expand coverage to an iDevice.
Not to be outdone, AT&T – the exclusive iPhone carrier in the US – also began selling the iPad through its retail stores on Thursday.
Considerably more attention, however, is being paid to the Verizon roll out for the iPad, as it suggests the beginning of what could be a bigger relationship between Apple and Verizon.
AT&T will sell all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models with pricing that matches that of Apple’s.
Verizon, conversely, will only carry the iPad with Wi-Fi (not 3G connectivity) and a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot router.
For Verizon customers, the data plans shake out as follows:
- 1GB of data for $20/month
- 3GB for $35/month
- 5GB for $50/month
AT&T’s data plans include:
- $14.99/month for 250MB
- $25/month for 2GB of data
- Free, unlimited access at any of AT&T’s Wi-Fi locations