Mobile service provider Verizon Wireless and Apple announced Thursday in a joint media release that that Apple's iPad tablet will be available at over 2,000 US Verizon Wireless shops beginning October 28.
Verizon will offer three iPad bundles with an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for $629.99 with an iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 with an iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for a package with a iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi.
Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to
1GB of data for $20 monthly, and will also sell the three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis, presumably at the standard Apple price points of of $499, $599, and $699 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB data storage capacities respectively.
Verizon Wireless operates America's largest a 3G data network, and its credit card–size device MiFi 2200 is small enough to fit in a shirt pocket and facilitates creation of a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
The MiFi 2200's rechargeable battery is claimed to provide up to four hours of active use and 40 hours of standby time on a single charge.