It might not be the often rumored, long-anticipated Apple-Verizon announcement that the smartphone world has been waiting for, but it could very well be a sign of things to yet to come. Apple and Verizon announced today that the popular iPad will be sold through the more than 2,000 Verizon retail stores starting on Thursday, Oct. 28. The popular Apple tablet will be offered through Verizon in its current 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions for $630, $730, and $830 respectively.
The Verizon-sold iPads for now will be Wi-Fi-only models, and will offered as a bundle with Verizon’s MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, a separate pocket-sized unit that creates a personal Wi-Fi cloud through Verizon’s own 3G network. That means you’ll have to carry the MiFi device along with the iPad to be able to match the functionality of AT&T’s Wi-Fi + 3G iPad, which ships with an internal 3G chip. However, MiFi will support up to five simultaneous connections. There will be just one data plan option offered through Verizon: 1GB monthly data allowance for $20 with no contract attached. They will also be sold without the MiFi data plan on a standalone basis.
Not to be outdone, AT&T also announced that the iPad will go on sale at the more 2,200 AT&T stores on the same day, for the same unit prices. AT&T will offer the Wi-Fi + 3G version with no-commitment data plans of 250MB and 2GB, for $15 and $25 respectively, and the Wi-Fi only versions as well.
While not the iDevice announcement the world has been waiting for, it’s certainly a strong indicator of Apple’s willingness to do business with a mobile carrier not named AT&T. Can the Verizon iPhone be too far away?