The iPad 3G will appear on October 28, 2010 in AT&T and Verizon stores across the nation. An official press release from Apple reveals that a new partnership between Apple and Verizon Wireless will see the iPad make its way to the wireless provider’s store shelves on October 28.
A deal with Verizon means that Apple has indeed been working to get its products on the company’s network. Apple, Verizon, and AT&T have announced today that the iPad will be available at over 2,000 Verizon Wireless stores nationwide and 2,200 AT&T retail locations. They will begin selling the iPad in stores starting next Thursday, October 28th. Verizon will offer a special bundle including a WiFi-capable iPad and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot. 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad, including Apple’s easy on-device activation and management will be offered by AT&T. AT&T is offering all iPad data plans with no contract and including unlimited access to AT&T’s 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
Verizon will be selling the iPad in over 2000 stores across the U.S. for $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi. Chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless John Stratton said that, “this is the perfect pairing for holiday travels.” “iPad together with the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are.”
According to the Apple’s COO Tim Cook, “we’re thrilled to be working with Verizon Wireless to get iPad into the hands of even more customers this holiday season.” He also said that, “iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before, and together with Verizon Wireless we’re offering an easy way to stay connected wherever you go.” “We look forward to expanding the reach of iPad, allowing even more customers to experience the magic of iPad for themselves.” “As we approach the holiday season, we are very happy that customers will now be able to buy iPad Wi-Fi + 3G at AT&T Stores.”
“We can’t wait to showcase the amazing features of iPad Wi-Fi + 3G in our stores across the country,” said Glenn Laurie, AT&T’s President of Emerging Devices, Resale and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. Glenn goes on to say that AT&T’s “breakthrough iPad data plans starting at just $14.99″ offer the best of both worlds combined with “access to AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots around the country at no extra cost.” Definitely a compelling argument.
AT&T will be selling the WiFi + 3G iPad in 2200 of its stores for $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.