Verizon launches the iPad today

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Verizon has officially launched the iPad across America in its retail stores, making this the first Apple device available with another carrier other than AT&T in U.S.

Verizon will offer all three flavours of the Wi-Fi-only iPad, including 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, but will not be offering the 3G-enabled iPad. However, Verizon will be selling the MiFi2200 Mobile Hotspot with its iPad, allowing you to take your iPad almost anywhere in America where Verizon has coverage.

Unfortunately, you'll have to carry around the Verizon MiFi device, but in doing so, you can connect multiple devices including your mobile phones and laptops. MyFi from Verizon supports up to five devices simultaneously.

There is no price difference between either company, but with Verizon you can support up to five WiFi-enabled devices at a time, but you'll have to carry the MiFi2200 device around with you. Prices for the iPad through Verizon are listed as:

  • 16GB model $629.99
  • 32GB model $729.99
  • 64GB model $829.99

Verizon is offering customizable monthly data plans:

  • 1GB for $20.00 and $20.00 per GB overage
  • 3GB for $25.00 and $10.00 per GB overage
  • 5GB for $50.00 and $10.00 per GB overage
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Why is it discounted to buy 3 GB per month, but not 5 GB per month? If anyone buy's the 5 GB, then they're idiots.

I love how it costs the same as getting the integrated 3G with AT&T, but somehow I feel like walking around with a 3G iPad versus an iPad with a 3G hotspot kind of pays for itself.

Maybe it's the anti-Verizon in me, but this screams of a terrible deal. I will never use 5 GB, or even 2 GB on my phone, as long as it's not being used as a modem.

However, I could if I were using it as a mobile hotspot and I was traveling. I have to keep asking, but why are data plans getting more expensive?

Hmm.. Unless something was typed wrong.. wouldn't the 3GB be better than the 5GB even if you went the overage route.. $25 (3GB) plus 2x $10 GB (2GB) overage < $50 GB (5GB)..

itsthenewDC said,
Hmm.. Unless something was typed wrong.. wouldn't the 3GB be better than the 5GB even if you went the overage route.. $25 (3GB) plus 2x $10 GB (2GB) overage < $50 GB (5GB)..

ha,i hate verizon

itsthenewDC said,
Hmm.. Unless something was typed wrong.. wouldn't the 3GB be better than the 5GB even if you went the overage route.. $25 (3GB) plus 2x $10 GB (2GB) overage < $50 GB (5GB)..

I noticed that as well. I think it is because $25 is the perfect amount to pay for mobile Internet, but there are some people who will see 5GB and freak out, instantly buying that package instead. As such, they over-charge incredulously and make bank.

I am just waiting to see how the Galaxy tab does since it will be available on most, if not all, US providers as well as a wifi only version.

Still never understood why Apple limits who can sell their stuff....

Quick Shot said,
I don't like the fact you have to lug that MiFi cancer maker with you...

Cancer maker? Wifi is all around you, and the iPad has to send and receive data just the same.

_DP said,
Cancer maker? Wifi is all around you, and the iPad has to send and receive data just the same.
I don't think you get it. High intensity EM signals have proven to have caused mutations at the cellular level, which have a high probability of causing cancer cell production. Do you have any idea how much power it takes to get your signal from your cell phone to the cell tower miles away? Carrying cell phones with 3G or WiFi on are potential "cancer makers" because you keep them very close to your body and the signals emitted from the phones are extremely high intensity. The longer you have such items near/touching your body, the higher the chance of producing cancer cells. Believe it or not everybody has cancer cells. They either die because they can't survive in the body's environment or get killed by the body's immune system if it can detect it. The ones that don't get detected by the immune system cause the deadly cancers, which you hear about.

Mi-Fi can be considered "cancer maker prime" because it emits both Wi-Fi and 3G signals at the same time and serves several devices on Wi-Fi.