iPad Coming to Verizon October 28

The iPad is coming to Verizon. It won’t have native 3G, but Verizon has figured out a way around that problem. You can buy an iPad/MiFi Mobile Hotspot bundle. The MiFi Mobile Hotspot allows you to use your Verizon 3G data to broadcast to 5 WiFi-enabled devices, including the iPad.

The iPads seem to track AT&T’s selection, sans 3G. You can get 16GB for $630, 32GB for $730, and 64GB for $830. The MiFi 2200 is included in the price, and requires a data plan. Even with the service agreement, the plans will be available month-to-month without an early termination fee. Verizon’s data plans are $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, and $50 for 5GB. The overages stack in favor of the 3GB or 5GB plans though, with only $10 per additional gigabyte. The MiFi 2200 will not be included outside of Verizon, so don’t rush to the Apple store if you want the bundle. You can also purchase the iPad without the MiFi if you prefer. Verizon’s FAQ says to check verizonwireless.com/ipad for the non-bundled iPad pricing, but it currently just redirects to the announcement page.

With all the rumors of a Verizon iPhone getting stronger, this iPad option certainly seems to lend credence. Verizon figured out a clever workaround for the non-CDMA devices. The MiFi hotspot will get you on Verizon’s network, but will also require you pay for a data plan. A smart move on Verizon’s part, though not necessarily great news for its customers. Needless to say, the iPad is going to be flying off Verizon’s shelves. Christmas has come early for Verizon customers.

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