Verizon to sell Apple's iPad, bundled with MiFi product

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) will start selling the WiFi version of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad tablet later this month, a move that likely will boost iPad sales and intensify speculation that Verizon soon will start selling the Apple iPhone. AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), currently the exclusive built-in 3G service provider for the iPad, also will sell the tablet in its retail stores.

Verizon Wireless is now advertising the Apple iPad on its website.Verizon will begin selling the iPad Oct. 28; the tablet is the company's first Apple wireless product. Recent reports have indicated that Apple is building a CDMA version of the iPhone that Verizon will launch early next year; both companies have declined to comment on the speculation.

The Verizon iPad will come bundled with Verizon's MiFi mobile hotspot device in three different packages: $629.99 for the 16 GB iPad, $729.99 for the 32 GB iPad and $829.99 for the 64 GB iPad. Verizon will offer month-to-month data access of 1 GB for $20 per month. Verizon also will offer all three iPad WiFi models on a stand-alone basis.

Separately, AT&T said it will start selling the iPad 3G model Oct. 28--the device features built-in support for AT&T's cellular network. AT&T offers no-contract 3G data plans for the iPad of $14.99 per month for 250 MB and $25 per month for 2 GB.

Apple has been steadily expanding its retail partners for the iPad ahead of the holiday shopping season. Sam's Club will start selling the iPad soon, and Wal-Mart said the device will be available in all of its stores by mid-November. Best Buy and Target also sell the device.

Apple's retail expansion comes as other companies gear up to release tablets of their own. All four Tier 1 carriers will sell Samsung's Android-powered GalaxyTab during the holiday season.

For more:
- see this Verizon release
- see this AT&T release
- see this CNet article

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