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Verizon to sell Wi-Fi iPads with MiFi bundles, special plans

updated 08:50 am EDT, Thu October 14, 2010

Verizon gets 1st Apple deal with MiFi iPad bundles

Verizon surprised the industry today by striking an official deal with Apple to carry the iPad in its stores. The deal will use the Wi-Fi models of each but bundle them with a Novatel MiFi 2200 to share a 3G connection with both the iPad and four other devices. Verizon is also offering a special iPad plan that gives these buyers 1GB of data for the MiFi every month for $20.

The deal isn't mandatory and will let users simply walk in and buy a Wi-Fi iPad by itself, the two companies said.

Stores will start carrying the iPad on October 28 and will involve 16GB, 32GB and 64GB MiFi versions that match the price of buying a 3G iPad for AT&T, at $630, $730 and $830 respectively. All versions come without contracts. Buying a Wi-Fi version without the MiFi costs as much as it does from any other channel.

The deal is Apple's first ever with Verizon and immediately lends more credence to leaks detailing a iPhone on Verizon early next year. Most now believe AT&T's exclusive for the iPhone has been shortened, partly due to the iPad. AT&T's sole support for the iPad has so far been considered exclusive due to technical reasons, but it may have also bid for an iPad deal that would have let Apple out of its iPhone terms early in exchange for temporarily dropping plans for an EVDO-native iPad.


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  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000

    +7

    Virgin Mobile

    I've got the Virgin Mobile mifi (same unit as Verizon's) which is $40/month truly unlimited with no 5GB cap. Plus it's prepay so no contracts needed.

    To be honest though, I think 3G on my iPhone is faster.

    And an interesting aside, these Mifi units set up full wifi networks so all 5 devices can talk to each other.

  1. bowwowman

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    Joined: Jun 2000

    +1

    comment title

    ALL your mi-fi m***'s are belong to us anyways, and we will sell them where ever, when ever, and to whom ever we wanna. So just go buy one NOW, and we know that you will like it, because we said you would :)

  1. macnnoel

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    Joined: Feb 2005

    +1

    verizon to customers:

    Bend over---

  1. rtbarry

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    hey idiots

    this isn't so much about verizon and apple doing something significant as it is apple saying FU to ATT. about time.

  1. evdotorrey

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    Joined: Oct 2010

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    iPad & MiFi battery life

    I'm already using the Verizon MiFi with my WiFi-only iPad that I purchased back in April when the iPad launched, it sure beats using AT&T's 3G network! Only problem that I've ran into is that I use these two devices for business throughout the day and found the MiFi battery only lasts a few hours whereas the iPad battery lasts about 8-10 hours on average for me. This was kind of a disappointment but for anyone else that needs their MiFi battery to last as long as the iPad I highly recommend getting an extended life battery More info: http://bit.ly/extendedmifi

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