Thursday marks the first day Verizon Wireless and AT&T offer the iPad. The two carriers are just the latest outlets for Apple’s extensive push to sell the tablet during the all-important holiday period. Earlier this month, the Cupertino, Calif. company unexpectedly announced Verizon would sell the iPad, alongside its longtime partner AT&T. The move only fuels speculation Verizon will soon also offer customers a CDMA version of the iPhone.
AT&T customers can purchase all three iPad models at the usual price, while Verizon subscribers will get a Wi-Fi iPad bundled with the carrier’s MiFi mobile hotspot. As for data plans, AT&T offers a 250MB per month deal for $14.99 or a $25 per month option with 2GB. Subscribers also receive unlimited access to AT&T’s more than 23,000 U.S. Wi-Fi hotspots.
Verizon customers can choose among three plans to go along with the Wi-Fi iPad: $20 per month for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, or $50 for 5GB of data. Because Verizon does not offer the 3G iPad, customers will need to use the bundled MiFi. Numerous reports suggest Verizon could begin selling the iPhone in 2011. Apple is reportedly ramping-up production of a CDMA version of its popular handset, potentially aimed at supplying the carrier.