Earlier today we reported on Sam’s Club beginning to carry the iPad, and we made a brief mention of the announcement today that Verizon stores will also begin selling them. According to the announcement sales will begin on Oct. 28th, but they will only be selling the Wi-Fi versions as the 3G versions only work on the AT&T network, but it still makes you wonder if this is some sort of hint of things to come.
Rumors have been stronger than ever that Verizon is getting the iPhone in the near future, most likely in early 2011, but there has been no definitive evidence yet that anyone can point to and go “A-HA!”. With the news today that Apple will begin selling Wi-Fi iPads through the carriers 2,000 stores beginning later this month, you have to wonder if this is a hint that the two companies are at least on speaking terms for some sort of deals.
Verizon will be selling the iPads as stand-alone devices, or you can pick them up with a Novatel MiFi 2200 which will give you mobile Wi-Fi for $20 a month for 1GB of data. While the stand-alones will sell for the normal Apple prices, those that come with a MiFi will have the following pricing:
- iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi – $629.99
- iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi – $729.99
- iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi – $829.99
It just seems a tad odd that Verizon would suddenly be all excited about selling a device that doesn’t necessarily work with its network unless this is part of some sort of deal of, “If you want the iPhone, you have to help us sell these other devices.” True, perhaps Verizon just wants to ride the iPad popularity wave, but it does strike us as being still a bit of a head scratcher.
What say you? Is Verizon selling the iPad a hint to other things to come?