Apple Inc. surprised many by making a deal to have Verizon start selling iPads in their 2,000 stores nationwide. That nearly doubles the iPad's footprint from when iPads were sold in 2,200 AT&T storefronts in malls and stores across America. Three packages bundling Wi-Fi iPads and MiFi moving hotspots are offered.
Add Verizon storefronts to AT&T's stores, plus Wal-Mart, Target, and BestBuy anchor stores, and the front on which the iPad will meet holiday shoppers this season is getting broader and deeper.
Verizon will start selling iPads in stores on Oct. 28 in a “MiFi and iPad Promotional Bundle.” MiFi is a plug-in adapter which creates a moving Wi-Fi hotspot to duplicate and replace, by way of Verizon's cellular networks, what the AT&T product with 3G service included.
The Verizon prices for the "promotional bundles": $629 for the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad and MiFi, $729 for the 32 GB Wi-Fi MiFi iPad, and $829 for the 64 GB Wi-Fi MiFi iPad. Data plans for the MiFi 2200 run from $20 to $50.