Verizon Wireless says it will start selling Apple's iPad and in its retail stores beginning Oct. 28. Prices range between $629 to $829, according to the company.
The company says it will also offer data plans for the tablet computer for $20 per month, breaking AT&T Inc.'s exclusive hold on Apple's mobile devices.
The deal could give both Apple Inc. and Verizon, the country's largest wireless carrier, a boost going into the holiday shopping season.
Separately, AT&T Inc. says it is also offering the iPad at retail locations for the first time. The carrier has been the exclusive wireless provider for the iPad since its launch earlier this year, offering data plans that start at $15 per month.
Verizon is pretty pumped, too. Here's their main information site and a clip from their press release:
"Verizon Wireless is excited to announce that the iPad will be available at stores on October 28. Verizon will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.00 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad 64GB + MiFi. Verizon is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for just $20 a month. In addition, Verizon Wireless will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models on a stand-alone basis.