On Tuesday Verizon Wireless announced that it will offer Apple's new iPad (3) with Wi-Fi + 4G nationwide on Friday, March 16. All three models will supposedly be available at launch --16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB -- with "a range of attractive data plans." Tablet pricing starts at $629.99 USD whereas data plans start at $30 USD.
"Customers have been enthusiastic over the iPad on our 3G network and we expect even more excitement for the new iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network," said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. With more and more customers depending on their iPad for business, as well as personal use, it is important that they have a network that delivers high speed and reliability, nationwide."
Verizon also said that it will support the new tablet's Personal Hotspot feature, meaning owners will be able to share the iPad's 4G LTE connection with up to 5 additional devices using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB connections. As previously reported, other iPad features include the super-sharp Retina display, Apple's A5X SoC with quad-core graphics, a 5MP iSight camera, a 10-hour battery life and more.
Postpaid data packages start at $30 for 2 GB per month, and includes a 5 GB allowance for $50 per month and a 10 GB allowance for $80 per month. The rate after the monthly allowance is $10 for every 1 GB. As for the tablets, it's business as usual with a $629.99 pricetag for the 16 GB model, $729.99 for the 32 GB model and $829.99 for the 64 GB model.
Customers can buy the new iPad at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at verizonwireless.com/ipad beginning Friday, March 16. Yet given that Apple sold out of pre-order units online in no time at all, we're betting the same will happen with Verizon.
"Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts," an Apple spokeswoman said on Sunday. Currently potential consumers can purchase the new tablet through Apple's brick-and-mortar stores, but chances they'll need to camp out now to even get a chance of obtaining the highly coveted gadget. Will that hold true with Verizon's stock as well?