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Verizon Offering iPad 3 Online, Offline This Friday

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 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?

  • coreym72
    Sorry, but if I can't talk, tether, or connect to other devices (telescope) via USB or COM this internet toy isn't worth it.
  • "Have you seen our new and exciting products? They're so......exciting!"
  • acadia11
    Nope, I don't want it. I'm actually tired of apple, believe it or not.
  • @acadia11

    there's an app for that....

    sorry couldn't help it
  • del35
    I am soooo tired of hearing of the disgusting Apple brand. Give us news of serious inovations and stop with this Apple crap.
  • kawininjazx
    Funny, all Android 4G devices are getting double data for free on Verizon, not gonna happen for Apple 4G huh?
  • BruceOTB
    Type away apple haters!
  • applerocks
    acadia11Nope, I don't want it. I'm actually tired of apple, believe it or not.Yet somehow your not tired enough of Apple to stop posting on Apple based stories?
  • halcyon
    While I understand that many are excited about any news surrounding Apple or its wares I don't believe many of THG's readers belong in that group.

    The 3rd generation iPad is a much anticipated device by a lot of people. I feel for the readers of THG that are prejudiced against Apple or just don't care for/dislike the company (for whatever reason) and don't want to see any news regarding Apple.

    However, as you know, Apple is a tech company and they sell wares that man many many seem to enjoy so I can only suggest that if you dislike Apple or the news surrounding them that you ignore it. I don't imagine THG is going to censor/filter what they publish to accommodate you anytime soon.
  • obsama1
    "iPad 3"