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iPad 2 Arrives on Verizon Wireless, AT&T

Thursday Verizon Wireless said that it will offer the new Apple iPad 2 at select stores nationwide beginning Friday, March 11 at 5pm local time.

According to Verizon, it will provide three models supporting Wi-Fi and its CDMA 3G network including the 16 GB model @ $629.99, the 32 GB model @ $729.99, and the 64 GB model @ $829.99. All three will be available in both black and white, and will be sold unsubsidized without the typical Verizon contract.

Verizon currently offers a 3G data plan in various flavors, ranging from $20 per month to $80 per month. The plans do not require a contract, and can be started and canceled at any time. Verizon's contract-less 3G data plans include 1 GB per month for $20, 3 GB per month for $35, 5 GB per month for $50 and 10 GB per month for $80.

In addition to Verizon's announcement, AT&T also said that it will offer the new iPad 2 on Friday at 5pm local time; online sales will begin at 1am pacific time here. Currently AT&T is listing the older Wi-Fi + 3G models, offering the 16 GB version for $529, the 32 GB version for $629, and the 64 GB version for $729.

But unlike Verizon, AT&T will offer two contract-less options: pre-paid via a credit card, or post-paid via an existing monthly wireless statement. Both options are limited to just two data plans including $14.99 per month for 250 MB and $25 per month for 2 GB. As before, post-paid customers are billed an additional month when exceeding the monthly data allotment, or must pay for an additional month when their pre-paid data feed runs dry.

AT&T also said that iPad 2 hotspot and tethering features will be supported. "The Personal Hotspot feature being introduced with iOS 4.3 is also available to customers who choose the $25 plan plus a $20 tethering option that provides an extra 2 GB of data," the company said.

Apple will reportedly begin taking pre-orders on Apple.com at 4am EST / 1am PST Friday morning. Best Buy, Target and Walmart will also offer the iPad 2 Friday starting at 5PM local time.

  • vintagesax81
    DO NOT BUY AN iPAD 2.0
    To see why:
    http://besttechtoday.blogspot.com/
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  • applerocks
    DO NOT BUY AN iPAD 2.0
    To see why:
    http://besttechtoday.blogspot.com/

    That hack would be a junk compared to the iPad 2. When you think about the dual core cpu, faster graphic capabilities and the fact that Apple has 80+% of the tablet market why put yourself through the pain of hacking an e-reader just to avoid buying a machine that dominates the market place?

    Even if you hate Apple but need a tablet it would make more sense to buy an iPad and use it until a Android has enough marketshare to mount a real competitor.
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  • elemento911
    I'm dying to get a tablet and this will likely be my first. I was just checking out the specs on http://www.tabletpccomparison.com and the iPad 2 is actually pretty impressive. The Xoom still edges it in several aeras but I've read mixed reviews about the Xoom and you can't go wrong with an iPad.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    icrap2
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  • Here is a comparison of these plans over a year and how much you have to pay.

    http://buzzintechnology.com/2011/03/ipad2-data-plans-what-do-you-need-to-know/
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  • sundragon
    Um in processor power and graphics power - the iPad eats the Xoom for lunch, it's 2-3 times as fast across the board on pure CPU and 3D graphics performance....

    I don't understand why the competitors keep aiming at a moving target and missing - I guess they haven't gone hunting before - You aim ahead, not at it... For the same price it's slower, by a huge margin...

    elemento911I'm dying to get a tablet and this will likely be my first. I was just checking out the specs on http://www.tabletpccomparison.com and the iPad 2 is actually pretty impressive. The Xoom still edges it in several aeras but I've read mixed reviews about the Xoom and you can't go wrong with an iPad.
    Reply