Verizon, AT&T Stores To Sell iPads10/15/2010 5:02 PM Eastern
Both Verizon and AT&T have announced that they plan to start selling Apple iPads in their stores Oct. 28.
The launch of the tablet device in both companies' stores should boost sales, making iPad apps even more attractive to TV programmers and possibly pre-staging the launch of Apple's iPhone on the Verizon network.
Currently, AT&T is the exclusive carrier for iPhones, but the decision to allow Verizon to sell the iPads could be the beginning of closer business ties between the telco and Apple. Over the last month, unconfirmed reports have suggested that Apple may make a version of its iPhone available on Verizon's wireless network early next year.
Beginning Oct. 28, over 2,000 Verizon Wireless stores will sell the three different models of the iPad bundled together with a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.
The pocket-sized MiFi 2200 allows customers to create a personal Wi-Fi hot spot using Verizon's 3G network that is capable of connecting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.
AT&T will also begin selling all three iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models in its 2,200 stores on Oct. 28.