Depending on which of the new plans you choose, you could end up saving a few bucks, spending roughly the same, or paying through the nose.
Back in June, two months after the iPad launched in 3G and Wi-Fi-only flavors, Fortune recommended that potential buyers skip the 3G option, buy a Wi-Fi version and pair it with a MiFi router instead.
It seems Verizon (VZ) got the hint. On October 28, the largest mobile carrier in the U.S. will start rolling out iPad bundles that couple 16, 32, and 64 GB Wi-Fi-enabled iPads with a Verizon MiFi 2200 router.
iPad-MiFi bundle prices will match Apple's (AAPL) 3G sticker prices dollar-for-dollar: 16 GB for $629, 32 GB for $729, and 64 GB for the $829. Verizon data plans will come in three tiers: 1 GB for $20, 3 GB for $35, and 5 GB for $50.
Depending on which plan you choose, you could end up saving a few bucks, spending roughly the same, or paying far more than other plans from Verizon itself or from competitors because overage penalties could be severe:
While Verizon first-timers need to sign a service agreement, they can pay month-to-month rather than commit to 12 or 24 consecutive months with the carrier. More
Why buy a 3G radio locked into Apple's sleek iPad when Verizon and Sprint's personal high-speed Internet hotspots can be faster and let you bring five gadgets online?
When Steve Jobs brought out the iPad and leisurely flicked, scrolled and swiped his way through web sites and applications before a captive audience last January, he made clear that his latest brainchild was intended as nothing less than the consummate media consumption MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 14, 2010 12:31 PM ET
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