Verizon Wireless recently announced it will begin selling Apple's iPad in retail stores on October 28. The move is causing some to further speculate the partnership paves the way for a Verizon iPhone.
But the iPad will not be offered to run Verizon's 3G network. Instead, the company is bundling the tablet with its MiFi mobile hotspot modem.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Verizon Wireless to get iPad into the hands of even more customers this holiday season,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer.
According to the Washington Post, customers can purchase the iPad with the hotspot bundle for $629.99 for the 16GB model, $729.99 for the 32GB model and $829.99 for the 64GB model. The company will also offer the tablet without the MiFi bundle for those who choose to use the device with personal or public wireless networks.
Rumors of a Verizon and Apple partnership picked up steam at the recent Cellular Telephone Industries Association conference in San Francisco. There, reports resurfaced of iPhone coming to Verizon in early 2011. Some believe the provider may offer the iPhone following the deployment of its LTE 4G network, set to begin at the end of this year.