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Consumers anxiously awaiting news about the Verizon iPhone should be excited about today’s announcement from Verizon/Apple.  According to Verizon Wireless (Verizon press release), beginning the last Friday in October (28th), shoppers will be able to purchase and Apple iPad and data package at 2,000 Verizon stores nationwide.

The data plan package requires that customers also purchase the Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.  The MiFi 2200 connects the iPad to the Verizon network.  The native iPad will not run on Verizon’s 3G network, necessitating the addition of the MiFi 2200.  Verizon will also sell the iPads as stand-alone units.
Verizon announced three plan packages, one for each of the storage space options available with the iPad, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.  A 1GB data plan starts at $20/month.

BERLIN - SEPTEMBER 02: A visitor tries out the new Samsung Galaxy Tab, a product that has features and looks similar to the Apple iPad, at the Samsung stand at the 2010 IFA technology and consumer electronics trade fair at Messe Berlin on September 2, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The 2010 IFA will be open to the public from September 3-8. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The Verizon/Apple partnership represents the first strike in the wireless tablet market.  Rumors began about two months ago regarding the development of a Google Tablet, powered by Chrome OS and built by HTC (Christian Science Monitor).

Some manufacturers, Lenovo, HP, Asus, offer tablets. However, these tablets are more like small laptops as they have an attached keyboard.

Blackberry and Samsung, in addition to Google, are also planning their own true iPad-like tablets by the end of the year, the Playbook, and the Galaxy Tab, respectively.

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