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.
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.