After the announcement that it will sell the Apple iPad earlier today, Verizon has provided additional details on the data plans that it will offer with its MiFi-iPad bundles when they become available at Verizon retail stores on October 28th. In addition to the $20/1GB plan, Verizon will also offer a $30/3GB plan and a $50/5GB plan. These plans are significantly less than Verizon’s current MiFi plans which cost $35 for 250MB of data and $60 for 5GB of data.
To encourage customers to select the higher-priced data-only plans, Verizon is staggering the overage charges on these iPad-Mifi plans. The less expensive $20 plan will incur a charge of $20 per additional GB used; while the more expensive $35 and $50 plan will incur a charge of $10 per GB. Similar to AT&T, Big Red’s iPad-MiFi plans are available on a month-to-month basis and do not include an early termination fee.
Unfortunately these inexpensive plans are only available for customers that purchase an iPad with a MiFi hotspot. Verizon customers that buy either device separately will not be eligible for these discounted plans. The bundles are priced reasonably- the 16GB iPad WiFi and a MiFi will cost $629, a price point that matches the cost for a 3G-enabled version of Apple’s popular tablet. Verizon is basically selling its MiFi device for a discount and without a contract to encourage sales of Apple’s tablet device. By itself, a MiFi costs over $200 without a contact and includes a $60/5Gb data plan. Anyone going to jump the gun and snag one of these bundles when the iPad debuts later this month?
[Via Apple Insider]