Today is a big day for the iPad in the US. It is now on sale at both Verizon and AT&T retail stores, as Apple continues to amp up its distribution chain as the holiday season hits.
AT&T is selling only the three iPad WiFi + 3G models, which are coincidentally the only ones that offer an on-device potential revenue source for the carrier. Verizon is selling the three WiFi only models, bundled with their MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot router at the same price as the iPad 3G models from AT&T.
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Both AT&T and Verizon will start selling iPads in their retail stores beginning on October 28th.
This is huge news in terms of the whole AT&T vs. Verizon battle, as well as in terms of expansion potential for iOS devices in the US market – as this is the first time since the launch of the iPhone in 2007 that Verizon is going to be selling a mobile device from Apple. My thought is that this just about confirms that we’ll see an iPhone on Verizon within six months.
For the iPad, this has been one hell of a good month for building its retail sales network in the US. Best Buy is now offering the device in all of its stores, Target is now selling it, Walmart starts selling iPads tomorrow, and now it will be sold in both AT&T and Verizon retail outlets as well starting late October.