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Verizon and Apple announced this morning that the iPad will be sold by Verizon starting Oct. 28 and the offer will include an optional Mi-Fi device - a pocket sized re-broadcaster of a cloud of Wi-Fi sharable by up to four other devices. On the lowest end the Mi-Fi will cost an extra $130 at time of purchase and come with a subscription of 1GB of data for $20 per month. Imagine the iPad parties you're going to have!
Getting Apple wireless devices out of the shadow of terrible AT&T coverage is something people have long waited for. Hopefully a Verizon iPad foreshadows a Verizon iPhone, but even if that somehow weren't the case this iPad news alone is a big deal.
Verizon said last week that the first half of 2011 will bring a massive 4G network and a half-dozen smartphones and tablets to its offerings. The company has also begun to take strides to overcome its un-cool image, launching scores of innovative location and network APIs for developers to build new kinds of apps on top of.
Speculation about the long-term, big picture aside, today's news means one thing: If you've got five friends with iPads, only one of them is going to need Verizon Mi-Fi and you'll all be rocking your WiFi iPads together all over town. Perhaps more likely, you'll be able to roll into a place with laptops and no Wi-Fi and say, "Never fear - I have a magic tablet, with Mi-Fi!"