Apple has updated their iPad page to include it’s pre-order and launch date. Pre-orders will start on March 12th, and the device will arrive either in-store or delivered to your door. The iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.
Leaked documents have also shown that Verizon may be after the iPad to provide service, because the Wi-Fi versions are not specifically AT&T’s to sell. In other words, they don’t have exclusivity to the iPad as they did to the iPhone.
Verizon’s proposal comes with a tradeoff for customers. The company cites the $130 premium carried by 3G-capable iPad models, an upfront cost unnecessary for those customers sticking with Wi-Fi models for use with Verizon’s data plans. Alternatively, those customers could purchase a MiFi device for as little as $49.99 from Verizon, but that pricing requires a two-year data contract in comparison to the 3G-capable iPad’s contract-free data plan pricing. [MacRumors.com]
Verizon’s MiFi proposal does require, however, that users carry a separate device in addition to their iPad. And on the pricing front, the two-year MiFi contract is priced at $39.99 per month for 250 MB of data or $59.99 per month for 5 GB of data, significantly higher that AT&T’s contract-free iPad-only data plans priced at $14.99/250 MB or $29.99/unlimited per month.