The Verizon iPad release date was officially announced on Thursday, and it is much sooner than any industry analyst had predicted. Verizon retail stores will begin selling the hot Apple iPad on Oct. 28, giving the cell carrier a foothold in an entirely different sector of the market.
Up till this time, AT&T had been working with exclusive rights on the iPad, and they were using it as one of their big products to get people to sign up with the company. Now, fresh off the news that Verizon iPhones are coming, the iPad is going to be available to millions of more potential customers.
According to CNN, Verizon Wireless will start selling the Apple iPad in all of its 2,000 plus retail stores by the end of October. The move by Apple to let Verizon start selling the iPad is a really smart one, and it is definitely going to increase the fourth quarter numbers for both companies. By getting the iPad into stores before the Christmas rush really begins, they are going to be able to take advantage of the entire holiday season. As for AT&T, they have to be growing increasingly worried that they are going to lose an entire customer base to Verizon if they aren’t careful with their customer service record.
The Verizon iPhone release date was announced back on Oct. 7, when it was revealed that the new iPhones will go into production before 2010 comes to an end. They also announced that the new iPhones will go on sale during the first quarter of 2011, meaning that by the end of March, Verizon customers will finally get their hands on the iPhone that has only been available through AT&T up to this point. That was the first hurtful news that AT&T heard as we get into the most important quarter of sales in the industry, and now the announcement of the Verizon iPad makes things even worse.
The main reason that the iPad is going to become available so much sooner than the iPhone is that the Apple iPad isn’t designed specifically for a system. It will work on the Verizon network by using a separate mobile hotspot device in order to get hooked up to the Internet. The early look at prices has a 16 GB iPad selling for $630 and a 64 GB product selling for $830 through Verizon. These will both be parts of bundles that also include Wi-Fi and the Verizon mobile hotspot device. Now the question comes as to whether people will enjoy using the iPad more through Verizon or AT&T, and if this new revelation makes a big dent in projected sales through AT&T this quarter.