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iPad Now Available from Verizon and AT&T

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We told you about it earlier this month, and the day has finally arrived: The iPad is now available for sale at both Verizon Wireless (coupled with a MiFi 2200) and AT&T (where it uses the native 3G data plan).

Engadget is reporting that Thursday, October 28 has finally arrived, and with it, Apple’s iPad is wrapping up a pretty big month for the device retail-wise. After landing in both Target and Wal-mart (not to mention all of the Best Buy stores that didn’t already have it), the tablet is now available for sale at wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T.

Verizon Wireless announced earlier this month that they were taking on the iPad, but in an interesting twist, they’re selling the Wi-Fi only model bundled with one of their MiFi 2200 mobile hotspots. Verizon pricing is 9 for the 16GB model, 9 for the 32GB model and 9 for the 64GB model, and their no-contract data plans are pretty fair at for 1GB, for 3GB or for 5GB. Unfortunately, you can’t get that data plan pricing by buying the MiFi alone — it’s a special deal for iPad buyers only.

Of course, if you don’t want an extra device to carry around (even though the MiFi is impossibly small to begin with) and are looking for the “real deal” 3G-equipped model, head over to one of the AT&T retail stores and be prepared to drop the same dough for the all-in-one model.

AT&T’s U.S. data plans are the same — per month for 250MB or for 2GB. The telco is also offering international data plans for the iPad, but truthfully we don’t see them getting used by anyone with at least a modicum of common sense, especially when the four plans start at for a mere 20MB and don’t get much better when they top out at a whopping 0 for 200MB. Not to mention the fact that there are so many free hotspots all around the world now. You have been warned!

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AT&T Lands Triple Profits; iPhone Subscriptions Drop


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Perhaps it’s a sign that AT&T’s hold on the iPhone is finally starting to ease. Despite AT&T posting large profits in the 3rd quarter, only 24 percent of their iPhone subscriptions were from new customers, an all time low.

AT&T’s Q3 profits had risen on a more than favorable tax settlement as well as their selling their Sterling Commerce business-software division to IBM.  Granted AT&T did activate 5.2 million iPhones, an all time high, but as mentioned above, only 24 percent of those were new customers. 

In an effort to potentially make up for the loss of customers of the iPhone to other carriers, AT&T has mainly been focusing on upgrades, as well as placing focus on other smartphones, like those with Google Android’s OS as well as the Windows Phone 7.

Other tidbits from AT&T’s quarter:

-Average revenue from users went up 2 percent.
-Wireless data revenues which spanned from messaging, Internet access, access to applications and related services – shot up .1 billion, or about 30.5 percent from the year ago quarter to .8 billion.
-AT&T U-verse TV subscription totals jumped up by 236,000 to 2.7 million.


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AT&T Not Afraid Of Losing iPhone Exclusivity


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Does AT&T still see iPhone exclusivity in their crystal ball?  Well, based on some comments from their Emerging Devices head, the company plans on moving forward with their plans, with, or without iPhone exclusivity in their pocket, according to Electronista.


Emerging Devices head Glenn Lurie went to bat today, stating that AT&T would be “plugging along” without making amends to their plans, and that they would still be as successful as before.  Of course he wouldn’t own up to Bloomberg as to when AT&T’s exclusivity ceases, but as has oft been mentioned, signs are pointing to January.


On a side note, Lurie was also “bearish” about tablets such as the iPad, and thinks that the category will go both higher and lower end simultaneously.  While Apple’s iPad spread is currently between 0 and 0, Lurie is anticipating that it could go 0 on the lower end and 00 on the high end of the price spectrum within about the next five years.  At some point, the units will be “full-on computers,” he noted.


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