As many of you know I am very active on Twitter (@ifficiency). I can’t help but set the record straight on the NEW and IMPROVED Verizon iPad. Most of the comments I have read on Twitter describe how “Amazing the new Verizon iPad will be” or “how service is going to be so much better.”
The Verizon iPad is nothing more than a standard Wifi only iPad you can buy at ANY Apple, Bestbuy, Target or Walmart. No difference! No bloatware, not faster connection speeds…nothing. What Verizon has done is give you the option to ADD a MiFi to your purchase. WooHoo! Another device I need to carry around. What’s that you say? Only 1GB for $20 a month and another device to lug around? Where do I sign up?
From not only a cost perspective, but also a portability issue, buying the Verizon ‘bundle‘ does not make sense. You get a Wifi only iPad and pay extra for a MiFi. You only get 1GB data plan for $20 (unless you want to pay $60 for 5GB) and no proprietary service inherent in the iPad. Compare this to AT&T where you pay $25 for 2GB plan and $10 for each additional gig (you can go over by 3GB and still be less than Verizon’s 5GB plan!)
If you are a Verizon diehard that NEEDS to be on their network than go for it. Buy an iPad and carry around your Mifi with you (that’s what is actually connected to the network). From my standpoint I just don’t understand WHY you would do this. What do you think? Leave a comment below if you are using a Verizon iPad and it is SO MUCH better than a standard Apple store purchased Wifi only or 3G for that matter. I truly look forward to being proven wrong!