Verizon iPad-MiFi bundle: Here's the catch

The data deals aren't available to those who already took the plunge for an iPad or for Verizon's MiFi device.

A Verizon MiFi bundled with an Apple iPad could save you big money on data plans, but if you already have an iPad or a MiFi, you're out of luck. Verizon will start selling the popular Apple iPad at its stores on October 28, and since there is no CDMA iPad so far, Verizon will also sell its MiFi mobile hotspots alongside the WiFi-only iPad, with some pros and cons.

Verizon MiFi device, which offers 3G data access to up to five WiFi devices, can be purchased with a 5GB traffic plan for $60 per month. If you buy an iPad and MiFi bundle from Verizon, though, you will pay $10 less for the same service, which is priced at $50 per month. Also, it doesn't require a two-year commitment (same with AT&T's iPad 3G plans); just a rolling monthly service, with no termination fees.

It sounds great, right? Heavy data users will pay less per month if they use a MiFi with their iPad. Well, not so fast. According to Verizon's set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the deal, if you already have an iPad or a MiFi, you're not eligible for the reduced data traffic rate. Of course, you can still use an iPad with the MiFi (like you could by now), but data charges won't be less than before.

The Verizon FAQ states "customers will only be eligible for the new data plans when purchasing the iPad and the MiFi 2200 promotional bundle." The bundle, however, is cheaper than buying a WiFi iPad and a contract-free MiFi (typically $299). The Verizon iPad-MiFi bundle will cost you the same as buying a 3G iPad, namely $630 for the 16GB model, $730 for 32GB, or $830 for 64GB. On the downside, the WiFi-only iPad doesn't come with the GPS chip inside (bundled only with the 3G model).

For heavy data users, who need two or more GB of data per month with their iPad, Verizon's deal comes out cheaper per GB -- unless you already have an iPad or a MiFi. AT&T charges $25 for 2GB ($12.50 per GB), while Verizon's deal comes in at $10 per GB. If you go over your 5GB data allowance on the Verizon iPad+MiFi bundle, the charge is $10 per GB, which is cheaper than on the lower-end plan, which is $20 per GB.

Follow Daniel Ionescu and Today @ PCWorld on Twitter.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags tabletsApplehardware systemstablet PCslaptopsverizonat&tapple ipadtablet PC

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Daniel Ionescu

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?