apple ipad verizonVerizon Wireless will start selling Apple's iPad on Oct. 28, two weeks after competitor AT&T kicks off its iPad sales.

The iPad may serve as a bit of consolation prize to Verizon customers, some of whom have wanted to use Apple's (AAPL) iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network.

In its announcement Thursday, Verizon Wireless said it will offer three WiFi iPad models, ranging from 16GB to 64GB and costing between $629.99 to $829.99. Verizon Wireless will also offer a data plan of up to 1GB for $20 a month.

"This is the perfect pairing for holiday travels," John Stratton, Verizon Wireless chief operating officer said in a statement. "iPad together with the nation's largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are."

A Boost for Apple Sales

iPad sales are expected to push Apple's ranking several notches higher among mobile computing manufacturers, according to a report earlier this month by DisplaySearch.

Apple sold roughly 4 million iPads during the first half of the year and is expected to sell and additional 9 million in the second half. When factoring in the estimated 13 million iPads that are expected to ship this year, along with Apple's 9 million other mobile computing devices, that should bump Apple's ranking to No. 4 among mobile PC brands -- up from No. 7 last year, DisplaySearch noted.

"Apple has been hovering between positions #6 and #8 in mobile PC for many years, but one single product makes it rocket to #4," according to DisplaySearch. "The company is not only changing the mobile phone world with its iPhone but also changing the PC world with its iPad."

Verizon customers, however, may be more interested in getting a launch date for the iPhone on the Verizon network. Some reports suggest that the iPhone will be offered on the Verizon network early next year.

A Slow Start at AT&T

In the meantime, Apple kicked off its iPad AT&T sales today, a move that took a surprisingly long time given that Apple has already allowed other major retailers to offer the popular tablet computer.

AT&T (T) will sell all three iPad models at its stores. The telecommunications giant will also offer pre-paid 3G data plans, as well as subscriber data plans, without the need for a term contract. Apple's efforts to expand the reach of the device comes ahead of the holiday shopping crush that typically kicks off after Thanksgiving.

Apple is already selling the iPad at big box retailers including Best Buy and Target and is gearing up to include Wal-Mart by Friday. What makes it surprising that AT&T was slow to offer the iPad is the telecom giant's long, exclusive relationship with Apple regarding sales of its iPhone.

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DAN

I'll go with AT&T. Verizon shows disregard for small business. HOW? Pay for an AD in the yellow pages get a listing on Superpages ( they will tell you it's free if you complain about what they are doing ). The free ad. is very limited and is basically just a listing. Your paid advertising gets a much larger and detailed ad. so you're paying for it as part of your print ad. Do a search for your ad, go there from that search. Your competitor can buy premium space above your ad on your page. Verizons contract is worded so they can do what ever they want with YOUR ad. So you're paying for your competitors advertising. You have to scroll down the page to see more of your ad that your paying for. If you go to your ad from within Verizons site instead, they don't show you how it really looks. Sneaky... I found out as my ad. was about to renew and pulled the plug, you should too, unless you want to help your bigger competitor with your money. Look for Computerized Results and see if you would be happy paying over $180 a month for the competition. Then look at your own ad.

October 14 2010 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam J. Achilli

The iPhone is coming next and can't wait. I would assume it will be a special phone just for Verizon...... The iPad is simply an outstanding device. I have one and use it daily. I never new what it would be like having one and found it to be well worth the money...................................

October 14 2010 at 3:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Mr Carmouche

Sam since you adore your Ipad so much but yet you can't discern between "knew" and "new"..I'm going to Google you, find out where you live and come steal your most beloved gadget.,

October 19 2010 at 4:28 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply