I think it would be the more extensive coverage of the Verizon network.
The Apple® iPad™ is a revolutionary product, offering the best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video. iPad's built-in capability to locate available Wi-Fi networks empowers customers to join the fastest available connections with a few taps.
The iPad itself is pretty much the same for both companies. The Mifi device however allows you to connect to the web when you do not have access to a Wifi or local area wireless network. That is were you would enjoy the benefits of the Verizon Wireless network and its reliability.
The MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot lets you create a personal, portable Wi-Fi hotspot capable of sharing Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband 3G high-speed Internet connectivity with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as an iPad, notebooks, netbooks, cameras, gaming devices or portable media/MP3 players. Customers activate Verizon's MiFi 2200 and sync it with any PC or Mac. Once activated, it can transmit a Wi-Fi signal to an iPad.
The iPad with Wi-Fi comes in three models:
- 16GBiPad with Wi-Fi is $499
- 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi is $599
- 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi is $699
However, Verizon Wireless will also be offering a promotional bundle which includes an iPad and a MiFi 2200. This will allow customers to quickly and easily connect their iPad using America's largest and most reliable 3G network. The Mifi 2200 also allows users to share their Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Why is it that with the MiFi the price of the Ipad is more ? I assume to pay for the MiFi hardware is that correct ? Also, please clarify that I do not need Verizon WiFi in order to avoid using the Mifi allotment. I can use the iPad in any internet cafe using their free WiFi and it will not count against my 1 or 3 Gigs depending on which plan I sign on for. Thanks.