In pretty interesting news today, Verizon Wireless has announced that it will begin selling the Apple iPad later this month. But you can't use it through Verizon's 3g coverage -- the iPad doesn't have the right hardware for that. Instead, the Verizon is offering a competitive plan through its MiFi 3g mobile hotspot. Here's what to consider when trying to choose between Verizon and AT&T for iPad data.
Of course, not all data networks are created equal. Most Verizon-philes and many Apple fanboys who grudgingly use AT&T agree that Verizon's network is better. But it's really hard to be sure, since we've never lived in a world where Apple devices can utilize either network simultaneously. If Verizon gets the iPhone in March, which has been widely speculated, then that should provide the company's network with a lot more traffic, which might slow it down. But since most people I've spoken with have had better luck with Verizon than AT&T, I'd say:
Slight Advantage: Verizon
It's hard to sort through which carrier has a better deal, because they're different. AT&T offers the following options:
250 megabytes per month: $14.99
2 gigabytes per month: $25.00 ($10 for each additional gigabyte)