AT&T and Verizon Stores Getting iPad 2 On March 11 [Update: And Walmart!]

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AT&T and Verizon are getting ready for an iPad 2 fight. Both carriers will sell the iPad 2 – running on their own networks – at the same time on March 11. Interestingly, Verizon’s version will run on its CDMA networks natively.

Both are offering competing data plans. AT&T’s includes:

Monthly statements: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment will be billed $14.99 for another 250MB on the $14.99 plan or $10 per 1 GB of overage on the 2 GB plan.

Credit card billing: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase another 250 MB on the $14.99 plan or purchase an additional 2 GB for $25 on the 2 GB plan.

AT&T customers get one month free with monthly billing. Verizon is a bit more tiered and includes:

Monthly Usage Cost Data Allowance
· $20 per month 1 GB per month

· $35 per month 3 GB per month

· $50 per month 5 GB per month

· $80 per month 10 GB per month

PR after the jump.

Customers Get First Month Free When Activating New Postpaid Plan

DALLAS, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – AT&T* today announced it will sell iPad 2 in its retail and business channels beginning Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m. local time. Online sales will be available at http://www.att.com/iPad at 1 a.m. pacific time. AT&T offers several convenient billing options, none of which require a long-term contract. Customers can choose between AT&T’s prepaid billing options, which are charged to a credit card account, or recently announced postpaid plans that can be added to customers’ existing monthly wireless statements. For a limited time, customers who activate a new postpaid $25/2 GB plan will receive the first month free**.

“We are thrilled to offer iPad 2 in our stores and give customers several easy ways to connect to the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network,” said Glenn Lurie, president—Emerging Devices, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets.

Customers may choose from the following options.
Monthly statements: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB***. Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment will be billed $14.99 for another 250MB on the $14.99 plan or $10 per 1 GB of overage on the 2 GB plan.
Credit card billing: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB****. Customers who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase another 250 MB on the $14.99 plan or purchase an additional 2 GB for $25 on the 2 GB plan. 

Both options are month-to-month and do not require a long-term commitment.
The Personal Hotspot feature being introduced with iOS 4.3 is also available to customers who choose the $25 plan plus a $20 tethering option that provides an extra 2 GB of data.
AT&T retail stores will be open during normal business hours on Friday.

IPAD 2 ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS 3G NETWORK IN STORES NATIONWIDE ON MARCH 11 

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless announced today that iPad 2 will be available in select Verizon Wireless stores nationwide beginning Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m. local time. Verizon Wireless will offer three iPad 2 models that run on the nation’s most reliable 3G network: $629.99 for the 16 GB model, $729.99 for the 32 GB model and $829.99 for the 64 GB model, available in black or white.

iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.

iPad 2 and 3G Network Data Plans
Verizon Wireless offers several data plans for iPad 2, beginning at $20 per month. All data plans will be available without a contract, providing the freedom to activate or cancel a plan at any time. The following plans are available for iPad 2 users on America’s most reliable 3G network:

Monthly Usage Cost Data Allowance
· $20 per month 1 GB per month

· $35 per month 3 GB per month

· $50 per month 5 GB per month

· $80 per month 10 GB per month