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Verizon iPads finally ditch MiFi cards for real connectivity

Heriberto Cazanas checks out the iPads on display at a Verizon store in Coral Gables, Florida.
Heriberto Cazanas checks out the iPads on display at a Verizon store in Coral Gables, Florida.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Apple's iPad will now be able to connect directly to Verizon network
  • No release date set for iPads with embedded Verizon chips
  • iPad first came to Verizon in October 2010
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(Mashable) -- Along with hearing the announcement about the Verizon iPhone Tuesday, we've learned that Apple's iPad -- which has been marketed by Verizon for some time -- will now actually be able to connect directly to the Verizon network.

We realize that connecting the device to the network sounds like a no-brainer.

However, for the past few months, folks with Verizon iPads have had to buy separate external Verizon MiFi devices in order to connect when Wi-Fi wasn't available.

Now, as Apple's exclusivity with AT&T comes to a close, the iPad will be able to connect directly to Verizon's 3G -- and who knows, perhaps even its 4G LTE -- network.

The latter would bring it to parity with Motorola's Xoom, a new Android-powered tablet recently announced at CES.

iPads with embedded Verizon chips will be coming soon; however, an exact release date hasn't yet been set.

The iPad first came to Verizon in October 2010. Although connecting to the network when Wi-Fi wasn't present did require a bundled MiFi, costs were comparable and data plans were better than what AT&T customers were getting.

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