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iPad Backed By Verizon

Verizon has been named as the second telco to support Apple's iPad in the US.

The company revealed that it would be offering the Wi-Fi version of the Apple tablet along with its MiFi device. The pocket-sized MiFi allows users to connect with Verizon's 3G network and then access the wireless broadband network through a Wi-Fi connection.

In addition to the Wi-Fi iPad and MiFi hardware, users will also need to pay a $20 monthly fee for the 3G data service.

"This is the perfect pairing for holiday travels," said Verizon Wireless chief operating officer John Stratton.

"iPad together with the nation's largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are."

The deal makes Verizon the second wireless carrier to support the iPad. AT &T has been supporting the iPad since the first 3G tablets arrived. AT& T and Verizon will both begin offering the iPad in their retail locations on 28 October.

Verizon's announcement also comes in the weeks before what many in the industry believes is an expansion for the iPhone to Verizon's wireless network.

Multiple reports have suggested that the handset will be supported on Verizon's CDMA network in early 2011, adding the US to the list of countries in which the iPhone is available from multiple carriers.

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