Verizon fans and at&t lovers about to splurge for a new iPad, rejoice, as your brand new iPad 2 will give you the choice between the two wireless providers from day 1. Best of all, and unlike the iPhone 4, the same device will support both networks, altough not simultaneously. The iPad 2 will be one of the first mobile devices to sport the new line of multi-mode wireless chipsets from Qualcomm, able to work on UMTS/HSPA, as well as CDMA/EVDO, the technologies respectively used by at&t and Verizon. Earlier today, Verizon already started to advertise the iPad 2 on its website. As for at&t, the wireless provider has remained surprisingly quiet since the announcement of the device last Wednesday. Regardless of the wireless provider, the iPad 2 will come contract-free, and users will simply be required to pay a flat monthly fee to be able to surf the web via 3G. Note that at&t offers both prepaid and postpaid options, while Verizon will only offer prepaid plans for now. As for the data plans costs, the two wireless providers offer various options, but overall, the prices per MB aren’t that much different. Verizon offers four plans, 1 GB for $20 per month, 3 GB for $35 per month, 5 GB for $50 per month, and 10GB for $80 per month. at&t only offers two plans, 250 MB for $15 per month, and 2 GB for $25 per month.
Both at&t and Verizon claim to have the best network, but independent tests show that while at&t’s 3G network offers better data throughput, Verizon’s 3G network is more reliable, and covers a larger portion of the country.