Verizon stores to carry iPads starting Oct. 28

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Verizon stores will begin selling the iPad on Oct. 28, according to a press release on Apple’s website.

Verizon will only sell the wi-fi version of the iPad, not the 3G model that currently has service exclusively through AT&T.

The Verizon-sold iPads will be offered in three different bundles with Verizon MiFi devices with bundle prices ranging from $630 to $830. Verizon will also sell the three wi-fi iPads by themselves.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Verizon Wireless to get iPad into the hands of even more customers this holiday season,” said Apple’s COO Tim Cook in the press release.

The New York Times Bits blog says that this deal is a sign of the growing relationship between Apple and Verizon. Many expect that Verizon will get the nod for the iPhone next year. The Wall Street Journal has been particularly bully on reporting that the Verizon iPhone is coming.

In a separate statement, Apple said that the 3G and wi-fi iPads will also be available in AT&T stores starting Oct. 28.

Of course, Montanans will soon be able to get the iPhone directly from AT&T, since that company has taken over AllTel stores across the state and is expected to roll out network upgrades and advanced phones, like the iPhone, by the end of the year.

Still, many people in Montana, myself included, are Verizon customers. I for one would be very interested if the iPhone suddenly became available on my carrier.