iPad 3G - The price of a new 3G-connected iPad just dropped.
That version of the iPad isn’t due out for about a month, but new discounting by Palm means you could have a 3G-connected iPad sooner and a lot cheaper.
The first iteration of the iPad, available Saturday, will connect to the Internet only by Wi-Fi. The other version, due later this month, will connect to the Internet over Wi-Fi and the AT&T mobile phone network providing a nearly ubiquitous connection (assuming you can get an AT&T connection). Two AT&T cell plans are offered, neither requiring a contract. The $15 one-month plan is capped at 250 megabytes. The $30 one-month plan is unlimited. It also cost $130 more.
The Verizon Palm Pre Plus acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot to make Wi-Fi-only iPads act like 3G iPads.
If you are in the market for a phone and an iPad you can save money.
Buy any one of a number of cell devices that work as Wi-Fi hot spots so you have the same nearly ubiquitous connection you’d have with the iPad 3G. These devices connect to the Internet through the wireless phone network. Among them are Sprint’s and Verizon’s MiFi 2200, the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus smartphones.