VZW will be bundling the WiFi-only iPads with its own MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot with pricing set at $630, $730 and $830 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants of Apple’s tablet, respectively. There’s only one access plan on offer for now, granting users 1GB of monthly data allowance in exchange for $20 and no contractual commitments.
Even though Apple had been pushing for tethering, Jobs was furious that De la Vega would make such a momentous announcement before a deal was in place — and without consulting Apple. He even ended a high-level meeting days later with a rant about it. Jobs “was absolutely livid,” a witness says. “He paced around the room for five minutes talking about what an incredibly stupid company AT&T was and how frustrating it was to do business with them. Then, when he was done, he said, ‘I’m going to go call Ralph and yell at him.’” (AT&T announced in June that it would allow tethering for an additional fee.)