Verizon slashes price of original iPad to $299

Aiming to clear remaining stocks of the original iPad from their shelves, Verizon on Friday began a sale at its retail stores which lowers the price of the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi only model to $299. This would be $130 less than AT&T's current offer.

AT&T sells the 16GB model for $399, however it also offers a free month of data to any customer purchasing the tablet. Prices range from $429 to $629 in store (although the 64GB version is on sale for $529 online where it is the only one available), and checks seem to indicate the sale is having its intended effect of clearing out the older models.

In addition to the price cut for the 16GB, the 32GB has been reduced to $399, and the 64GB to $499. Verizon's models are Wi-Fi only: the carrier's CDMA technology was incompatible with the 3G version of the device. Users needed one of the company's hotspot devices in order to connect to the Internet, which Verizon sold as a bundle.

Verizon began selling the original iPad in October of last year. At the current time the deal only appears to be offered in the company's retail stores: as of press time the same deal was not available from the company's website. In fact, prices still appeared to be at the full retail price.

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