Bentonville, Ark. - Walmart will begin selling the Apple iPad 2 today in select stores and online at Walmart.com and will then roll out the product to more brick-and-mortar stores in the coming weeks, a spokesman told TWICE.
The iPad 2 will be available in almost 1,500 Walmart stores by the end of March.
The Walmart Home Entertainment department and Walmart.com will carry the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi starting at $498 and the iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G starting at $628, the spokesman said.
, the chain will carry the Wi-Fi-only, Verizon 3G and AT&T 3G versions, each in all three memory capacities. All will also be available in black or white through the online store.
In the brick-and-mortar stores, however, availability of each version will vary depending on the particular store, the spokesman said. "Since we expect strong customer demand for the iPad 2, customers interested in this product should check availability at their local Walmart stores."
, the iPad 2 goes on sale at 5 p.m. today local time in AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores, Apple stores, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and select other authorized resellers, Apple said. AT&T, however, also launched online sales on Friday at 1 a.m. Pacific Time at