Select Best Buy stores (a big box store here in the US) will be giving away those Sprint iPad cases that just happen to have a little pocket that's perfect for holding an Overdrive 3G/4G hotspot. Sprint expects to give away 10,000 cases before the promotion ends, so check to see if your local store has any.
Sprint has been indirectly courting iPhone and iPad customers for a while now. Back in March, an Overdrive ad featured an IPhone, along with some talk about its superior 4G speed (where available).
Additionally, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse recently compared the iPhone to a certain sports legend: "...you can almost put the iPhone, to be fair, in a separate category," he told Charlie Rose. "The Apple brand and that device have done so well, it's almost not... it's like comparing someone to Michael Jordan."
While early adopters are limited to Wi-Fi Internet access with their iPads, they can upgrade when the 3G models come out or, Sprint hopes, add an Overdrive to their lineup and share a single, go-anywhere connection with several devices.
If you snag a free case, let us know.