Apple May Still be Discussing iPad with Verizon

| Rumor

Apple didn't say that the iPad 3G support included Verizon, but that hasn't stopped speculation that the two companies are still negotiating to bring the multimedia tablet and ebook reader to Verizon's wireless network.

Apparently sources inside Verizon are claiming talks are underway with Apple, according to Silicon Alley Insider.

When Apple introduced the iPad at the end of January, the company showed off two models: one with Wi-Fi only, and a second with Wi-Fi and 3G support. Apple said the iPad is unlocked, allowing users to subscribe to any compatible carrier's 3G service, but highlighted a deal with AT&T that gives users 250MB of monthly data for US$14.99, or unlimited data for $29.99.

Verizon, however, uses wireless network technology that isn't compatible with AT&T's, leaving potential customers wondering if Apple might surprise buyers with another iPad model that is Verizon ready, or reveal that the iPad's 3G gear includes Verizon support.

Apple's Wi-Fi iPad is set to ship in March, and the Wi-Fi plus 3G model should ship about 30 days later. Since there isn't any way to confirm the information from the Verizon insiders, their claims should be treated as another rumor -- but still an interesting possibility for iPad buyers looking for alternatives to AT&T.

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Comments

Greg reader

Has anyone bothered to read the specs for the tablet on apples web site? it says that it is” UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)” capable. Must be some kind of dual band chip. If it is sold unlocked, you might be able to cut a deal with Verizon or put in your own sim.

Urby

it says that it is? MTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz) GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)? capable.

HSDPA is 3G GSM… all that means is it supports 2G and 3G GSM. I think things will change in the wireless industry in the States, not in Apple. 4G techs for GSM and CDMA are basically converging (oversimplification) and so in the future, yes, Verizon could be a data provider for the iPad. Awericans should look up what’s happening with Bell/Telus here in Canada to see how your 4G CDMA networks will play out.

jecrawford

I think Apple will see CDMA as “where the puck was”.

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