Apple to Release Verizon-Compatible iPad Models
Following today's announcement that the iPhone will finally be made available in a CDMA version for use on Verizon's network, Bloomberg reports that a version of the iPad directly compatible with its network is set to follow suit.
Verizon Wireless will sell a version of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer that can connect directly to its network, posing another challenge to AT&T Inc. as the carrier's exclusive hold on the iPhone draws to a close.
Verizon will get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications Inc., the parent of the wireless unit, said today in an interview in New York. IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon's network. Shammo declined to say when the change may happen.
The most recent rumors of a CDMA iPad surfaced in late December, claiming that the next-generation iPad will come in three versions: Wi-Fi, UMTS (GSM) 3G and CDMA 3G.
Verizon began carrying Wi-Fi models of the iPad in late October, pairing them with MiFi mobile hotspot devices at package prices on par with those of the corresponding models for other carriers featuring built-in 3G.