Verizon Will Sell CDMA-Compatible iPads
Bloomberg Businessweek reports today that hot on the heels of Verizon’s CDMA-network iPhone 4 today, Verizon will also soon be selling an iPad that can directly connect to its CDMA network. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek in New York today, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications, told Bloomberg that Verizon will embed chips in iPads so that they can be used on the network. Shammo was not able to say when this would happen though.
Currently, Verizon Wireless, which is the biggest mobile phone carrier in the US, is selling iPads bundled with its MiFi Mobile hotspot device, which enables users to join the network, with bundle prices costing from $629.99 to $829.99. The iPad sold by AT&T currently has the advantage over the Verizon version, as it can connect directly to the AT&T network without need of an extra device, but once Verizon starts embedding iPads with the CDMA-enabling chip, AT&T will lose that exclusive status as well.
Source: Verizon to Sell Apple IPad That Connects Directly to Its Network - BusinessWeek