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.
I still imagine this Verizon model is much more likely to come along with the iPad 2 launch sometime between now and April. releasing the Verizon iPhone 4 roughly halfway through the iPhone refresh cycle is one thing, but I can’t see the iPad model coming along at more like the 3/4 mark of the tablet’s refresh cycle.
News Via: iSource