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    Verizon will soon be selling a CDMA-compatible version of the iPad, the company's chief financial officer told Bloomberg. Instead of the MiFi device users currently need to connect to Verizon's network, the future model will connect directly like the iPad + 3G does on AT&T's network. Verizon Communications CFO Francis Shammo did not give a date for the CDMA iPad, and it was not clear that this was a planned announcement or something the exec just blurted out: Apple has so far not commented on the report.

    Apple and Verizon have, of course, been moving closer for some time. The carrier began selling the iPad + WiFi bundled with Verizon's MiFi hotspot back at the end of October, and development of the CDMA iPhone had doubtless already begun at that time. With the highest priority - a CDMA iPhone - out of the way, Apple's engineers can now use that as leverage to focus on an iPad compatible with Verizon's 3G network. There is a potentially huge market for such a device: even larger than the iPhones, as users don't face the prospect of breaking cell service contracts in order to switch from another carrier.

    In other updates following the Verizon announcement today, subtle differences in the location of the headphone jack and mute switch may mean that case and other accessory designers will have to come out with separate products for Verizon's iPhone. The most visible difference - the change in the antenna band - appears to make a difference with the Death Grip issue, according to Ars Technica. Contributing editor Chris Foresman found that there was no change in signal when he held a demo Verizon phone by the edges following the announcement.

    Also, the demo phones were found to be running iOS 4.2.5, which includes a "Personal Hotspot" option in Settings.app. Apple's senior VP for worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, told Ars it was something they did for Verizon that other carriers might also someday use. "We did the hotspot feature because it's something Verizon offers, they have a system and specs for it in place," Schiller said. "We can't say if it will come to AT&T."

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Next: a Verizon iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      I would hope that with how big the iPad is, they would have enough space to put a dual mode GSM/CDMA board in it to avoid fragmentation and keep one simple 3G model and easily switch carriers without buying an entirely different iPad!
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      I still can't get over the length Verizon goes to for their customers, I'm a little jealous
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Just a question, why would Verizon move the headphone jack and mute switch? What good comes from screwing over any Verizon iPhone users who want a case?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      Wait they are moving that?
    1. Puka1701's Avatar
      Puka1701 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Just a question, why would Verizon move the headphone jack and mute switch? What good comes from screwing over any Verizon iPhone users who want a case?
      I seriously doubt Verizon had any say in that decision. That was all Apple.
    1. Puka1701's Avatar
      Puka1701 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      I don't understand? Verizon had an Ipad last night?

      Set Your Location

      We're talking about a native Verizon iPad. That one is just a WiFi model with a free MiFi device.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      They are talking about one that don't need the little black box in your picture..
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      If iPad 2 is dual, I imagine iPhone 5 will be too
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      If iPad 2 is dual, I imagine iPhone 5 will be too
      Agreed. But just a question. Are there ANY phones in the market right now that are both GSM and CDMA compatible?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      If iPad 2 is dual, I imagine iPhone 5 will be too
      My thoughts exactally. I am sure Verison planned this as well. Get some customers with the i4. Then in a few months get more with a dual i5. For me I'll stay with GSM but I am a believer that this along with the iPad should be carrier free. Of course I also believe that all carriers should have gsm sim so we can all switch whenever we want. FREEDOM of cell talk Lol.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I would like to run multiple carrier so I can select who to use depending on service area
    1. shaileshashar's Avatar
      shaileshashar -
      Quote Originally Posted by blueblaze4444 View Post
      Agreed. But just a question. Are there ANY phones in the market right now that are both GSM and CDMA compatible?
      I think the moto droid pro is gsm and cdma phone.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea I think there are a few of them
    1. joec2's Avatar
      joec2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by blueblaze4444 View Post
      Agreed. But just a question. Are there ANY phones in the market right now that are both GSM and CDMA compatible?

      Blackberry Storm. I had one unlocked on at&t. Its cdma but has a sim also for ""world travel"
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I would love to see iPhone 5 have that option
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I was thinking of getting an iPad instead of the iPhone 4 on Verizon. The iPad will do everything the iPhone does, but bigger and cheaper. But at this point I may as well wait for the iPad 2 to come out and then weigh my options/ wallet.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I would like to run multiple carrier so I can select who to use depending on service area
      that would be sweet, still think i would get an ipad for att, unless those are going to be dual
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      i think they will be
    1. Doez32's Avatar
      Doez32 -
      Droid pro, droid 2 global, and a few blackberry's are global.