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  • Report: Verizon Testing iPad on its Network



    On the heels of Apple CEO Steve Job's cryptic comments regarding AT&T exclusivity and the carrier's decision to drop unlimited data plans for 3G customers, there is a new report out this morning that suggests Verizon Wireless may have begun testing iPads on its network - a move that could suggest a potential carrier expansion will be announced, possibly as early as next week's WWDC.

    The news comes from the Boy Genius Report and heralds that, “according to a highly placed source of ours, Verizon Wireless is currently testing Apple iPad devices on their network.” The guinea pig model, if you will, is a CDMA-compatible device. “It would appear," adds BGR, "like the gates of heaven have opened, as we’re probably going to see not only an iPhone but also iPad on Verizon very soon, huh?”

    While some will naturally shoot down these reports as pure speculation, wishful thinking, or baldfaced lies (and perhaps they are), clues have been mounting that a potential major shake-up in the world of iDevice network coverage is looming. In addition to AT&T's new capped data plans, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone and iPad also recently upped its early termination fee. So if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, chances are... AT&T will no longer be the exclusive carrier of the iPhone and possibly even the iPad.

    When asked last night at D8 about the iPhone possibly expanding to other carriers, Steve Jobs was anything but talkative and quickly concluded that he simply couldn't publicly say much about that very prospect.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: Verizon Testing iPad on its Network started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      I will not be suprised if iPhone/ipad go to Verizon. Steve has already had some of his thunder taken away by the leak of the "prototype" iPhone, and all it's features. What better way to end his keynote speech with "oh and by the way, this new iPhone will be available on AT&T AND verizon". That is what will make headlines on all the news networks, and in doing so furthur increasing interest and ultimately selling more iPhones.
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      1) Is anyone really sure they aren't just testing a WiFi-only iPad with a MiFi-like device?

      2) If they are going to offer an iPad like the 3G that's out now, then it should also have a prepaid data option similar to what's out now... I don't see that happening, even with AT&T's change of heart w.r.t. data plans.

      3) I really don't expect a iPad with anything other than [3]GSM and WiFi for the next couple years.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      Yay! they couldnt have picked a better time to start considering att no longer has unlimited data...
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I really wish people would just forget about the iPhone/iPad on Verizon for the next two years until the AT&T contract ends. That said....

      ... Apple isn't stupid. I will bet you any amount of money that they've had an iPhone running on Verizon for years. It's called prototypes. Many of them never see the light of day, but it's stupid for a company not to have explored (physically) all its options.

      Remember the Mac switch to Intel? They had Macs running on Intels years before the switch. You always have all your bases covered.
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      You all cannot seriously think that Apple wouldn't have a prototype CDMA compatible iPad to test on the Verizon network. They would have at least tried the idea out. Apple isn't stupid. And to every dumb, under-informed, brute out there that says, "Verizon sucks." and that's the end of their post, just stop. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about, so maybe you should just go play cars while the grown-ups talk. Neither AT&T nor Verizon can cover 100% of all people, and there are always going to be unsatisfied customers. In my area, Verizon gets full bars and 3G for miles around, and my dad's iPhone gets at best 2 bars and Edge. But, I know for a fact that there are places where it is the complete opposite. And you cannot possibly think that a price war between AT&T and Verizon wouldn't be good for the consumer. We would be the ones paying the lowered prices for phones and plans while the two carriers tried to bring more customers in. Competition is good.

      And did someone seriously think post and think that Verizon is building a GSM and Edge network for Verizon?

      maybe they are making gsm network and edge just for ipad or maybe 3g, when it comes to cdma network and ipad i think its bs too.
      *Scoff* Do you have any idea what an expensive, and not to mention STUPID investment that would be?
    1. sobeniceguy2's Avatar
      sobeniceguy2 -
      We can debate whether or not iPad or iPhone is being tested on Verizon until blue in the face. Just as we can debat what takes place at Area 51. Regardless, I am sure somewhere, research is being done to expand the Apple model across all platforms. Because the end goal is to get as many apple products (iphone, ipad) into the hands of the masses at every corner of the globe right?
    1. FlyingJoey's Avatar
      FlyingJoey -
      How about a "World" iPad. One with CDMA+EvDO and GSM+3g 3.5 and WiMax+LTE built in. It's entirely possible you guys know.

      My BB Tour is GSM & CDMA so why couldn't the new iThingie be the same.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I thought Verizon was rolling out LTE? All apple has to do is sit back, test their devices with Verizon, and then roll them out when this contract with AT&T is over. An it will be over because Verizon will have had time to make their adjustments.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      iPad + MiFi = OMFG IPAD ON VERIZON