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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.

    Image via Verizon
    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. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      I would love to tie my iPad into my Verizon network! Only if the prices were a little lower...
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Verizon is slow here. A little better than AT&T's Edge so it wouldn't benefit me to switch. A price war, on the other hand, would be awesome.
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      how is it that this story/rumor keeps going around? The networks are not compatible. Verizon's network can't meet the voice and data requirement that apple likes the iphone to have. They're changing their network in order to have voice/data together....but that is 2 years minimum before the switch.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      verizon sucks! enough said
    1. MacDevil7334's Avatar
      MacDevil7334 -
      Wouldn't I to buy a new model of iPad (one with a CDMA radio) to use it with verizon? I just got my 3G iPad last week and I'd be rather annoyed if I had to turn around and sell it again.
    1. Spamdumpster's Avatar
      Spamdumpster -
      Quote Originally Posted by giancarlo View Post
      They're changing their network in order to have voice/data together....but that is 2 years minimum before the switch.
      This post is accurate AND a rare example of someone correctly using they're and their on the internet. Awesome. /NerdRant
    1. chuckiecheese's Avatar
      chuckiecheese -
      How are they testing when there is no such thing as a CDMA iPad?? I smell BS..
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      I too have started testing on the Sandstorm77 network. I will be offering unlimited data at $19.99 a month unlimited. Oh and this would be a CDMA network.
    1. gotjpeg's Avatar
      gotjpeg -
      Quote Originally Posted by chuckiecheese View Post
      How are they testing when there is no such thing as a CDMA iPad?? I smell BS..

      unless theyre using a cdma prototype?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      My thoughts exactly, how the hell are they testing the ipad on a CDMA network. Bunch of BS i agree with chuckiecheese!
    1. eZStaR's Avatar
      eZStaR -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      verizon sucks! enough said
      You cannot make such a statement. You have to understand Verizon and AT&T services work well in certain states while in others, they don't. Look at AT&T, people say they drop calls all the time, but where I live, no one has that problem. [Referring to the iPhone] In my opinion Verizon's plans cost too much, and only thing I like about them is their internet service.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Quote Originally Posted by Spamdumpster View Post
      This post is accurate AND a rare example of someone correctly using they're and their on the internet. Awesome. /NerdRant
      That post is NOT accurate. THEY'RE (Verizon) updating THEIR network to allow voice over CDMA EVDO rev. A, both here and THERE. Happy, douche bag? Just because most bloggers have lousy grammar, poor vocabulary (they're, their, there usage is vocabulary, not grammar), and an inability to employ a spell checker prior to posting, doesn't denote they're posts are inaccurate; Rather their posts are just poorly written.

      Quote Originally Posted by gotjpeg View Post
      unless theyre using a cdma prototype?
      Are you that slow? Think about it. Clearly they aren't using a CDMA production unit. So yeah, it would be a prototype.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I won't believe it till I see it
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      If the price is right I'm switching networks
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Really People, Correcting peoples posts? Don't you have anything better to do?
    1. Hitek146's Avatar
      Hitek146 -
      I would think that anyone's jailbroken iPad can be used on any digital cellular network. I mean, the iPad uses a standard Mini-PCI cellular card, just like the ones used in laptops. You could just take a working Mini-PCI card from a laptop, install it in the iPad, change the APN setting, and surf, no? Maybe you would need a device driver, but that would be the only obstacle...
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Quote Originally Posted by chuckiecheese View Post
      how are they testing when there is no such thing as a cdma ipad?? I smell bs..

      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.
    1. dalep's Avatar
      dalep -
      Dont dismiss it as BS, if you look at the iPad teardown, the 3G module plugs in to the end of the main board.

      It would be easy to have a CDMA version already in testing, all Apple would need to do is swap out the radio on a small number and Voila!
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I don't care if it never debuts on Verizon, I guarantee they have CDMA versions of every device they make. They want options. Just like they had prototyped various versions of the iPod Touch with cameras, I'm positive there are CDMA iPhones and iPads in the wild, and likely have been for each iteration of iPhone since the 2G.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by giancarlo View Post
      how is it that this story/rumor keeps going around? The networks are not compatible. Verizon's network can't meet the voice and data requirement that apple likes the iphone to have. They're changing their network in order to have voice/data together....but that is 2 years minimum before the switch.
      I agree with you wholeheartedly, but it is important to remember how stinking long it took ATT to have the 3G presence (and some would say it is still lacking) they have today. For almost two years I had to deal with only edge within six hours of where I live and you don't get simultaneous voice/data with that.

      Quote Originally Posted by eZStaR View Post
      You cannot make such a statement. You have to understand Verizon and AT&T services work well in certain states while in others, they don't. Look at AT&T, people say they drop calls all the time, but where I live, no one has that problem. [Referring to the iPhone] In my opinion Verizon's plans cost too much, and only thing I like about them is their internet service.
      Verizon also has the worst customer service of any US carrier I have EVER dealt with (for me that is now TMO, Cingular-ATT, VZW, Virgin). Two different occasions I had OS issues with a Motorola I had with them and their answer was always "buy another". My response was "cancel my contract and bill me". Never paid that bill, filed a claim, and will never go back.