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Verizon Wireless is rumored to be testing a CDMA version of Apple's iPad, which could also feature access to the provider's forthcoming high-speed 4G long term evolution data network.

Citing a "highly placed source," Boy Genius Report on Wednesday said that the nation's largest wireless provider was testing the new, unannounced Apple hardware.

"We have been told that the model they are testing is a CDMA-compatible device, and while our source mentioned LTE in some capacity (possibly another model), we haven't been able to independently confirm that part of it," the report said.

The publication took the latest rumor to mean that U.S. customers will "probably" have both the iPhone and iPad available on Verizon's network "very soon."

The rumor comes as AT&T announced it will no longer offer unlimited data plans to new customers for the iPad. Previously, the company charged $29.99 per month for unlimited access, while the new maximum is $25 a month for 2GB of data. Customers who have an existing unlimited plan are not required to change.

Though the iPad ships unlocked, its 3G radio is only compatible with AT&T's high-speed data network in the U.S. That leaves those that attempt to run it on the nation's other GSM-based network, T-Mobile, relegated to EDGE speeds.

Boy Genius Report has had a respectable track record in forecasting AT&T and iPhone related announcements, but some of its Apple rumors have been less than accurate. Last year the site incorrectly indicated iTunes 9 would add Blu-ray support and said Apple would create a social media consolidation application, both times citing a "reliable" source. In January, the site also inaccurately hinted that a Verizon announcement would coincide with Apple's introduction of the iPad.

More recently, the site relayed a rumor that a new Verizon iPhone could run on a Voice over Rev. 1, or VoRA network, allowing simultaneous voice and data connections. Such abilities are not currently available on the carrier's CDMA network, though AT&T's GSM network can handle simultaneous voice and data.
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Boy Genius Report ranks alongside DigiTimes with respect to credibility.
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Those people are desperate.
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Those people are desperate.

I completely agree.
post #5 of 23
Probably not true.

But would actually make some sense though.

Obviously would not conflict with any existing deal Apple has with AT&T as the iPad is not a phone.

Would also give Apple and Verizon a chance to work with each other. See how Verizon's network does, etc.

I think Apple could also be waiting for Verizon's LTE network to go online.
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The rumor comes as AT&T announced it will no longer offer unlimited data plans to new customers for the iPad. Previously, the company charged $29.99 per month for unlimited access, while the new maximum is $25 a month for 2GB of data.


In other news, Apple is rumored to start providing complimentary lube with every 3G AT&T iPad sold. (and likely with the new iPhone too)

Oh, I knew AT&T was a bunch of back door bandits, I'm just glad everyone now see's what I've learned long ago.
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Makes sense - Especially with the AT&T tiered data plan announcement today. I hope Verizon and even TMobile get's the iPhone. I am AT&T customer and I don't like the change.
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Probably not true.

But would actually make some sense though.

Obviously would not conflict with any existing deal Apple has with AT&T as the iPad is not a phone.

Would also give Apple and Verizon a chance to work with each other. See how Verizon's network does, etc.

I think Apple could also be waiting for Verizon's LTE network to go online.

That's what I was thinking...it would not be subject to any cell phone exclusivity deal with ATT. It would also make moot the point about simultaneous voice and data on a phone. And if it's not planned until later this year, it would fit in with previous rumors about a chip that could handle both CDMA and LTE networks that were supposed to go into production later this year and be timed with the deployment of Verizon's LTE network into 30 cities by the end of this year.
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pfft, apple can't even build enough of these thing for the AT&T network, now they will build for a CDMA network.... i call BS.
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Boy Genius Report ranks alongside DigiTimes with respect to credibility.

they didn't used to but it is heading that way fast

1. the iphone has a 5 year contract, as said by Jobs. there's no signs that it is changeable or was changed.

2. why would they release an unlocked ipad on GSM only and then a CDMA one within a handful of weeks from the start of sales. why not release a device that could do either from day one.

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...why not release a device that could do either from day one.

COST!
Size.
Heat.
Speed.
Reliability.
Engineering effort is much larger.
Support is much more complicated.
more...
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they didn't used to but it is heading that way fast

1. the iphone has a 5 year contract, as said by Jobs. there's no signs that it is changeable or was changed.

We don't know the detailed terms. AT&T changing it's pricing structure may have given Apple the out they needed.
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It is a competitors product not Apple's..

those idiot heard, tablet, and CDMA and connect those dots to Apple. I think it would easier to connect the dots to Dell or HP before connecting it to Apple
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That this product has mad it to Verizon should be no surprise either. They would need to test and frankly with LTE support more testing would likely be needed than normal.

The only thing I'm really interested in here is the LTE support. The question is will the LTE radio be backwards compatible with GSM systems. That is could the LTEpad be used on AT&Ts network and 3G networks world wide? If not no sale as the current attraction to the iPad revolves around it's suitability for travel. In this regard a CDMA iPad would be useless.

So actually I'm hopeful that the LTE iPad rumors are true. More so I hope that LTE modem is upwardly compatible with prior GSM systems. Because the only thing of interest here is a LTE based iPad that is operable world wide on the older GSM networks.


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Rumor has it the iPhone is coming to Verizz-z-z-zzzzzzz....
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It is a competitors product not Apple's..

those idiot heard, tablet, and CDMA and connect those dots to Apple. I think it would easier to connect the dots to Dell or HP before connecting it to Apple

It could very realistically be the iPad. There shouldn't be any sort of exclusivity deal since AT&T has capped data. It would make sense for Apple to make it available on multiple carriers.

I just wonder why the iPad isn't available for T-Mobile. AT&T isn't the beginning and end of everything.
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Verizon Wireless is rumored to be testing a CDMA version of Apple's iPad,

Can't we get Flurry to tell us if it's true?
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Makes sense - Especially with the AT&T tiered data plan announcement today. I hope Verizon and even TMobile get's the iPhone. I am AT&T customer and I don't like the change.

AT&T sure looks like they want to smash the bandwidth hogs into oblivion.

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post #19 of 23
I call BS
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post #20 of 23
Heh, no one dares try to predict that the iPhone would come to T-Mobile. Besides commenters of course I guess they're all banking on Verizon shares heading up in the event that the iPhone really is released on Verizon. But T-Mobile is privately owned, so no wonder they don't get any press
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[cough, cough, bull, cough, cough, ship]
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post #22 of 23
I think, and I hope which is probably influencing this train of thought, that AT&T's new, worse data plan that applies to iPhone is a sign that they've been informed that their exclusivity is up. Maybe the iPad deal that's now cancelled was a sweetening of the pot to try to keep the exclusivity deal in place. Now the writing is on the wall.

AT&T is a terrible company to their customers, I've had them before the iPhone and dropped them and only came back because the iPhone was so, so awesome and so beyond everything else out there. It's still the best, but not by nearly as much as it was a year or two ago, and if iPhone doesn't go to Verizon this year, I'm jumping ship anyway for an Android phone. AT&T has been unusually nice during the two years I've been with them. No surprise fees, no ridiculous bills. Now that they're acting in their usual fashion with this BS new data plan it looks like that's over, and it's probably because they've lost exclusivity, I'm 95% sure of it. The only question now is are they contractually in a position to screw their iPhone customers for a whole year or not?
post #23 of 23
I will give my Iphone and Ipad if it goes to Verizon, one of the worst 3g networks.
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