Originally Posted by gbaker
I will try to rephrase the question to: Any chance that anyone (particularly Apple) would put BOTH GSM and CDMA on the same cellular device?? (It is only the iPad I am interested in).
Sounds like the best of both worlds. If one doesn't like ATT data packages, click the switch and go to Verizon.
Technically impossible? Or a business decision?
I would hate to have to have ATT change their plan cost (sound eerily familiar) and leave the buyer to spend big $$ to get a seperate Verizon device.
If Apple could do it on the iPad it sounds like a huge chunk of the market would be interested.
Yes, it's technically possible. It would be more expensive for Apple (they always have to balance component cost to retail price, so even adding $10 to components throws everything out of balance). However, GSM is currently the best option for international use because SIM cards are ubiquitous and it's easy to configure the device. And don't kid yourself about AT&T being the only company to modify plans/rates. It happens with every carrier at one time or another.