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Apple To Launch CDMA iPad 3G?

by on January 12th, 2011

Following yesterday’s Verizon CDMA iPhone 4 announcement, Bloomberg reports that a CDMA version of the iPad 3G is also set to debut on the Verizon wireless network.

Verizon Wireless will sell a version of Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer that can connect directly to its network, posing another challenge to AT&T Inc. as the carrier’s exclusive hold on the iPhone draws to a close.

Verizon will get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications Inc., the parent of the wireless unit, said today in an interview in New York. IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon’s network. Shammo declined to say when the change may happen.

At this time, Verizon offers the iPad WiFi with their MiFi mobile device. Using the MiFi device, the iPad can connect wirelessly to the MiFi which in turn is connected to the Verizon data network. The MiFi also supports numerous connections.

If a CDMA-based iPad 3G is released, Verizon users would only need the iPad 3G and associated data plan. There would be no need for the MiFi device.

Also, a CDMA-based iPad 3G could make its way to Canada and be supported by the existing national Telus and Bell CDMA networks, as well as other Canadian CDMA-based carriers. Such an opportunity could deliver a 3G capable device to many remote areas in Canada.

[Bloomberg]

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