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Report: Apple to launch CDMA iPad on Verizon

Apple is planning to produce a CDMA-compliant version of the iPad for use on Verizon Wireless, according to a new report. Citing Francis Shammo, CFO of Verizon Communications—Verizon Wireless’ parent company—Bloomberg reports that the new offering will pose a further challenge to AT&T, which lost its iPhone exclusivity with today’s announcement of a CDMA iPhone 4 for Verizon. The report states that Shammo declined to say when the product may become available, but given the fact that the current-generation iPad was revealed almost a year ago, it seems likely that any CDMA version may appear as a second-generation product. Verizon currently sells Wi-Fi-only iPad units—bundled with MiFi mobile hotspots for data access—at its stores.

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If CDMA and GSM/UMTS both can be implemented within the same unit, fine. (Feature in iPad 2?) Otherwise, it will create customer confusion, especially in the second-hand market (an user in Africa, buying a used 3G CDMA iPad 2, will to his dismay discover that 3G will not work in his region).

Posted by Charles Starrett on January 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM (CST)

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