Verizon is certainly no stranger to Apple rumors. Every iteration of the iPhone has been speculated to coincide with the launch of Verizon as a second carrier. It came as no surprise that for almost a ful year, Verizon was rumored to support the then-forthcoming tablet. Despite last week’s announcement that the iPad would be partnered with AT&T, it seems these Verizon-iPad rumors just won’t die.
According to Silicon Alley Insider, an iPad on Verizon is still in their pipeline. Last Wednesday’s announcement of a partnership with AT&T was met with an audible groan heard around the world. Apple was reportedly in last-minute talks with both carriers a week before the announcement, leading many to believe Verizon was on board. Earlier this month, sources for Computerworld were told “definitely Verizon. I’ve been told it’s a certainty.”
While it’s still unknown why a Verizon partnership wasn’t announced during it’s unveiling, SAI proposed several factors that may have delayed a Verizon iPad:
- AT&T gave in to Apple’s iPad data plan pricing, one that Verizon refused to match.
- Apple wanted the iPad to be contract-free, a demand Verizon was unwilling to compromise.
- AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity covered the iPad until a later date.
- Apple wanted a world version (GSM) first, pushing a less popular EVDO model back several months.
Still, though, many analysts are convinced a CDMA version of the iPad is in the works and scheduled for launch sometime in the 2nd half of 2010. Certainly a Verizon iPad could make for a more attractive buy, as their 3G coverage extends further than that of AT&T’s. Until Verizon and Apple pony up, don’t expect these rumors to die.