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Verizon Reported to be Testing iPads

by Winston Sih | June 3, 2010June 3, 2010 5:41 am PDT

Reports are suggesting that Verizon may be testing out some Apple devices on its CDMA network for compatibility.

The Boy Genius Report reported on Wednesday that one of their “highly placed sources” is testing the iPad on their network.

“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 BGR report says.

Verizon is one of few networks that remain on the CDMA-based technology.  AT&T is the only 3G wireless network that offers support for the iPad in the U.S. as it utilizes GSM technology.  LTE (Long-Term Evolution) is a technology that peak downloads at speeds of at least 50Mbps; Verizon and AT&T are currently adopting this technology.

It would be wise to note that companies test devices to see how they stack up on their networks.  It does not mean they are planning to offer them any time soon.  One thing to also note is timing.  The tip came in the same day AT&T announced they were changing the way data plans are being offered on mobile devices.

As well, AT&T says iPad users will now have to pay $15 for 200MB and $30 for 2GB; removing the previous $30 for unlimited iPad broadband use.


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