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Now that that’s settled – Let the Verizon iPad rumors begin!

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Thank goodness the Verizon iPhone is finally here. Now the rumors about it can end. The cries to free the iPhone from AT&T can cease. And we can go back to not talking about any Verizon-Apple products until… Oh, you have to be kidding me.

Yep, the dust hadn’t even settled from the announcement of the Verizon iPhone when talk about the Verizon iPad, one that does not rely on an external MiFi mobile hotspot, began. In fairness though, this isn’t a rumor – it’s straight from the Verizon money man’s mouth. Via Bloomberg Businessweek:

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.

No subtle insinuations this time. Just a straight-out statement that Verizon will get an iPad directly on their network. Despite my weariness over the general subject matter, I have to admit, this does actually interest me.

First, if it works like the AT&T iPad and allows users to buy service on the spot without contract, then I might consider it, just as I have considered its AT&T counterpart. If it allows hotspot service, just like the Verizon iPhone 4, then I’ll be just about sold. I’ve already said I would eventually get an iPad, and as we look more seriously at mobile and tablet-based publishing options at work, the pressure to do so is growing. On top of that, I’ve recognized that a mobile hotspot, separate from my phone, would have come in handy recently. Put those together in one device (without a two-year contract), and I’m out of excuses.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

5 Comments

  1. Josh Einstein

    01/11/2011 at 11:36 pm

    I refuse to subscribe to any more data plans. I’m sick of the nickle and diming. Or in this case, the $20′ing and $40′ing. It should be fairly obvious (from usage data) if someone is simultaneously using a data plan from two different places. Back when the first Windows Mobile smart phones could use dial-up internet access, you could simply dial in from the phone or your computer. One internet account could work for both. Now 10 years later we can’t do that. Argh!

  2. Anonymous

    01/12/2011 at 4:00 am

    One rumor went away, another catch up.Rumors, let him go, I don’t care about it any more. But the verizon iPhone is finally released and I will get one now. More info about iPhone: http://www.aneesoft.com/tutorials/iphone/index.html

  3. sammy

    01/15/2011 at 2:55 pm

    The last sentence “without a 2 year contract” is the catch. I would love an I phone or an I pad but there is no way that I am signing a 2 year contract again. I have a Straight Talk phone and will soon get one of their new smartphones, which do most of what an I phone does. I am sure that they will get better and better phones and probably something like an I pad as well. I would rather be a little behind the technology loop and not ited to a contract.

  4. Anonymous

    03/02/2011 at 2:48 am

    oh totally gotta agree with you sammy. You pretty much said in words everyting I have been thinking. I like straight talk a lot because for me the service has just been really good for where I live. No signal blocks and the money is so right. I cant imagine changing.

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