Rumor: Subsidized Apple iTablet Coming to Verizon this Year?
An initial version of the long-anticipated Apple tablet will be subsidized by Verizon (VZ Quote), but Apple and Verizon "won't be as tightly integrated" as Apple's iPhone exclusivity deal with AT&T (T Quote), says one source familiar with the companies, who asked not to be named.
iTablet, or MediaPad, rumors for Verizon are nothing new of course. The Verizon subsidy would help reduce the initial sticker price of an $800 iTablet down to something more competitive with low cost netbooks, though with only a data plan and no voice, the subsidy wouldn't be a large as the one AT&T provides to iPhone customers who promptly return ~$100 a month in service fees.
Since Verizon is CDMA and Apple is an international company, it's hard to believe a GSM version of the iTablet -- if such a beatie is really near release -- isn't in the works, or wasn't completed first. So, hopefully, those not on Verizon, not eager for a CDMA data plan, or not in the US will have iTablet options as well.