Hot off the heels of the Verizon iPhone announcement comes a report that Verizon Wireless will soon be offering Apple's iPad with an embedded CDMA chip to better compete with AT&T. From Bloomberg:
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. IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon’s network.
Apple began selling the iPad through Verizon back in October of last year starting at $629.99, but users were somewhat restricted by the need to carry Verizon's MiFi card wherever they go (unlike AT&T). Verizon now suggests that a dedicated CDMA chip will be built right into the iPad itself, doing away with the MiFi-dependant method and allowing users additional mobility instead of worrying about when their MiFi battery might run out. Neither Verizon or Apple have announced when a CDMA iPad will be available.
With all the Verizon iPhone news today it's nice to see Verizon taking steps to ensure a quality experience for iPad users, too. But with all those new iPhone users coming onboard, do you think their network will be able to keep up with demand - especially if they see an influx in iPad subscribers? Sound off in the comments below!