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Verizon To Start Selling CDMA iPad, Too?

It looks like Verizon doesn’t want to stop at a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 that runs on its network. According to Bloomberg, Verizon Wireless will start selling iPads that can connect “directly” to its network. Such an iPad would have to include a CDMA chip to eliminate the need of a portable, external hotspot as in the current iPad configuration Verizon is selling in its retail stores.

Verizon Wireless will sell a version of Apple Inc.’s iPad tablet computer that can connect directly to its network, posing another challenge to AT&T Inc. as the carrier’s exclusive hold on the iPhone draws to a close.

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. Shammo declined to say when the change may happen.

Verizon started selling the iPad on October 28th, offering the option to bundle the device with a mobile hotspot for 3G connectivity. Verizon’s current pricing for iPad + MiFi is the following: a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad bundled with MiFi costs $630, 32GB Wi-Fi iPad + MiFi is $730, and 64GB Wi-Fi iPad plus MiFi is $830. A CDMA-enabled iPad wouldn’t need an additional hotspot or a SIM card slot as seen in the current iPad WiFi + 3G units, also sold by AT&T.

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