With last week’s iPad announcement came a pretty big shocker: the iPad comes with 3G, and you’ll get it from AT&T. Everyone was betting on 3G for the tablet, but they also were placing money on Verizon being the main candidate. As a result, when things went the way of the AT&T Death Star, Verizon’s stock dropped 2.2 percent according to an article in Delaware Online.
It seemed like a given, too. After all, AT&T hasn’t exactly been good to Apple and the iPhone. We still don’t have tethering, 3G coverage is spotty at best in most areas, and don’t even bring up New York or San Francisco – you might as well own a tin can and some string out there. Better yet, Apple’s contract with AT&T is over the iPhone, NOT the iPad, so there’s an easy out. why not take it?
My guess – and this is all conjecture – is that Verizon was being too much of a pain in the ass. They wanted the iPhone, the iPad and anything else with a cell chip in it produced by Apple for the next decade, plus 75% of the cut. I really do think that Verizon feels that since they’ve got the best network and the best coverage that Apple should crawl on hands and knees to kiss their butts. On the contrary, AT&T is raking in the dough thanks to Apple, so why would Apple need to kiss up? Frankly, I’m willing to bet there’s a line at Steve Jobs’ door that starts with reps from Sprint, T-Mobile and even Nextel. I think Verizon may need to eat some humble pie before Apple caves in to them.