iPad 2 Could Be Coming to Verizon

The amount of rumors coming out for the iPad 2 have been ramping up as anticipation builds for the next generation tablet. The latest rumor: the iPad 2 could be coming to Verizon.

The 3G version of the iPad is only compatible with AT&T’s 3G UMTS network. The hardware needed for the table to connect to Verizon’s network — a CDMA modem — isn’t available in the iPad. That could change with the next generation iPad according to DigiTimes

Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January. Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3, according to industry sources, citing upstream component makers.

The iPad is available to purchase from Verizon but requires the use of a Mifi or portable 3G hotspot that connects to the tablet over Wifi and accesses Verizon’s CDMA network. If this rumor is true, consumers won’t need to purchase a separate mobile hotspot and will be able to choose which carrier they want to use with their iPad before they purchase the device.

About Tanner Godarzi

Tanner is tech-savvy with an eye for great content who is pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Web Design and Interactive Media from the Art Institute of California—Orange County. Tanner has been a freelance Blogger and Social Media consultant for over 4 years and contributed content for O'Reilly's "Big Book Of Apple Hacks." Tanner has blogged for industry notables such as Hadley Stern for Apple Matters, C.K. for Obsessable and gave insight about Social Media for The Blog Herald. Tanner resides in Huntington Beach and is a cycling enthusiast.

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