Apple’s tablet will use multiple carriers, including Verizon’s 3G network, say sources

“Apple’s tablet will use Verizon’s wireless data network to connect to the Internet when users are out of range of a Wi-Fi hotspot, a Wall Street analyst today said his sources were reporting,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “‘The tablet will be supported by multiple [mobile] carriers,’ said Brian Marshall of Broadpoint AmTech, citing unnamed sources he said were close to the situation. ‘Verizon and others,’ he continued. ‘Definitely Verizon. I’ve been told that’s a certainty.'”

“Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) added its voice to the clamor about an impending Apple tablet, saying that the device would be unveiled later this month but wouldn’t ship until March,” Keizer reports. “According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has been working on two different material finishes for the tablet, which will sport a 10- or 11-in. screen.”

Keizer reports, “Most are betting that Apple will introduce the tablet the last week of this month… Already signed and sealed, Gottheil said, were deals with book, magazine and newspaper publishers; movie studios; and television networks. ‘Apple will have had to make a lot of deals with content providers by now if it is launching in March,’ he said.”

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32 Comments

  1. I don’t buy it. Like I said before, Apple want you to buy one of everything, and it seems stupid to force your customers to carry two wireless contracts. AT&T;all the way, baby.

  2. so, iphone users (including me) pissed and moaned about att and all of the issues they failed to address in a timely manner and promises (tethering) they broke. i’m curious to see (if verizon is part of this gig) how verizon handles the avalanche of user bandwidth a tablet would bring.

    i suspect they will be no better than att, and if the droid data plan is any indication i would rather stick with att.

  3. Sounds like it’s a go. My rationale? There are SO many rumors that if it were not true Apple would have to just say it ain’t so. They want it up and running by next school year — watch out for textbooks. In the book publishing world that’s where the $$$ has always been. Now, it they can keep their profit margins, make them cheaper for parents and more portable for students, it’s a win-win-win-win for all four.

    iSlate looks to be the winner name and while iBook may be seen as limiting the device, I still like iBook. It has a certain ring to it.

  4. So the tablet won’t be exclusive to any one carrier, huh?

    So much for those who stated emphatically, that AT&T garnered another exclusive deal. The iPhones success was so great, it opened doors for the Apple tablet and Verizon isn’t going to make the same mistake twice.

    Apple doesn’t need favors anymore. Apple has proven lightning strikes twice, first iPod and then iPhone, so its now quite obvious to the market, Apple is very good at what they do and when the tablet proves to be another heavenly success, Jobs will become a the patron Saint of the Street.

    @The Rev.

    Weren’t you Dr. Rev. just a couple of days ago?

  5. I am wanting a apple tablet, but I will not be buying another monthly connection service. I have an iPhone and it cost $30 a month for the internet connection. I am not paying for yet another connection.

    I hope I can buy the apple tablet with no monthly contract.

  6. Kindle models come bundled with either Sprint or AT&T;3G connectivity with no monthly cost, it’s included in the cost of downloading reading materials. In other words, pay by the transaction, not by the month.

  7. @dmc

    Not to worry, the iPhone will be coming to Verizon soon enough and in spite of all their hyperbole about how great their service is, they too will soon feel the weight of the rhinoceros in the room.

    Despite whatever Verizon says, iPhone on their network will be a compromised experience and Apple’s fine print will be sure to point that out. Some features may, or may not be available at time of purchase and any compromises should be addressed with your carrier.

    iPhone tethering was a highly anticipated feature that was compromised, but not by Apple, by its exclusive US partner.

    AT&T won’t have an exclusive on the tablet and it may be awhile before Apple ever has to choose the exclusive route again. Let’s hope so, anyway, because confining your product to a single entity has to be the greatest limitation in a Free Market.

    This time next year, even Walmart will be able to sell the Apple tablet.

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