The Verizon iPhone was the foundation that the mobile rumor mill was built on, and for years it was thought to only be a myth brought to life in the minds of envious Verizon customers. Even the final announcement of the Verizon iPhone was met with well prepared skepticism since the iPhone has shot up within the centralized framework with Apple and AT&T in collaboration. Once it finally was thrust onto the market it blew the smart phone world wide open, as well as the expectations of the iPhone's available plans. Here we saw not one, but three data options for Verizon users, which finally made the long proud AT&T clientele, turn a little green when looking across the service provider fencing. Now with the iPad 2 readily on the horizon the question is only natural: is the iPad 2 Verizon ready?
Today's Verizon iPad
Today there is a system that can be called a Verizon iPad in name only, yet the primary service plans for the current iPad 3G are based with AT&T. You can subscribe with Verizon utilizing their Mifi Mobile Hotspots with a relatively expensive data plan, though this still seems a little unnecessary for iPad users. Since the iPad's 3g service remains with Apple, which promises up to 7.2 Mbps speed, it seems illogical for users to forcefully jump over to Verizon for any reason.
iPad 2 Dual Chipset
What we saw with the Verizon iPhone release was that the device held dual chipset: meaning both CDMA and GSM network capabilities. The basic logic being extended here is that the iPad 2 upon its release will not be an AT&T exclusive device, but instead one that will hold dual chipsets to then be sold to both Verizon and AT&T users. From here they can decide upon their service carriers, unless they still have the ability to choose a Wi-Fi only iPad 2 model. Verizon‚Äôs 4G Long-Term Evolution network could also end up a real player here with the possibility of an iPad 2 with an LTE chipset, though this is not as assured as the dual CDMA and GSM pairing. It is really still difficult to say what the differences between these would do to impact the assumed A5 dual-core processor that is going to heat up the new carbon-fiber body of the iPad 2.
AT&T vs. Verizon
Since Apple has already opened up its commercial network to Verizon completely it seems as though they are going to only extend it further, which means that the real question is how AT&T is going to respond to the warrior in the mist. The Wallstreet Journal has already stated that Verizon will be a ready provider on the iPad 2 upon release, yet it will not be offering a 4G network. What this likely means is that the real spoils of war are yet to be seen for Verizon and AT&T, but we do know that both Sprint and T-Mobile are going to have to warm the bench during this one.