A while back we heard rumors that the iPad 2 would come with dualmode configuration that would allow for the tablet to run on both AT&T and Verizon's networks. The same would probably carry over to future models of the iPhone. Actually, rumors were kind of mixed.
Well now that the iPad 2 is official, we can know what exactly is going on, and the reality may not be as convenient as we'd hoped. The CDMA/GSM chipset is not happening this time around, as it seems that the iPad 2 3G is coming in two separate models one for AT&T's GSM network and another for Verizon's CDMA powered network.
It's shown through the tech specs on Apple's website under the device's weight and 3G section. The AT&T model will weigh 1.35 pounds, and the Verizon model will weigh 1.34 pounds. The difference in weight is insignificant, but this contradicts all the past rumors we heard of the iPad being compatible across both carriers with a single dualmode chipset.
From Apple: "If you decide on an iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G, be sure to select the model that corresponds with the carrier you‚Äôd like to use for 3G service. The iPad model you purchase is specially configured to work with either AT&T or Verizon ‚Äî not both. So while you don‚Äôt have to activate 3G service right away, you should choose your iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G according to the carrier you prefer."
This means that you will have to make sure that you pick up the iPad model that corresponds to your carrier, if you'd like 3G service. As Apple's statement says above "You won't be able to switch as the iPad model you purchase is specially configured to work with either AT&T or Verizon ‚Äî not both."
A minor inconvenience if anything, but it's worth keeping an eye on for those who are making the upgrade or purchasing the new tablet altogether.
That said, which iPad model do you think you will be getting? Are you sticking with AT&T's network? Or going with Verizon? Let us know in the comments section below.