As expected, Verizon announced today that it will soon sell Apple’s iPhone.
Unexpectedly, Verizon "CFO Francis Shammo let slip to a Bloomberg reporter today that a Verizon version of Apple’s iPad is coming eventually, BusinessInsider reports, adding that the unauthorized comment "won’t go over well at Apple HQ in Cupertino," where everything is top secret until Steve Jobs announces it.
The article continues, "Verizon Wireless has been selling Apple’s iPad for several months now, but it requires a separate device to use the mobile Internet. This new iPad will come with Verizon access built in."
What is still unknown is whether the upcoming iPad will connect to Verizon’s 4G network. Verizon said the iPhone 4, when it becomes available next month, will only hook up to Verizon’s 3G network, The New York Times reports.
The NY Times article says, "Verizon’s iPhone 4 will be available for preorder Feb. 3 for existing Verizon customers, and will be generally available for preorder beginning Feb. 10. Verizon executives said the 16-gigabyte version of the phone would cost $199 with a two-year contract, while the 32-gigabyte version would cost $299 — the same as AT&T’s pricing. It said pricing for data plans had not yet been determined."
It has been expected that the company would announce an unlimited data plan, but that was not part of today’s announcement.