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RIM, Verizon Edge into Tablet Market

Magazine article Information Today

RIM, Verizon Edge into Tablet Market

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The April release of Apple's iPad firmly cemented tablets as a hot tech item for 2010. Now some other major players in the mobile market are edging into the growing tablet market.

In late October, Verizon began selling iPads in its stores. Though users who purchase iPads sold by AT&T can use AT&T's wireless network, the same isn't true for Verizon. Verizon's version of the device will not connect directly to its cell network. Instead, the tablet is being bundled and sold with Verizon's MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot, a compact smartphone-sized device. This allows nearby Wi-Fi devices (including the iPad) to share a mobile internet connection by piggybacking on the MiFi's 3G connection. Verizon will be offering the iPad in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions.

Verizon's move to offer iPads through its retail stores is also fueling speculation that the provider may offer iPhones in the future. In a Wall Street Journal article titled "Apple Readies Verizon iPhone," Apple and Verizon are rumored to be developing a version of the iPhone 4 to be released in early 2011 for the Verizon network. Analysts quoted by the Journal speculated that the rising threat of Google's Android-based phones played a part in Apple expanding its iPhone beyond AT&T, which has been the sole carrier since its release in 2007. …

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