updated 11:15 am EST, Wed February 3, 2010
Verizon still wants iPad, iPhone in 2010
Clayton Morris today colored in the details behind his claims of ongoing Verizon iPad talks with word of why the carrier was absent from the launch and its future plans. The Fox News reporter claims that AT&T simply "outbid" other carriers by agreeing to the $30 unlimited and $15 250MB data plans. It's not evident what might have led Verizon to miss out on the deal, though it's allegedly much more concerned with getting an iPhone deal than a 3G-only device like the iPad.
Verizon may also have balked at the comparatively large gap between what it normally charges for data and what Apple was able to land. Much like AT&T, Verizon would normally charge about twice as much for similar amounts of bandwidth for a modem or a netbook.
The company is nonetheless purported to still be in talks with Apple, as it may have been since 2006, but may also be much more committed than it has been in the past. It allegedly hopes to have iPhone and iPad deals sometime in 2010. Many expect it to get more clout once it has an active 4G network and can use a cellular standard that will be shared with AT&T and other carriers.
Verizon representative Jeff Nelson said only that his employer had "no comment" on the talks. AT&T also wouldn't provide details but did say it was content to be the "main carrier partner" for the iPad's 3G.