Tablets Prescribed for Verizon
Killian, speaking at an Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. conference in Boston on Wednesday, said that Verizon has been "working hard with a couple of different manufacturers on tablet devices."
"We will have some tablet devices in the second half of this year," Killian said. Long Term Evolution (LTE)-capable devices will follow "early next year," he added.
Both Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) have been previously named as potential tablet vendors for Verizon. "We will have some news there in the not-too-distant future," Killian said. (See Gadget Watch: Verizon May Be Google's Tablet Pal and Moto & Verizon Plan TV Tablet.)
Verizon will, of course, be playing catchup with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Apple on the tablet front. AT&T said it sold 400,000 to 500,000 3G iPads in the second quarter of this year, significantly reviving the number of pay-as-you-go users on its networks. Over 75 percent of the iPad users signed up for AT&T's more expensive plan, capped at 2GB of data for $25 a month. (See AT&T's Q2 iBoost.)
Nonetheless, if Verizon and its vendors can stick to Killian's stated schedule then an LTE tablet, early next year, could be one of the first devices on the new network that isn't a data card.
Killian reiterated that data cards will be the first LTE gizmos offered when the network launches in the fourth quarter. "We are very confident that smartphones will be available in the first half of next year."
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile