Apple ropes in Verizon as telco partner for Apple Newton II tablet; debut next week

January 21, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple Newton II

We have been hearing loads of news and rumors on the upcoming Apple tablet. Now, here is an update. The Apple Newton II tablet, that is what is being called for now, will hop on the Verizon network and will house a wireless chip from the house of Qualcomm. That sounds like an interesting piece of information, indeed.

It is a known fact that Apple had been working alongside Verizon to find users for the tablet as and when it arrives. Now with the grapevine saying that Apple and telco partner Verizon have kicked off a new a relationship , it could mean that tablet would find added acceptance even before it comes on to the scene.

The new relationship also could mean that the tablet (illustrated by The Street as in picture) could come for a lesser price that anticipated. It is being expected that Verizon might cut at least $200 from the price and might add a two-year data service plan of around $60 a month. Meanwhile, when Apple sells it directly, the tablet could cost around $800, sans a subsidy. The tablet is scheduled for debut next week, and will reach stores in March.

(Via TheStreet)

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