Verizon Wireless Chief Executive Lowell McAdam isn’t shy in admitting that his company is working with Google to bring a device of iPad calibre to the market: “We’re looking at all the things Google has in its archives that we could put on a tablet to make it a great experience.” Verizon Wireless and Google has enjoyed a great relationship with the Android OS and perhaps an Android-based Droid Pad is in the works.
Though specifics weren’t given, Verizon Wireless has been aggressive with its smartphone and plan pricing as it competes with AT&T, which has iPhone and iPad exclusivity in the US. Verizon Wireless has been pushing smartphones with its BOGO–buy one get one free–promotions for hardware and recently at the beginning of April made its mobile hotspot app on the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus available for free without any additional monthly tethering charges–all you pay for is the voice plan as well as the smartphone data plan.
AT&T on the other hand, with the iPad, has launched its own aggressive pricing campaign for $30 for unlimited iPad data as well as offering its iPad plan without any monthly contract. The charges are recurring, but users can cancel at any time.