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Is There a Verizon iPad in the Works or Not?

While most of the talk on Tuesday was about the arrival of the Verizon iPhone, there is another wireless product in the Apple lineup.

You might have heard of it: The iPad.

Indeed, Verizon apparently wants to offer such a product, with the CFO of Verizon Wireless parent Verizon Communications telling Bloomberg that the company would offer such a product at some undefined point in the future.

But a Verizon Wireless representative declined to comment on the Bloomberg report and also declined to comment about its iPad plans. An Apple representative also declined comment.

In fact, the iPad is already sold at Verizon stores.

But it is a Wi-Fi-only model that is paired with a Verizon portable hotspot. The wireless carrier certainly could keep offering it in just that fashion, but it also might make sense at some point to sell a model with a connection to Verizon’s network–something which is currently offered only via AT&T.

In the mean time, Verizon also has another big tablet coming–the Motorola Xoom it introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show

It has the exclusive on the Xoom and is likely to be the first with a Honeycomb-based Google Android tablet for some time, making the need for a Verizon-connected iPad perhaps less critical.

Also, because the Verizon iPhone can act as a portable hot spot, customers could easily share that device’s Internet connection with their iPad. Verizon has not said how much it will charge for either its iPhone service or how much the additional charge will be to use its iPhone as a hotspot.

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