At least Verizon
On the one hand, I can't blame Verizon. Tabs aren't exactly cheap to carry, and Android tabs haven't been flying off the shelves in the same way the iPad has. Locking consumers into a two-year deal guarantees cash flow from an otherwise volatile product family.
But on the other hand, I can't see how Verizon sells even one shackled Android tab when the no-contract iPad sits on the next shelf. So what if one has 4G and the other doesn't? That only matters if said Android device is able to use apps that need 4G. Apps like, you know, Netflix
And don't talk to me about Amazon.com's
Some users are likely to look past these issues and buy on the promise of 4G. And if they do, Verizon will make a mint on data charges. The cheapest plan begins at $20 monthly for 1 gigabyte of service rising to $80 a month for 10 gigs of data, confirming earlier reports.
Yet on the whole, I expect this rollout to be about on par with the market's reaction to Motorola Mobility's
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