The latest iPad rumor circulating the news network stems from a "highly placed source" claiming that Verizon is testing the Apple tablets on its network. While nothing has been confirmed or denied by either company, the model currently in testing is a CDMA-compatible device. There was also mention of an LTE version (4G), however no other details were provided.
The news comes at the heels of AT&T's recent changes to the iPad data plans, shedding the $30 unlimited plan for a less data-consuming $25/month for 2 GB option. "iPad customers will continue to pre-pay for their wireless data plan and no contract is required," AT&T said. "Existing iPad customers who have the $29.99 per month unlimited plan can keep that plan or switch to the new $25 per month plan with 2 GB of data."
As for Verizon, it's highly possible that the company is indeed testing the iPad. After all, there doesn't seem to be any kind of exclusivity agreement between Apple and AT&T in regards to the tablet. Throw in the fact that Android 2.2 (Froyo) will offer an Internet hotspot for the Apple device, Verizon may eventually sell both the Wi-Fi and (speculated) CDMA iPads to its already-contracted customers at a possible discount. Owners of both the iPad and a Froyo-based smartphone wouldn't really need AT&T's service.
As with any rumor, there's always a sliver of truth packed in, so stay tuned as more information is revealed over the next few months.