Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdams kindly spent some time with us this afternoon and spoke at length about the future of LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G high speed Internet from the No.1 U.S. wireless phone company.
Asked if there was “any hope” that Verizon would have the iPad anytime soon, McAdams laughed:
Any Hope!? Any Hope!?
For McAdams tablets will be a big part of Verizon’s offering in the second half of 2010 with Android-based tablets from the usual suspects including Motorola, LG and Samsung.
Asked again if Verizon would do an iPad deal, McAdams said there was “no reason” they couldn’t do a deal, but then didn’t share the reason why they haven’t done one until now.
Of course, the background to this is the market-defining success AT&T has had with both the iPhone and the iPad 3G. Yet the Verizon Wireless chief is confident the future of this market is bigger than Apple.