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Verizon CEO Seidenberg: Verizon still interested in the iPhone, but it is Apple's decision

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Verizon CEO Seidenberg: Verizon still interested in the iPhone, but it is Apple's decision
Verizon has been beating up on the iPhone lately, calling Apple's iconic touchscreen device the 'iDon't' in a series of ads for the upcoming Android powered Motorola Droid. So you would think that Big Red has absolutely no interest in the device. Think again. Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg says that his company is still interested in the iPhone, but that it is up to Apple to make the decision to put the phone on the nation's number one network. The executive said, "This is a decision that is exclusively in Apple’s court. We obviously would be interested at any point in the future they thought it would make sense for them to have us as a partner." The CEO gave Apple its' props over the success of the device, "We have to sit back and give them credit for that," said Seidenberg, "Our view is to broaden the base of choice for customers, and hopefully along the way, Apple, as well as others, will decide to jump on the bandwagon." With Apple refusing to comment on when its' exclusivity deal with AT&T in the U.S. expires, it might not be until Verizon rolls out its' 4G LTE network nationwide before we see a Verizon branded iPhone.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


This article has already been posted on this website. WE KNOW! and personally who cares anymore. Let apple limit their base in the US while it dominates the global market over seas, that's their loss.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 00:23

2. hkphooey (Posts: 35; Member since: 18 Oct 2009)


I agree, who cares anymore? Everyone who really wanted the iPhone would have gotten one by now.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 11:31

19. theman414 (Posts: 132; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


I know lots of Verizon customers who are thinking about switching when their contract ends just to get the iPhone. Verizon would keep all of those customers and substancially hurt AT&T but I just don't think they're going to get it anytime soon.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 21:07

44. vmatikov (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)


I agree... I think it rly just doesn't matter anymore. Like if VZW needs to attract customers, i doubt that they actually need the iPhone to do that. It's a phone. It's cool... But there are other cool phones. So idk everyone is going apeshit over this... It's been talked to death.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 00:51

3. jherz6 (Posts: 215; Member since: 23 May 2008)


I completely agree who cares anymore, even if the iphone came to VZW I still wouldnt get it. \You cant insur it, you cant change the battery yourself. Also if you buy it from Verizon you have to go to Apple for support. NOT happening if I buy something from one company you shouldnt have to go to another for support.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 02:15

5. tflex (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Oct 2008)


Iphone does have insurance available through apple now for $75... Check ur facts before u post..

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 09:59

12. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i love how you say "now." it seems like all the features that a basic phone should have, have been recently updated for the iphone when it should have been available in the first place.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 12:22

22. Hotzb22 (Posts: 103; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)


that is not insurance that is just extended warranty doesn't cover physical damage or lost/stolen

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 12:29

23. wishbone (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


I've had the iphone for over a year and they've had the insurance before that,,,,,,so tell me,,,if all you Verizon fans are so dead set against the iphone, why is Verizon so set on getting it?

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 12:44

24. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


verizon doesnt give a crap about this phone or that wishbone, they care about increasing customer base and reducing churn. what little VZW churn there is, a good chunk of it goes to ATT for an iphone (1/3 of those customers come back very quicky when they realise ATT service sucks for the price) in the last quarter like 4/5ths of all ATT new subscribers got an Iphone. The phone itself is out dated, over rated, and way too controlled, but it does sell because there are 100 million idiots (actually way higher :) ) in the world who know nothing about what a phone can do, and get what all their friends think is cool. Old news, is apple went to VZW first, but VZW wouldnt play apples game of special priveledges for apple. If VZW and apple get together expect Apple to bend to VZW and get with the program, not the other way around. VZW wont let itself be screwed like ATT is just to get a phone. iphone this, iphone that, its only as good as the network its on, and ATT's network is far inferior to VZWs (everyones is). you think ibots like their phone now.. just wait till it actually works most of the time on a better network, lol :)

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 13:35

26. BrokenImaege (Posts: 173; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)


Look, if we get it, we get it. If not, we have other devices now. The Iphone for the most part is a marketing gimic. It really isn't the best phone out there. People are going after it though due to the marketing put into the device. I give Apple all types of kudos for it. The problem is people are now starting to see the difference in networks. Eventually, it will get to the point where it will come down to the network and people will leave. The one thing I don't like about this is that the CEO of Verizon, not Verizon Wireless said all this. I work for Verizon Wireless and to be honest, with the partnerships we have setup now, I think we have moved past the IPhone. The only reason we even think about that phone is to kill AT&T. The phone,as above, is really outdated. What is really new about it? Bigger onboard memory? A faster processor for a 3G network that really doesn't exisit? I think once Andriod launches for us, you will see a change in things. I've played with Driod and the Apps are there to compete with the Apple App Store.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 14:00

27. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I agree. I personally don't care, and I wish vzw would stop elluding to it. I will never buy an apple product... EVER!

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 14:41

29. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


you buddy, deserve a +1. :-)

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 17:17

33. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


You all sound like a bunch of broken records. We all know that the iPhone is not the best phone out there. With this redundant statement posted again, I think we all know the obvious reasons people purchase the iPhone... I digress... I don't need to go on... I already sound like a broken record myself... haha!

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 21:39

45. Man_of_God (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


I don't like to bash anyone, but I want you to think about what you about buying a product from one company and letting another service it. Computers are rarely bought from the manufactuer. Show Wal-Mart service your computer. What about your phone? You can buy that there as well. Do you want WM servicing your VZW DROID?think about it.....

posted on 01 Nov 2009, 15:15

54. vzwtechbill (Posts: 175; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


Open source and proprietary-free devices FTW

posted on 01 Nov 2009, 22:27

55. wishbone (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


The Droid is just another attempt at an iphone copy just like the Storm. For a company who thinks the iphone sucks they sure seem to spend a lot of time and money attempting to copy it.The iphone is a proven winner hands down. I'm glad it's on the ATT network,,,,,that way my phone isn't bogged down with all the Vcrap.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 01:46

4. Onomatopoeia (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)


+1 for the above comments, -1 for phone arena fact checking, the campaign is a joint one from Moto and Google not VZW.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 02:19

6. tflex (Posts: 146; Member since: 24 Oct 2008)


Also, mms is fixed along with many other issues... Now what r people going to complain about?? Next we will be hearing how the iphone is too rectangular...wtf?? Jealous fanboys want it soo bad and cant have it so they bash it...

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 04:40

7. biggles (Posts: 213; Member since: 15 Oct 2009)


Yeah, it took 3 iterations of hardware and software to get MMS working, something that's been around most of the decade. Sheesh, what are you people gonna complain about next, that it drops too many calls? Oh...wait a minute...

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 10:00

13. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


yes it's very boring design that hasn't changed after 3 phones.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 11:54

20. VZWfangirl (Posts: 71; Member since: 25 Jul 2009)


@tflex What you fail to realize is that we can have it. Anyone can leave a carrier at any time and go to another. Obviously the people on Verizon choose not to have the iPhone. Perhaps the terrible service is not worth it?

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 15:37

30. hkphooey (Posts: 35; Member since: 18 Oct 2009)


Hey tflex...I definitely can afford an iPhone even the original $600 iPhone (which I bought) I, like many others have been dissatisfied with not only the iPhone but AT&T service. That's why I'm back at VZW, and they are not that expensive, they are on par with AT&T pricing...with better service. I need a phone for a PHONE....not just a toy that can make calls...sometimes.... Jealousy does not enter into that equation at all. In fact, I see many iPhone owner's trying to show off the iPhone because that's the only expensive thing they own. I'm not impressed.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 21:41

46. Man_of_God (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


Have you used one????

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 22:54

49. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


The iPhone is certainly not the most expensive thing I own. Secondly, I had te exact opposite experience with the iPhone. I left Verizon almost a year and a half ago and don't regret it. The iPhone does everything I need and more and if it was so bad, people wouldn't buy it. And if it is all hype, it wouldn't be one of the top selling phones for two years in a row. As for AT&T, I would never have went to them if it wasn't for the iPhone. But my phones works great. If you live in the middle of somewhere like Utah, then I suggest not getting an AT&T phone. Simple as that.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 23:51

51. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


why would i be bashing/commenting about a phone that i havn't even used?

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 06:17

8. becazican (unregistered)


at one time i would of thought of almost switching for the iphone but it is way pasted it times. I love apple but I think it made a mistake by doing exclusive w at&t. what a lousy network, switched to it for 3 days. I have never figured out about when your battery dies in your iphone what do you do for a phone when you send it back to apple. not a fanboy of vzw but they do have the best network.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 11:02

18. theman414 (Posts: 132; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


The battery life on the iphone is excellent

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 16:38

32. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


it's not the point. the point is if you are on a plane or forget your charger or something, you have the option of carrying an extra batter.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 21:44

47. Man_of_God (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


They make accesories to charge an iPhone via an small external battery.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 23:00

50. E.N. (Posts: 2362; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


When I had Verizon, I never bought an extended battery. I don't even think most people do. When I was in Verizon, I bought a memory card that was 2gig for $100, and now I have 8gig internally. I finally got MMS on my iphone a dew weeks ago, but I don't even use it. People keep saying crap about the phone but they are all stupid. I still haven't heard any concrete examples other than AT&T.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 23:53

52. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


what makes you want the iphone though? what's so good about it? i would rather get the bb Bold.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 08:54

9. VZWsucks (Posts: 19; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Tell Seidenberg to go get his shine box!

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 09:08

11. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


whats wrong you cant afford VZWs network, they do have free phones. you sound like a metro or crickit type of guy dont be mad just be patiant with all the droped calls and VERY slow browser youll be ok

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 12:16

21. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Hey vzwman... Attacking someone by ASSuming they can't afford a network is about the most ridiculous argument you could ever make. You don't know people on here personally. You don't know what people can and cannot afford. Get a life dude. You think you are some hot shit because you can afford Verizon? Along with the other 89+ million people out there? Along with all the 80ish Million people on AT&T who pay the same amount(Plan Prices are the exact same) as Verizon Subscribers? Yeah Man, you are one Bad Ass! Moron...

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 14:15

28. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


lol take your own advice you dont know who i am or wat im about lil prick

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 18:07

35. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


so that means 80 million people can afford vzw, and 80 million people SHOULD BE ON vzw because they are paying the same for less service lol. at least Tmo is honest w/ its pricing.. lesser network, lesser cost. vzw is prime so they charge prime. att is just a wannabe :)

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 18:37

36. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Oh, I'll give you that logic for sure! Absolutely. I agree that AT&T should be more honest with their pricing. I just do not appreciate some people around here making dumb-ass comments as I mentioned above.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 19:09

37. remixfa (Posts: 14163; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its easy to act all big n huffy puffy on a thread since theirs no real conciquences besides maybe being banned and having to make a new acct name lol

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 19:43

38. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


lol iduno why fanboys suck so offensive i think VZWsucks is his laddy or something i think they both suck each other

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 19:59

40. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Great... A 12 year old making "funnies"...nice. What the hell has this forum come to?

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 20:27

41. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


last time i checked this is not a forum.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 20:37

43. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


bah... so technical... cheers

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 21:45

48. Man_of_God (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


VZW employee using VZweb talking points

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 08:58

10. vzwman (Posts: 385; Member since: 26 Oct 2009)


if this happens then the iphone can show its tru potential

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 10:09

14. VZWbamf (Posts: 61; Member since: 11 Oct 2009)


Apple would be stupid not to branch out. Look how much market share the gained after opening up the iPhone in Europe. I'm sure there are many people who HATE AT&T but love their iPhone too much to switch. If the phone was actually on a good network.... You know the rest.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 10:19

15. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Also, this just in, people inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 10:20

16. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


When 4G rolls out and VZW starts using SIM cards, then it makes sense for Apple to start using VZW.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 10:57

17. Homotechual (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)


Oh Please, I'v own a MyTouch, an 8900, a Cliq, and the Hero if I wanted the Iphone I would have it. Don't give me that BULL that i hate it because I can't have it. Besides the touch screen the phone is not really that innovative. Android is so much better, with so much more to offer then Iphone ever will! All the Iphone is is a Ipod Touch that can make calls. LOL

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 13:20

25. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Is there any doubt the Iphone got VZW craving lol......the redneck network need to get a life and the Iphone in a hurry jejeje....!!!!!

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 15:53

31. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)


AT&T sucks. period. too bad apple sold out on their contract and went with them. they iphone would be a better choice on pretty much any other CDMA carrier... even sprint, and you naysayers know it's the truth.

posted on 31 Oct 2009, 02:51

53. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Sorry fanboy but CDMA is DDDYYYYIIIINNNNNGGGGG...........want some prove check this out: TELSTRA, MOVISTAR, TELUS, BELL, all these carriers and many others have chosen 3GSM, that's a fact.......Apple is not gonna make a CDMA Iphone, they didn't for the 400 millions chinesse suscribers, they won't for the Redneck crapy VZW.........!!!!!

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 17:48

34. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)


".....Verizon has been beating up on the iPhone lately, calling Apple's iconic touchscreen device the 'iDon't' in a series of ads for the upcoming Android powered Motorola Droid..." OMG....will someone at this site please pay attention to ads? This is not a vehicle of VZW. The "iDon't" ads are strictly products of Motorola and Google. Verizon Wireless isn't mentioned ONCE in those ads. At least with the Storm 2, they directly mention Verizon Wireless.

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 19:46

39. Mateo8326 (Posts: 472; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Verizon needs to get off the iphone; i give the iphone about one more year before it takes it toll, Blackberry 4Life

posted on 30 Oct 2009, 20:28

42. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i love my blackberry too, but once the dorid comes out, i just got to get rid of my crapberry storm.

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