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Verizon spokesman says iPhone not in carrier's "Immediate Future"

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Beet.TV asked Verizon spokesman John Johnson about the iPhone and the response was quick. The iPhone is not in Big Red's "Immediate Future" according to Johnson, who quickly deflected the conversation into a statement on Android, the Droid Incredible and Verizon's 4G plans. So it would seem that we finally have the word directly from someone who actually works for Verizon. Of course, the next question is, just how long in time is the immediate future?

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:46

1. oo7jbondistm (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 May 2010)


Who cares im sure there a bunch of Iphone fanboys that will jump on here say verizon is stupid for not picking up the iphone. But seriously I have had the Iphone ive had blacberrys and now have a droid. The droid has made the Iphone irrelevant for verizon and that is why verizon is in no rush to get it. Anyone that can name one thing that the iphone does better then the droid then they havent done their research or havent used a droid. The droid Multitasks and i can text or surf the web while in a phone call when necessary. Oh and a little application called isyncr for 2.99 in the market allows me to use my itunes and full playlists.

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 13:43

2. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)


"Anyone that can name one thing that the iphone does better than the droid then they havent done their research or havent used a droid" ...or they just don't like the Droid. It's not necessarily the Droid alone, it's more so Android itself. As a mass market product, the iPhone OS is a bit better in terms of user experience. Though, I'd rather have Android w/ Sense, I can accept the fact that the iPhone is popular for a reason...

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 13:47

3. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Thanks for adding that bit at the end about an app in the Android market that allows you to sync Android with Mac applications. Thateas always one of my hold-outs for Android but if that's the case, then Android has just become much more of an appealing option for me.

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 14:00

5. bartoolz (Posts: 7; Member since: 23 Apr 2009)


I am a huge Android fan. I currently own the HTC Incredible (after upgrading from the Motorola Droid), and love it. But I will give the iphone props on one thing and one thing only... the facebook app. Currently, the facebook apps (all of them) for the android leave a little bit to be desired. They each have certain parts they excel at, but there isn't one that does it all. I have faith though that someone (preferably FACEBOOK) will fix that. :) Android FTW!!!

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 14:05

6. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


Just to be clear, you can only surf and talk if you are surfing over a wifi network.

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 14:34

9. Miacol (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Oct 2008)


The three major problems I have with Android right now is 1. correcting text, if i write a paragraph, I can click on the word I need to correct but it's not as smooth as the iPhone where I get the magnifying glass and can get to the exact letter. Is there an easier way to handle this, if so please let me know. 2. The browser, I don't really like Chrome it doesn't work for me like I function. Would anyone on the forums know if there are other browsers for the Android Market Place that are better? and my 3. Is that all the good Android phones are on VZW and Sprint and I don't really want to be limited by these carriers. I travel allot and like to use my phone over seas, does anyone know what Android phone on ATT or T-Mobile compares to the Incredible and please don't tell me the Nexus one....

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 15:08

11. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


What about the HTC HD2? I hear its pretty good.

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 16:29

12. gdjsnyder (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


"Anyone that can name one thing that the iphone does better then the droid then they havent done their research or havent used a droid." Eh, well I've owned three droids, the first two had to be returned due to defects with the phone. The third got sold on eBay. So I got the owned part covered. And I would account 3-4 hours of my day researching technology and such, so I think I have the research part covered, and I can name a bunch of things the iPhone does better. But I'll start with a simple one. One thing the iPhone does better than the Droid- sell. Plain and simple. How many iPhones have been sold? How many Droids? iPhone wins, hands down. And also, to be the little prick I am, I really don't believe Apple ever made an Iphone. I know they made an iPhone, but I didn't hear the news on the new Iphone?

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 17:53

17. gambino37 (Posts: 146; Member since: 16 Oct 2009)


You are kidding with the p/P thing right? WOW. And as far as selling how long as the iPhone been out compared to the droid? Hardly a valid argument. Do some MORE research.

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 18:55

18. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


Well the reason the iPhone have more sells than the Droid is because it's been in the market years before the droid. @gdjsnyder

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 19:33

19. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)


Sorry last quarter iPhone way out sold Droid..Not even Close.I am using Droid so I am not biased.

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 20:21

21. supadave (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Mar 2010)


3 Defective Droids= User Error sorry but I'm serious you probably downloaded a faulty or incompatible app or damaged the device(s).

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 22:23

25. Russki (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Dec 2009)


"iPhone OS is a bit better in terms of user experience" Well i mean thats a valid point. The iPhone is in-fact idiot-proof. But, if you are interested in a more stimulating user expirience with many more features, come play with a Droid :) You'll see what everybody's talking about.

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 22:36

27. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


To Ecml and gambino37, I bet more people are buying the year old iPhone 3GS today than are buying the newer 7th month old Droid. (well maybe not today since its so close to the announcement of the new iphone) Or to make it simpler for you guys to understand, the iPhone 3GS sold more in it's first 5 months than the Droid did in it's first 5 months. I think that's what gdjnsyder was trying to say. He wasn't comparing the iPhone sales since 2007 with the Droid's sales since the end of 2009. To oo7jbondistm, Its really the Verison users that are begging for the iPhone. Many people on AT&T really don't care. If Verizon does get the iPhone, I'll probably move to Verizon. But until then, who cares. I think that's the attitude a lot of AT&T users who jumped from Verizon for the iPhone share.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 02:38

30. gdjsnyder (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


No, I am not kidding with the p/P thing, or the i/I thing either. Some people take that very seriously, i am one of them. I don't need to do more research. I didn't say take ALL 3 years the iPhone has been available times the droids availability now. Just look at the original iPhone v. Droid, iPhone 3G v. Droid, iPhone 3GS v. Droid sales. You will then see that each iPhone has outsold the droid. How long did it take Motorola to sell it's 1,000,000 Droid? I believe the iPhone 3G sold it's 1,000,000 sometimes around July 11th, it's release date.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 02:40

31. gdjsnyder (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


I'm talking about each iPhone, not all three of them together. Moron.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 02:40

32. gdjsnyder (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


I'm using a blackbery, so I am not biased either, so I hope no one gets that impression.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 02:41

33. gdjsnyder (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


Nope. Verizon admitted fault both times. The 3G antenna in one was broken and in another they were dead pixels and the like. Both hardware defects. So don't blame me that your precious phone CAN have faults not caused by it's users. Because it does.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 02:44

34. gdjsnyder (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Nov 2009)


Thank you, E.N. That was my point all along. I appreciate that not all PhoneArena posters aren't so consumed with hate against Apple and love for their Androids.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 08:35

35. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


I found I like Dolphin a lot better, because it allows you to exit.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 08:58

37. testman22 (Posts: 338; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


gdjsnyder, you said... "I can name a bunch of things the iPhone does better." All you've said was that it sold more- so please, enlighten us with this large list of what the iphone can do better than the droid incredible

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 09:41

39. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


+1 testman22

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 14:11

47. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Do you really want to hear another list? I mean I could just as easily provide a list but I and many other iPhone users have done that so many times in the past, that no matter what I write, it won't change anyone's opinion. You're going to like your Droid Incredible better no matter what anyone says. But if you still want a full list, I suggest waiting until tomorrow.

posted on 06 Jun 2010, 15:45

51. supadave (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Mar 2010)


You probably got a rep that didn't feel like troubleshooting the alleged faulty antenna issue. Dude all I'm saying is I've maybe replaced 4 Moto Droids since launch and I'm in tech support.

posted on 07 Jun 2010, 01:05

60. plyfulgentleman (Posts: 43; Member since: 17 Jul 2008)


EN are you serious! People who actually own a Iphone 3gs will will pay to have 1.3 MP cam in front of the phone to have video conferencing. Wow that's mind boggling, if dats the only reason why iphone users reason to buy go for it. That's just not smart at all. Why? Well tell us why would you buy it EN?

posted on 07 Jun 2010, 09:18

65. core628 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 May 2010)


you have to compare with the records of the first gen of the iphone cuz the droid it is the first one for verizon and motorola and in that sense droid did beat the iphone on the first gen's...

posted on 07 Jun 2010, 14:31

68. tuminatr (Posts: 774; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


personally I think its all about marketing, the IPhone is better known, but for the last six months android has been outselling apple here in the USA. Personally I have played with both devices and they have advantages and disadvantages. I believe apple will loose this fight its simply a numbers game Verizon has 5 droids sprint has 3 and Tmboile had 5 heck even att has one. and those numbers are growing. Droid will win

posted on 08 Jun 2010, 00:44

71. metalpoet (unregistered)


I am a verizon customer and have been since 2000. If verizon doesnt get the iphone by the time my upgrade comes up in 2011 then i will unfortunatly be forced to switch to att(although i hate to say that cuz there signal sux where i live and i use to work for verizon) but they have the iphone. Hands down the iphone seems to have something that everybody craves. ive played and researched with many types of windows, android, and iphones and iphone seems to be the best for me.

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 13:52

4. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


"Of course, the next question is, just how long in time is the immediate future?" Stop reading between lines that don't exist!

posted on 05 Jun 2010, 14:06

7. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


I think that's a very valid question. Most advertising requires "reading between lines".

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