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 Appleā€™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, "Wehave to sit back and give them credit for that," said Seidenberg, "Our view isto broaden the base of choice for customers, and hopefully along theway, 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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56 Comments

1. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

2. hkphooey

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 18, 2009

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

19. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

44. vmatikov

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

3. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 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.

5. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

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

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

22. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

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

23. wishbone

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 30, 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?

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 :)

26. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 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.

27. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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!

29. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

you buddy, deserve a +1. :-)

33. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 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!

45. Man_of_God

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 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.....

54. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Open source and proprietary-free devices FTW

55. wishbone

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 30, 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.

4. Onomatopoeia

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

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

6. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 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...

7. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 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...

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

20. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 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?

30. hkphooey

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

46. Man_of_God

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Have you used one????

49. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

51. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

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.

18. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

The battery life on the iphone is excellent

32. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

47. Man_of_God

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

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

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