Verizon CEO: We hope our 4G rollout will help us earn the iPhone

Verizon CEO: We hope our 4G rollout will help us earn the iPhone
Speaking at an investors' conference, Verizon's CEO Ivan Seidenberg told straight out that the company is moving to tiered data pricing in "four to six months". That coincides with the first LTE rollouts in major cities across the country.

Mr Seidenberg added that he hopes the move to 4G will entice manufacturers to develop innovative devices that take advantage of those fast data speeds. Asked about the iPhone's upcoming availability on Big Red, he said "I can't speak for Apple". Verizon's CEO hopes that the 4G rollout will convince Apple to bring the iPhone on its network, and that his company has to "earn it".

Not to rain on anybody's parade, but that more or less dashes any hopes to see the mythical Verizon iPhone this coming January. After all, Verizon has built a compelling portfolio of smartphones around Android already. It looks like the move to tiered data pricing is because of them, and of future LTE devices on its network, not necessarily because of the iPhone's imminent arrival.

That talk kind of seals the deal on AT&T reaching the end of its contract with Apple as the exclusive iPhone carrier until 2012. It certainly seems like those three million CDMA iPhone units, reportedly being built by Pegatron to go on sale in January, are headed to a certain Chinese carrier, not Verizon.

source: WSJ



1. Darxren unregistered

An I-Phone rumor a day is really getting old. I mean that with no ill will but seriously.

2. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Those markets analysts are never wrong are they...

3. narley21 unregistered

verizon has to "earn" the iphone? what a tool..... that is utterly wrong and if anything its the other way around.

7. Really??? unregistered

Are you on crack? You do know Verizon turned down the iPhone before AT&T got it right???? Thats in part why they have to earn it.

10. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Are you forgetting the dropped call issues and iPhone Death Grip, Yeah I'd Say iPhone needs to "earn it", not Verizon. +1 Narely21

12. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Yes, and why do you think they turned it down? Because Apple put so many restrictions on Verizon. First because Apple wouldnt let Verizon provide customer support for the phone, and I dont know about you I dont something one place and have to go to another company for support. You couldnt and still cant insure the iphone so if something happens to your device that isnt covered under the warraunty or its happened after its up you end up having to buy another iphone at FULL price, I dont think so! Verizon has a much better network than AT&T and the isheep I have talked to would if Verizon did get the iphone leave AT&T even if it ment paying an etf. Besides the droids put the iphone in the toilet because its a better well thought out device, and flash 10.1 . Besides the companies who provide the droids listen to the customer input on how to improve the droids, not Apple with something as simple a replaceable battery that you or I could replace ourselves. So whos on crack I think you are.

16. Really??? unregistered

I know all about this. But you also forget about the 3+ years Verizon hurt for not taking a flawed phone. Am I saying the iphone is the best? Not by a mile, but Verizon turned down the opportunity to have the top selling smartphone on the market for almost 3 years. Now Verizon has the Droid and it is a better phone, but alot of people still want the iphone. So it's stupid for Verizon to not take a flawed phone. AT&T isn't losing any customers over the "signal" issue, so why should Verizon worry?

17. Really??? unregistered

I know exactly why they turned it down, and even at that it was still a poor move. If Verizon thought it would have been half as populor as it was they wouldn't have turned it down. It's all about making money, which is why Verizon will take the phone in 2012. They will give in, because even though the Droid is a better phone, too many people still want the iphone and won't budge on it. Verizon turned the phone down because they thought all those issues would hurt the sales and keeping customers happy. Last I checked almost everyone who complains about the iphone continues to use it and wouldn't give it up. So just remember, its all about money and Verizon is either just playing games or shooting them selves in the foot by saying apple needs to earn it.

21. Fanboykiller unregistered

Dude that CEO said once Apple never came to them and a VZW iphone never was and never will so stop that urban legend please get over with.....who is the liar you or the guy who runs VZ...???

4. tkfox007 unregistered

iPhone exclusiveness ending on 2012? Yesterday there was an article that said 2011

5. S_Cren unregistered

IS anyone else tired of this rumor hopefully this puts it to rest iphone is not coming to verizon

13. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

I sure am, and who cares if it does or not.

6. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I don't think Ivan is being a tool. He simply understands the fact that while Verizon Wireless is a very successful company its important not to get lazy and not dwell on past acomplishments. completing one task and then knowing to move on is very difficult for some comapanies ahemm (AT&T). Verizon in order to stay on top has to continuosly differentaite its self from the competition. He's just sounds very humble. I think he will be a great fit for Verizon.

8. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I don't like the fact that the article didn't provide to many quotes from him. I could care less if/when Verizon gets the iPhone, but I'm tired of so many contradicting articles / statements. There should be a web page that tracks each rumor and measures it's accuracy and the accuracy of other rumors against it. Then each of these rumors can be posted their for the iPhone followers to read.

9. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

What a dumb a$$ comment. We hope to earn the iPhone with 4G. If AT&T can do it with edge, you don't think Verizon can do it with 4G. Come on Phonearena. Are you writing qoutes correctly. :)

11. sjkb unregistered

So why did they request 3 million cdma chisets..really!?.. I think they meant when 4g happenes widespread..the iphone will truly benefit

19. gf unregistered

CDMA is not just in the U.S. it's in China too, where Apple is now looking to get a big piece of the market. It has been well known for a while that there will be a cdma i-phone for china, but the U.S. has chosen to ignore that so they can keep pumping out rumors and speculation if i had $1 for every time an analyst was completely wrong...

14. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

Hmmm, isn't there another CDMA cell phone company in the US other than Verizon? Funny how the network with 2 of the best devices available isn't even considered as a destination for the iPhone. Which also has a 4g network running in several cities.

15. cowsrockalot

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

If verizon gets the iPhone AT&T will be dead in like 2 years.

18. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

probably less than that!

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You know what's funny? Verizon has already earned Android, and done a hell of a job with it. I do get at least two or three customers a week who ask me when Verizon's getting the Iphone. By the time I'm done showing them my Droid X (and explaining that even with the more budget friendly devices, Android still does much of what the X can) they agree with me that the X is just as good if not better. I even had an Iphone user who came in and admitted that even though he liked his phone, he has huge trouble with signal while standing next to Verizon customers who have perfect signal. He also admitted after we went back and forth over features like music storage and playback that the Droid was just as good a phone. It was hilarious when I explained that my X didn't care that I was putting torrent downloads, audio rips from Youtube, etc. and he said "You know, you don't HAVE to go through Itunes on the Iphone...if you jailbreak it or work around it otherwise..." Android: saving freedom loving users from lawsuits and crash courses in geeky computer tweaking since 2008. Oh, and how many people do you see walking around with original Iphones anymore? A couple nights ago I was talking to the manager of a mattress store, and lo and behold, he had an original T-Mobile G1 running 1.6. The thing was still running like clockwork despite it obviously having been through a few scuffs. Most people who spit on Android and stare starry eyed at the Iphone haven't even touched the former. Or at least not long enough to get a feel for what it can do. Had a customer walk in today. She was kind of rude and pushy, had a Storm 2, and swore that she would either stick with Blackberry or get an Iphone whenever she could. She loudly declared when I mentioned Android that she totally hated it, claiming that there was nothing special about it. I calmly explained the benefits of Android (fast, stable, works well with email and messaging, works great with internet, can do everything the Iphone can and more), showed her how I could get her messages to be *almost* as up front and accessible as they were on the Storm 2, and showed her how while the multiple home screens existed, she could jump quickly between them without a lot of hassle. She explained that she had never done much with Android, but that no one she spoke to could ever give her any reasons why it was any good. When I told her that there *may* be a Storm 3 or something if she was really that adamant about staying away from Android, she hastily said "No, no, I may consider it..." This after she swore she'd never touch Android. I admitted that yes, Android takes a little getting used to, but as long as you're talking to someone who knows what they're doing it's really easy to pick up. Anyway, I've said it before and I'll say it again: if Verizon gets the Iphone I'll sell it. It's a nice phone. But I prefer Android, I prefer Motorola, and I have no reason or need to hope for an Iphone release here at all. I won't even consider it until I cut open a box from our warehouse and there's shiny new Iphones sitting inside.

22. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

"earning" the iphone doesn't sound like Verizon. Like it or not, Big Red usually sticks to their guns and lets the chips fall where they may, or led the way. The biggest example of this was local number portability. When LNP was a big issue, carriers (Verizon included) were all worried about losing business. But when it became inevitable, Verizon released ads saying "bring your number to us!" *Asking* for permission from Apple just doesn't seem like the Verizon that I know.

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