Verizon CEO talks about the iPhone and a future Android handset

Verizon CEO talks about the iPhone and a future Android handset
An interview with Ivan Seidenberg, CEO of Verizon, has taken place at last night’s “Charlie Rose”. The official talked a little about the carrier’s plans to carry the iPhone and/or an Android-powered handset. Interestingly, Mr. Seidenberg said that whether Verizon will get the iPhone is actually Apple’s decision. As the company is expected to roll out its fourth-generation network at the end of this year or at the beginning of the next one, he says it is up to Apple to decide whether or not to integrate a new chip that supports that technology. Android fans on Verizon will be delighted to know that the CEO answered with “it might be true” to the question about the rumors of an Android-powered Motorola phone heading for Big Red.

via: WSJ


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14 Comments

1. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Sounds like DEATH to all carriers once Android and iPhone come over! LTE w/MIFI FTW!!!

6. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

wow. doesnt it seem strange how the 4th largest carrier had the FIRST ANDROID PHONE and the FIRST 8MP CAMERA? wat else can they do? and no.....vzw might be the largest but it will NEVER be the only major carrier oh and doesnt the iphone have an exclusive contract with att for the next year or 2?

7. audi90

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 16, 2009

i agree with Doc, and its the 4th largest carrier for a reason... BEHOLD... verizon is the BEST

8. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

No the exclusive is up next year

13. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Android launched on a tiny network because they needed a controlled environment to esentially "beta test" it. How many bugs were worked out since launch. If Google was SELLING Android, they would run it through tons of testing and sell it to the largest carrier they could land a contract with.

2. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

Well thanks for letting us know about an interview that may or may not have taken place which may or may not contain information about the possibility of future products which Verizon may or may not carry depending on future circumstances that at this time cannot be confirmed nor denied.

3. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

So true.

4. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

I got a feeling Apple won't care to make an Iphone to support LTE. Time will Tell, though.

5. swm4motoQ unregistered

I agree. What with Apple's long history of failing to adapt to new technology. That also means that no more iPhones will be created after at&t's LTE launch. Innovation is not one of Apple strong points. However, I fully expect Motorola to embrance LTE with CUTTING EDGE phones and SUPERIOR form factor and style. 'ello moto. MOTOR0X!

10. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

Apple fails to be innovative?? Are you serious? I am pretty sure the iPod, iPhone, iMac are much more innovative then the razr, rokr, and the Q. . .

11. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

ATT is going to LTE as well dumbasses!

14. Big Red

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Yeah, but with less spectrum and WAY less cash to spread around. ATT Builds just enough 3g to justify a commercial. VZW builds enough 3g for the customer to actually USE. 4G will be treated the same way by ATT. Built enough towers to be able to say "4G" in a commercial, give the remaining cash to Apple.

9. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

My thoughts are it would be a wise move for Apple to come up with a cdma version of the Iphone and not renew its contract with AT&T. A lot of people I know who are with Verizon or TMobile would liked to have the iphone but are unwilling to change there service to AT&T. So if Apple does get a clue, it should do nothing but increase there profits and open up a whole new market. One thing that would still keep me from getting or at least trying the iphone would not being able to go to my carrier for service and or support, and still not being able to insur the phone so if something happened I wouldnt have to buy a new phone for full price.

12. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

I'm switching from Verizon tomorrow hopefully! Went to the Apple store and they were sold out, but suppose to get a new shipment in mid-morning.

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