Verizon's chief executive acknowledges rumors about existence of a CDMA iPhone

Verizon's chief executive acknowledges rumors about existence of a CDMA iPhone
Verizon customers can surely taste the smell of the thought of Big Red getting a small surprise with a CDMA version of the iPhone in the near future. Customer have longed wondered when will the number one wireless carrier in the country will finally see an iPhone grace their lineup. Verizon's chief executive, Ivan Seidenberg, recently spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations where he let out some interesting news surrounding all the hype about a potential iPhone. First and foremost, he has acknowledged the rumors surrounding Verizon getting a version of the iPhone by the fall, but would not go into any additional detail about confirming it or denying its truth. Secondly, he was keen on actually seeing a 4G capable version, but said that the ultimate decision will be left to Apple seeing that their LTE network won't go live until the middle of this year. Finally, it goes to show that there are some active talks between the two companies as both are probably taking the necessary steps to come to a finalized deal. Even though the launch of Android has spurred some spectacular sales with Verizon, one would think that they are less pressured to openly accept Apple in the recent months – but there is no denying what kind of financial fortunes that could await both companies if a deal does go through.

via electronista

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61 Comments

1. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

The iPhone is so 2007. No one cares about it anymore and Verizon would be better served adding more Android goodness to it's lineup.

3. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I wouldn't buy one, but I wouldn't mind to see it on the Verizon lineup to bring more customers back to Verizon.

8. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

You do realize that you're talking about a device that hasn't been released yet and you know NOTHING about. it will have a fruit on the back and "iphone" somewhere in the name, but beyond that, there is only speculation.

10. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

you are crazy and have no business sense whatsoever. This industry will never be the same if this deal goes thru and vzw and apple will def. stir up the marketplace, (so long as vzw doesnt verizonize this i phone). In all seriousness there are enough i junkies left out there with clam style flip phones on vzw that will be waiting outside of best buys, walmarts vzw stores and on their home computers to pay top dollar for one! reguardless of your envy for the device you cant say that android is a substitute for the i phone on verizon when every other carrier has android devices.

33. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

You right dude who cares...??? I guess all those VZW fanboys that always post crap in this site about how bad is AT&T and what perfect VZW is....!!!!! BTW i will love to see the Iphone destroying the pipes of that obsolete CDMA network and how much crap y'all gonna say about the iphone after...!!!

35. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

Verizon doesn't play with smartphones. They only set the UI on feature phones.

38. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

Verizon doesn't play with smartphones? Ahem.......... may I direct your attention the first Touch Pro a couple of years back? Disaster!!!

39. tuminatr

Posts: 1122; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

did you see the story last week Droid on Verizon does as much data as all the Iphones on AT&T. yea let it sink in Droid launched November 8th and is using as much data as all the Iphones get a clue Verizon's network could handle the Iphone no problem http://blogs.computerworld.com/15851/is_android_going_to_surpass_iphone

40. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Don't worry about Dogiefresh, he does not know how network infrastructure works or the fact that a CDMA network on average can handle 10x the amount of traffic. Thus why they're is plus and minuses to HSPA and EVDO networks, which in why LTE will be the best mixture of both. Just let him vent and do his thing.

43. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I know perfect how both types networks works cuz i sell those equipments. Nobody in this forums can say it with property, you all a bunch of swaggers that doesn't even know what's going on in cell phones industry. CDMA is not evolutionig since 2003 and it won't, HSPA has killed them in any posible category u can imagine and HSPA is still evolving. And whoever mention that droid uses more data than iphone must be smocking his front yard grass. Face it apple is not going to make a CDMA Iphone cuz EV-DO is a dead tech keept alive by VZW period, there are bigger CDMA markets in China, Canada and South Korea and they got a GSM version like the rest of the world.

45. VZ DUB

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

"I sell those equipments" "Nobody in this forums" "evolutionig" "posible" "smocking" "Keept" Pleeze get bettter at speeling beofr you posst. Thancks.

46. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Whatever fanboy we still beat ya and ur obsolete network wont get the iphone hahahaha...!!!!

47. VZ DUB

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

Fanboy? I enjoy the idea of a cdma Iphone. Though I liked my droid enough to sell my ipod touch. A fanboy would be someone who attempts to overhype a network. (you with AT&T) No cdma is not evolving and gsm has been, but why would it need to evolve when Verizon is out performing its competitors consistantly. (according to consumer reports) It's very unfortunate that you learned the word obsolete today and put it before everything in an attempt to sound intelligent. No, cdma hasn't evolved, yet why does your "constantly evolving" at&t gsm network have the most dropped calls and data problems?

48. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Ok fanboy that sounds pretty convincing but like a good fanboy u always rely on stupid consumers reports, and whatever dropped calls u wanna say HSPA is the standard worldwide. My point is not what AT&T or VZW does, is the tech and u can not say that CDMA is better than HSPA period...my comments are based in real world facts, you can defend ur american product thats fine but the truth about what is better is different fanboy...!!! Ahh btw obsolete is a word CDMA has been carrying for the past 7 yrs..!!!

49. sprintpcs7032

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 07, 2010

Firstly Screw Gsm!!! Cdma Is Far More Secure, Let Alone It Can Be Upgrade Far More Than Your Shitty Little Tdma (gsm) Network Can, It Can Hold Actually 12 Times More Calls Per Tower, And If They Wanted Evdo REV B Could Actually Achieve 24Mbps Real World, Uscellular, Sprint, Verizon. And Rev B Could Improve Capacity To Little Over 30Times Over Gsm Per Tower, By Also Adding A Simple Software Upgrade To 3x.. And If Gsm Where So Damn Good Why Does At&t Suck, Data And All Circuits Are Busy Wise, And Why Does Tmobile Broadcast Phone Calls To The Wrong Smart Phones Youtube It, Why Is Cdma More Power Friendly, And Why Does It Not Interfere With Sensitive Electronics, While Your Trying To Explain All That I'll Hit You With More, Why Did The Us Military Use A For Years To Encrypt there Phone Calls, And Why Do They Still Use It? Why Do Satellite Comms Use Cdma To Encrypt Their Data, And If You Want More Info By All Means Comment Assbag.

50. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Yeahh dude and why 80% of the world uses GSM and will use LTE (GSM standard not CDMA) Can u explain that.....???

51. Sureal

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 31, 2010

obsolete cdma network? ummmmmm, you sir are dumb

52. Sureal

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 31, 2010

your sooooo right, your gsm network is far superior in that you only connect to one tower at a time, i mean come on who wants to connect to 3 towers so as to not drop calls, oh wait, i get it, gsm is a game, "CAN I MAKE A CALL WITHOUT DROPPING TODAY" and just because most of the world uses gsm DOES NOT make it a better standard, cockroaches outnumber humans at least 10000000 to 1, does that make them a superior species, well in your case maybe

54. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

It makes sense fanboy but GSM is beating CDMA can u say voice and data at the same time on VZW nooooooo..!!!! U bunch of dumb scumb bags will never understand, you guys remerber me the GOP dumb and white...!!!!

55. Sureal

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 31, 2010

how many times have you ever absolutely HAD to be on the internet while on your phone, me, pretty much never

56. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Of course u never cuz with ur Vz phone simply " YOU CAN'T "

57. Sureal

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 31, 2010

cause i dont need to?

58. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Don't worry stick with ur old CDMA crap..!!!

59. sprintpcs7032

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 07, 2010

Firstly Gsm Was Made Commercially Available In 1993, And It's Only 62% Now That's GPRS General Packet Radio Service, EDGE Enhanced Data Rates For Gsm Evolution, As Far As 3G Goes That's WCDMA Or Wideband Code Division Multiple Access, Now Lte Is Easier To Apply To The Gsm Towers, And Before You Say What About Verizon Using Lte, VodaFone Says They Want Them To, And Verizon Won't Argue Cause Vodafone Can Delay Any Further Network Upgrades, By Submitting A Request To The Eu, Which Would Contact The FCC To Review Verizons History And Practices.... Vodafone Owns Enough Shares In VZWS' Stock To Have A Say In What The Company Does, And Delay Improvement, Anything Else

60. VZ DUB

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

Both GSM and CDMA as they are known in the US are outdated, obviously, since we are moving towards 4G tech. The generic term CDMA is used interchangeably in the US with the proper term, which is CDMA2000. CDMA is the actual air standard or channel that is used. However, when talking about enhancements beyond EDGE on GSM networks, UMTS 3G variants actually use the CDMA air standard for communication, and are actually closer to CDMA than they are to GSM. LTE also uses the CDMA channel. TDMA is what is outdated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3G#Overview http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_division_multiple_access#2G_systems

61. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

Uhh whoever buys a phone from this guy...Good Luck!

62. youareagay1

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 08, 2010

You may say this is speculation, but because you started your sentence with "you do realize that..." you sound like you are the one with the fruit on your back.....homo. An Iphone is an Iphone. Just like an At&t Blackberry Curve and a Verizon Curve even if they have slightly different OS versions. They have pretty much the same capabilities. Only the technology (CDMA vs. GSM) is different. If the Verizon version of the Iphone does come out it will have the same processor, memory, and specs as the At&t version (or at least very similar) while possibly adding some minor features (such as a memory card slot, etc), or else it wont be called an Iphone. Because it would be a different model dumbass. But who cares anyway the Iphone is for ladies and homos, it’s a trendy little fashion accessory that makes you look like a hairdresser when your talk on it. It should come with body glitter, hair product, and skinny leg jeans as a gift basket. That’s why I ditched it and got an Android phone. Stay fabulous girlfriend.

2. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I feel this is horrible reporting, I think it should post quotes from the CEO. Reading other articles from other news organizations it appears the CEO said he has expressed interest in the iPhone and it's in Apple's court. The other article also stated he would not confirm or deny the existence of a CDMA version.

4. TheEclectic

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Man this website is not about concrete reporting - it's about rumors and what's the latest buzz. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing if that's what you're looking for. You have to take everything with a grain of salt - especially on the internet.

5. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

agreed there is no hard evidence here. it is all just speculation.

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