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

64. sprintpcs7032

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 07, 2010

How Come My Smart Comments Get Deleted, But This Stupid One Is Here???

37. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hey, phone arena. Hire a third grader to proofread your stories. This was just pathetic. Is english your fourth language?

34. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

If I can always talk n go online at the same time with ATT..why the hell would I go with CDMA when it will never happen!?

41. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Because CDMA actually has 3G coverage for you to actually GO online. You can only surf and talk at the same time when your on 3G with ATT. I know i'm all up and down california and it seems like the 3G is so terrible, I couldn't imagine using my Iphone to do both unless I sit still and try to find an area with full bars. I own a 3GS and Droid Eris. Go figure the Eris might be slower and wont talk and surf, but it always works.

28. jtz87

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 05, 2009

As an insider, I can confirm we are getting the iPhone in May.. it's already been confirmed. BTW - Owen Wilson (Yes, Luke Wilson's brother) is our new spokesman.. haha =D

27. Man_of_God

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

This sounds like an easy way to drive up hype for VZW....I wonder how long people will wait to see iPhone on VZW...I think that's the point to letting these rumors go unchecked for the past 3 years.... Maybe VZW will get a version, but I strongly believe it won't be until next year. Who wants a iPhone that works like the original 2G version? Apple would need a whole new set of amazing, magical commercials to lure folks to the iPhone..

23. dyster

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I'm not sure If I'd agree that the iPhone is a good phone. Maybe its that poor network, but many, many people that have and use it say the phone part is the weakest feature. I can almost tell I'm calling one from my BB curve on VZW. And the call drops! It's a great multimedia toy that happens to make calls. While I think its a cool toy, I have no interest until I see one perform (voice) as good as a BB or other solid phone. "Apps" are really over-rated IMHO.

18. nitedogg

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

YOU all should stop knocking all the major carriers. Not everything nor everyone is perfect. rumors get started this way and get all twisted the wrong way in the end. iphone is a great phone, if it wasn't. why is everyone trying to copy them or beat them? Yes, ATT has problems just like VZW,T-mobile,Sprint in different ways. iphone good phone, sprints one price (voice, txt,data,), Vzw customer services,Tmobile good selection of phones and Actresses. You put all that together and no one would complain or buy another phone. I'M JUST SAYIN'

20. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

iPhone took the market to the next step, but people's comments are usually based on the lack of inovation since the original product. That said, you're right, it is a good phone. A good phone is designed by people being happy with it. If the consumer is happy and loyal, the product is successful.

21. spoonb1

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

lol well put... funny but true... they all have their weak and strong points. some just get more noticed due to such a huge following. att is taking some heat at the present due to the network burden(that no other carrier has had to deal with-- you put all the other major carrier's data burden together and you probably still dont even come close to what is being used by all the iphone users on att-- it is what it is and all the tech lovin folk, like us, that read and post on sites like this one are the only ones that speak their mind over issues as the one we have listed here... verizon has great cust service because they market mostly to the average person that is not so tech driven and doesn't care or want an iphone and are using a plain ol feature phone, nothing wrong with that, it is what it is, t-mo (im jealous of most of the time) does have an amazing phone selection due mostly to their european ownership... put all this together on sprints pricing and for maybe just 1 day everyone here would be happy... but that very next day we would all be right back here bitching about something wrong with whatever and be right back to where we are right this moment... lol

17. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Oh, so that CDMA version of an IPhone that everyone knows is being developed, I believe is going to Canada now. I can't get the networks right, but which ever one is CDMA is suppose to be getting that phone. I talked to a guy from Canada yesterday and he told me that they were getting that phone. Its like I try to keep telling people, Verizon Wireless isn't the only CDMA carrier out there. There are a bunch of us all over the world. It makes sense, per Steve Jobbs comment, that some countries make sense to have multiple carriers carry the device, and in other countries, it doesn't. Hence what is going on in Canada. People need to realize, VZW is in development of LTE. All 3G development is done, more than likely to include any 3G phones. All phones, aircards, netbooks are starting to be developed for LTE. LTE aircards will launch late this year in certain markets. LTE phones won't launch untill Sumer 2011. Put 2 and 2 together people.

31. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

canadians are the devil!

13. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

So they interviewed Verizon Communications CEO, not Verizon Wireless CEO. TWO different companies..... Ian doesn't make decisions for us, Lowell does... Interview and get the information from the right CEO. :-) IPhone 4G LTE = Summer of 2011. Iphone 3G for Verizon = Fail You guys need to wait and be patient

42. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

exactly!!!!!!!!!! *thumbs up*

12. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

My buddy the verizon rep brought up a good point when reading you alls remarks. The fact that they post rumers will keep customers that want the iphone on verizon in hopes they get it soon. There have been people still on verizon just buying touch screen phones to hold them over for the iphone. And the more rumers phone arena makes the more likely they'll continue to stay. I say," well played Ian Seidenberg"...

11. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

why would verizon iphone be cdma and not 3g like ATT don't verizon have the largest 3g network that would make sense right?

14. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

CDMA is a type of network, like GSM. 3G, Edge, UMTS, 4G, WiMax are types of data transfers on those CDMA and GSM networks. :-)

26. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

So which one is better or are they all the same

9. Sureal

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 31, 2010

as a verizon salesman (and avid android user) i would LOVE to see the iphone on verizon, my pockets will be getting fatter and fatter, and i will finally get to stop hearing "WHEN WILL VERIZON GET THE IPHONE" god i hate hearing that 5 times a day

22. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

if i had a nickle for each and every time a cusotmer said that to me id be driving a ferrari and hanging out at coffee shops with jobs himself!

25. Sureal

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 31, 2010

stevie jobs would be working for me

30. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

I would edit that.. but I hate you all :)

36. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

lol you must be a sprint customer lmao

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.

6. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

This isn't the Wall Street Journal. If you want to hold PhoneArena or any similar sites to concrete information, then this will be a lot of empty space.

7. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

"taste the smell of the thought" you mean you don't know what it is to taste a smell or smell a thought or taste the smell of a thought??

15. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

yes but they (phone arena) is the media and thats what the media does. they got you to comment on their "horrible reporting" didnt they? Because youll read it. why do you think the national enquierer (sorry thats a really hard word to spell and im not looking it up) is still in business. because reguardless of what they print ... and how crazy it is people read it. this is a story that gets attention and people like you and everyone else is very curious about it. If it were horrible no one would read it and no one would post about it. face it blackberryuser...pa ownes you and everyone else thats posts and reads the articles, because right or wrong.. when its right youll be the first one to run to your friends and tell everyone whos not on their game about the i phone coming to vzw.. or anything else that might interest them.

16. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

lol

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