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  • Verizon's CEO Pours Cold Water on iPhone Rumors


    In the ongoing will-they-won't-they rumor mill about a Verizon iPhone, the heads of both Apple and Verizon have been pretty vague about it. With reports this week that Apple was placing orders for a CDMA version of the iPhone, though, it seems as if the Verizon's CEO wanted to downplay the rumors. CEO Ivan Seidenberg told investors at a Goldman Sachs conference that "would love to carry" the iPhone, but "we have to earn it,” suggesting that negotiations had either failed or were still ongoing.

    While Seidenberg said nothing specific about an iPhone for the carrier's current network, he did say that he hopes Apple will make the it available for Verizon's 4G network, which the carrier intends to bring to 30 cities by the end of the year and the rest of the country by the end of 2012. "I think 4G will accelerate the process, and any other decisions Apple makes would be fine with us," Seidenberg said, adding that "hopefully, at some point, Apple will get with the program."

    Verizon's 4G network will be based on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard. It is expected to provide higher data transfer rates, with download speeds of 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 Mbps to 5 Mbps. The system won't carry phone calls initially, which is fine, because LTE smartphones are just coming to market, and are still pretty rare. AT&T is also transitioning its network to LTE, which is an evolution of the GSM standards that carrier currently uses. As a result, it's almost certain that Apple will release an iPhone that uses LTE technology at some point.

    Seidenberg didn't give the impression that the iPhone would coming to Verizon anytime soon, but tried to sound upbeat about it. "We don't feel like we have an iPhone deficit," he said. "We would love to carry it when we get there, but we have to earn it," he added saying that what they would "need to do is show all the suppliers that... we have the best network for people to put all their equipment on."

    Source: ZDNet
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon's CEO Pours Cold Water on iPhone Rumors started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      blah blah blah, I'll believe it when i see it
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I wonder when Apple will replace the iPhone with something else. I'm not hoping for it at all, just wondering how long they can keep making new generation iPhones. End of 2012? IPhone 6? I think it'll end at 5, maybe, maybe, 6.
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Pretty boring. Ill beleive it when it actually happens...
    1. Be Expressive's Avatar
      Be Expressive -
      Verizon doesn't deserve the iPhone
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by paganizonda83 View Post
      I believe that he just Googles "Apple iPhone News" and writes an article about whatever the top result is.
      & ^ some spin...

      ---How about verizon get out of the 90's and move to gsm. Of course it is amusing when my friends get kicked off the Internet when a call comes in.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      I don't care lah, I stick with T-mobile.....
    1. tknapp2's Avatar
      tknapp2 -
      Wow this article was so good, I look forward to seeing it next week on modmyi with a little more spin or reach into a statement.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      It's not that I have anything agains Verizon, I'm just tired of hearing all these rumors and post that just go back and forth about why one service is better than the other. It just all comes down to where you travel and where you live that determines your service quality
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      The only bad thing with Verizon iPhone is that CDMA you can't unlock and use it if you travel, unless it is a hybrid like some of their phones and besides CDMA it is GSM capable
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That rumor is around for coupe years. I'm not gonna believe anymore rumor about verizon.
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Well there you have it Verizon people.......no iPhone for January. Haha.....go cry a river. Talks will be ongoing for the next half century so can we move on with life now? Kthx!
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Good I'm tired of hearing verizon rumors. Maybe we can get a nice break from them for a few weeks?
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I wonder when Apple will replace the iPhone with something else. I'm not hoping for it at all, just wondering how long they can keep making new generation iPhones. End of 2012? IPhone 6? I think it'll end at 5, maybe, maybe, 6.
      Ok I'll bite what exactly would you replace a phone with that people that bought a phone would buy ?

      how long can they make new generation iphones , forever.
      why would think there is some end time, 3 was better than the 2 , 3gs was better than the 3 , 4 is better than 3gs.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      who cares about verizon & their old ***** cdma network?
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Whoever decided it would be a good idea to have a sound ad on this web page sucks. Just saying
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      I hope this ends the drama for awhile, im sure when the CEO stated we have to earn it, hes meaning we have to pay for it. I dont see this happening anytime soon since the release of his statement.
    1. skizo's Avatar
      skizo -
      Oh, wow, shocker.... till tomorrow when MMi reports yet another rumor from some spurious (at best) "source". :/
    1. dajonu's Avatar
      dajonu -
      SERIOUSLY ! stop already!!!! dont you think you've posted enough of these rumors.. nobody cares anymore until it really happens.

      this might be true, but this rumor is just getting tossed around WAY too much. id stay away from it until there is concrete evidence.