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Verizon CEO: No Merger with Vodafone, We Want iPhone

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Apr 6, 2010, 9:55 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg said at an event that the company does not plan to merge with its business partner Vodafone. Verizon Wireless is a joint venture between Verizon Communications and Vodafone. Seidenberg noted, "Absent new information, a merger doesn't seem to have a lot of appeal." Seidenberg also reiterated that Verizon Wireless has expressed its interest in carrying the iPhone to Apple. "It's their call," he said. "Eventually it's our view we'll get to carrying Apple." AT&T remains the sole wireless network operator to offer the iPhone in the U.S.

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Apr 6, 2010, 10:24 AM

Verizon finally concedes to Apple

Well looks like Verizon is begging for a slice of the pie. A phone Verizon will have no control over.
Believe he is saying that when Apple gives in to what we want we will carry it! It's up to them!
They've been saying the same line for MONTHS.

People are just too stupid to pay attention.

Notice how they're not begging? They're saying they're interested and it's up to apple to make the next move.
Couple of issues that Verizon needs to fix before iPhone will be available...
Be able to talk and do data at the same time.
Be able to use the iPhone in the rest of the world when traveling.
Is there any VZ hot-spots out there?

I wonder if Vodap...

Apr 6, 2010, 10:16 AM

Now they want it huh

When apple approached to them first vzw just said "get the heck out of here if u want so much control over the phone".

Now they want it huh.
I believe they have always wanted the phone and they still want to have majority control over the thing!
I think they always wanted it. But they also want a consistent customer experience: the same phones in all retail locations, one number to dial for tech support, etc. This doesn't mean that VZW has changed their expectations either.

As an indirect ...
If and when Verizon gets the iPhone, it won't be relevant anyway. The Android market is expanding so rapidly that Apple has nowhere to go but down. Per PhoneArena's comments re HTC: "Everywhere you look, HTC's name is always somewhere in the news as ...
iPhone should run Android... Enough said.

Apr 6, 2010, 1:16 PM


Vodafone is an excellent European carrier. Too bad Verizon. Oh well!
Verizon landline doesn't want to sell because the wireless portion is basically all they have now (that and fios/backhaul.. which arn't profitable yet)

Not to mention that the FCC would most likely block it because they are touchy about foriegn co...
evrodude said:
Vodafone is an excellent European carrier. Too bad Verizon. Oh well!

Verizon is an excellent North America carrier. Too bad Vodafone. Oh well!

Apr 6, 2010, 4:37 PM

I don't need the Iphone!!! I have the Droid!

Droid has physical slideout keyboard, Iphone doesn't, Droid does, Iphone doesn't! 😁 😁
I can type faster on my iPhones virtual screen than you can on your "real" keyboard...

but in all reality if you set both devices down next to each other and you compare usability, sunlight legibility and multimedia. the iPhone wins hands down.
you are out of your mind

Apr 6, 2010, 12:38 PM

Here is what Apple has to give or Verizon to cave...

When he says, "Its up to Apple," this is whats up. ATT gives Apple $900,000,000 a quarter in revenue to have the Iphone with ATT. Think about that, almost 4 Billion dollars of much needed network enhancing, company improving money that gets tossed at Apple just to be able to offer it, a phone.

We have heard it straight from the South Area President and Regional Directers. Verizon's not gonna give Apple all that money to sell a phone. So Apple will have to give in somewhat. Verizon will have to pay something im sure, but they aren't going to let their network enhancement budget suffer like what has happened with ATT, and get crippled. Individuals can blog and troll and spew BS all they want, but the 100% fact is Verizon is the numb...
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