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Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg
Verizon comes crawling back to Apple

Apple's iPhone is currently one of the hottest smartphones on the market. In just three short years, Apple has gone from being a non-factor in the smartphone market to one of that is always in the crosshairs of smartphone makers when they release a new model.

In the United States, the iPhone is currently tied exclusively with AT&T for phone/internet service. Although iPhones will work on T-Mobile's network, customers must first jailbreak and unlock their phones which in turn voids the warranty.

We are now learning that Verizon's CEO has been making it known to Apple that his company now wants the iPhone. If you may recall, Verizon initially turned down the iPhone back in 2005 when Apple was shopping for an exclusive carrier, so Apple instead went with Cingular (which later became a part of AT&T).

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg also made reference to the Wall Street Journal article from last week which stated that Apple was working on a CDMA version of the fourth generation iPhone. Seidenberg, however, made no further comments on the matter. He perhaps feared the wrath of Steve Jobs and the possibility that any mention of an official deal between Apple and Verizon would result in the swift revocation of any partnership.

Apple will provide details on iPhone OS 4.0 this Thursday, while fourth generation iPhone hardware isn't expected until the latter part of June.

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Verizon here I come
By sapiens74 on 4/6/2010 5:55:39 PM , Rating: 1
Glad to be back now that you have a phone i want

RE: Verizon here I come
By mfenn on 4/6/2010 6:08:58 PM , Rating: 3
Still not confirmed. A once-scorned Jobs has a long memory.

RE: Verizon here I come
By sapiens74 on 4/6/2010 6:14:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but steve likes to be the savior too. :)

RE: Verizon here I come
By Mitch101 on 4/6/2010 6:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
This point I would wait to see the iPhone HD.

More than likely I will get the Microsoft Phone 7 because of the integration with Exchange Server.

Nothing personal just that I'm an Messaging Engineer and don't particularly care for blackberry devices much.

RE: Verizon here I come
By Spuke on 4/6/2010 7:15:26 PM , Rating: 4
DUDE!!! Where's my friggin Google N1 or my Incredible??!! I don't care about the friggin iPhone!!!

RE: Verizon here I come
By theapparition on 4/7/2010 9:30:24 AM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting until 4G LTE devices on Verizon. 1st decent one this year gets my business.

RE: Verizon here I come
By Lifted on 4/6/2010 6:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
These rumors could be leaks from the Apple camp trying to get ATT to sweeten the deal in order to keep the exclusive. Not sure how much it's worth to them though, but I imagine they would lose a lot of customers if Verizon did start carrying it.

RE: Verizon here I come
By Treckin on 4/6/2010 7:24:00 PM , Rating: 2
This has to be the stupidest thing I have read all day.

WHY would the Verizon CEO be complicit with Apple in sweetening Apples exclusivity deal with ATT?

Way to go, give this man a 6 DT!!

RE: Verizon here I come
By cerx on 4/7/2010 5:03:12 PM , Rating: 2
Did you really ask why Verizon would try to increase ATT's bill?! Sure, they want the iphone, but if they can't get it then they want ATT to pay a ton for it.

By CrazyBernie on 4/6/2010 6:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'd really rather that Verizon keep poking fun at the iPhone, while bringing better phones to their network. I enjoy watching the banter.

RE: Meh...
By Abrahmm on 4/6/2010 10:23:17 PM , Rating: 3
Completely agree. Verizon already has a line up with way better phones than the iPhone, and with the Incredible coming soon it's going to stay that way.

Judging by the recent market data, it looks like Verizon doesn't need the iPhone as much as the iPhone needs Verizon.

By Paula Wood on 4/6/2010 11:04:42 PM , Rating: 2
How do you know *WHY* Verizon didn't get the iPhone back in 2007?

Maybe they didn't want to pay millions of dollars in subsidize fees for a phone that no one ever heard of.

Would you????

By rudy on 4/6/2010 11:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
I think that and they did not want to allow apple to control the app store which was the major change in US providers before that all of them tried to force people to buy everything from them to keep the profits for themself.

By NesuD on 4/7/2010 9:17:40 AM , Rating: 2
More likely it is Apple approaching Verizon. If Apple wants to increase their marketshare in any significant way beyond the roughly 24% they now have they absolutely have to crack the Verizon product lineup. With the Droid, the upcoming Incredible, Nexus1, and the solid strenth of the Blackberry product line Verizon has been the top dog in the game. Apple needs to become a part of the Verizon lineup. There is a huge block of potential customers who refuse to leave Verizons network and for Apple to tap that market they have to go to it because it won't come to them. RIM knows this to be true which is why their products are available through all the major carriers and is a major reason why they are the undisputed market leader in smartphones.

I dont beleive it..
By darkblade33 on 4/9/2010 9:57:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yes a new iPhone is being developed - for ATT !

A trusted apple analyst already touched on this one by sayng CDMA phones were the ones for China .. not verizon .. and that Verizon would have the iPhone earliest 2011 !

Macworld also touched on this by a comment:
"Daringfireball's John Gruber sarcastically links out to today's Wall Street Journal rumor about the coming Verizon iPhone."

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