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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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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.




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