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Verizon says it will have an answer to AT&T's iPhone by late summer

Although the iPhone now appears to be AT&T’s ace in the hole, Verizon actually had first dibs on the iPhone, but refused. Reports back in January said that Apple approached Verizon with the iPhone, but the carrier turned it down because it felt that Apple’s terms for exclusivity were unreasonable.

“We said no [to the iPhone offer]. We have nothing bad to say about the Apple iPhone. We just couldn't reach a deal that was mutually beneficial,” said Verizon Wireless vice president Jim Gerace.

Verizon, however, appears to have no regrets on passing up the iPhone, and even believes that the exclusivity of the phone won’t do much to help AT&T. Instead, Verizon believes that it has a superior network and cellular technology.

“The issue is not the Apple-ness of the iPhone itself, but with the cellular network that it is running on,” said Denny Strigl, Verizon’s chief operating officer, insinuating that AT&T’s network is sub-par. “That will be the true test of the iPhone: What will the iPhone experience be?”

Verizon isn’t going to simply play the waiting game while AT&T flashes its iPhone product on every advertising medium available. Although the carrier won’t be getting any Apple products in the near future, Strigl confirmed with USA Today that Verizon is already working with an unnamed manufacturer on a phone that will directly compete against the iPhone.

“We do have a very good response in the mill,” the Verizon COO said. “You'll see that from us in the late summer.”


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Exclusivity, or refusal to lockout features?
By mcturkey on 5/23/2007 1:19:42 PM , Rating: 4
I wonder if this really is about Apple refusing to lockout features of the phone in order to secure Get It Now functionality as being required to do any media functions. Verizon loves to lock out features of phones with their (often easily circumvented) firmware. People often think that you need a high-end fancy phone to play MP3s and videos, but my 2-year-old Motorola E815 does it just fine (though the standard firmware doesn't allow it).

Aside from the interface, the iPhone is nothing new. While a lot of people will no doubt buy it, and some will even switch to AT&T just to get it, I'll stay with Verizon. In many parts of the country that I travel to when visiting family and friends, AT&T's coverage is not sufficient, and my job requires me to be reachable.

At $500, I'd rather spend a little more to have a laptop w/ cellular card and a simpler, cheaper phone like the E815. But then, I'm not the target demographic, either.




By Master Kenobi (blog) on 5/23/2007 1:42:53 PM , Rating: 2
I have an E815 myself. What is this magic firmware you speak of?


By CKDragon on 5/23/2007 1:54:23 PM , Rating: 4
I've also had the E815 unlocked firmware since April 2006. You can either follow one of the dozens of tutorials or research everything at www.howardforums.com, that's what I did.

Go wild. :)


By noirsoft on 5/23/2007 2:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I wonder if this really is about Apple refusing to lockout features of the phone in order to secure Get It Now functionality as being required to do any media functions


None of the Windows Mobile phones offered through Verizon have this type of lockout, so I would doubt that that was the reason. Yes, you can argue that Microsoft > Verizon > Apple in terms of clout in this area, but I, without any specific knowledge, would think it had more to do with pricing than with tech features.


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