“Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said the company’s wireless arm expects to introduce its own form of tiered data pricing, possibly over the next four to six months,” Roger Cheng reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“But Mr. Seidenberg said Verizon Wireless’s offering wouldn’t simply copy rival carrier AT&T Inc.,” Cheng reports. “Mr. Seidenberg said the introduction of new products and services—likely in conjunction with the launch of fourth-generation wireless services—would allow Verizon Wireless to introduce a tiered pricing structure. The carrier would follow AT&T, which earlier this year introduced a two-tiered data structure with caps on how much data can be used. But Mr. Seidenberg said the tiers and bundled offerings would be different.”
“Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Verizon and Vodafone Group PLC, is also hoping its move to 4G will spur suppliers—including Apple Inc.—to build products for the carrier, Mr. Seidenberg said,” Cheng reports. “‘At some point, Apple will get with the program,’ he said during Thursday’s investor conference.”
MacDailyNews Take: Not if you keep talking like they they won’t. Apple invented the program, wiseass. You’re the ones who have to get with the program, dumb-pipe.
Cheng reports, Verizon Wireless has long coveted the Apple iPhone, which has an exclusive deal with AT&T. The lack of the iPhone has forced Verizon Wireless to develop a stronger lineup of smartphones on its own, and Mr. Seidenberg expects the move to a 4G technology called Long-Term Evolution will attract more suppliers and mobile devices. ‘We don’t feel like we have an iPhone deficit,’ Mr. Seidenberg said. ‘We would love to carry it, but we have to earn it.’ Mr. Seidenberg declined to comment on speculation that Verizon Wireless would get the iPhone some time next year. ‘I can’t speak for Apple,’ he said.”
MacDailyNews Take: That’s for sure. After his conflicting statements, from belittling Apple to lusting after iPhone in the space of a few seconds, it’s questionable whether fake iPhone peddler Seidenberg can speak for anyone; clearly, at least.
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