Verizon CEO scoffs at Apple iPhone; waits for Apple CEO Steve Jobs to ‘get old’

Ivan Seidenberg is chairman and chief executive of Verizon Communications.

“Mr Seidenberg is adamant that Verizon Wireless is well placed to be one of the winners in the battle between companies for a big chunk of the revenue coming from the rising popularity of the mobile internet,” Andrew Parker and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson report for The Financial Times.

“He reserves his most acerbic remarks for Apple, the US technology company, and Steve Jobs, its chief executive,” Parker and Edgecliffe-Johnson report.

“Apple is credited with turning the mobile internet into a user-friendly reality with its much hyped iPhone, and Mr Jobs struck an exclusive network deal last year with AT&T for the handset,” Parker and Edgecliffe-Johnson report.

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“While describing Apple as a ‘great company,’ Mr Seidenberg highlights its small market share of global handset sales. He scoffs at suggestions that the iPhone is about to become a mass-market handset because Apple has accepted mobile operators’ pleas to subsidise it,” Parker and Edgecliffe-Johnson report.

“As handsets become banking tools and games controllers, he argues, mobile operators can up-end other companies’ business models. ‘It’s very cool. And Steve Jobs eventually will get old . . . I like our chances,'” Parker and Edgecliffe-Johnson report.

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Earth hath no idiocy like a wireless carrier scorned by Apple’s Steve Jobs.


  1. As the CEO of a major company, he should be ashamed that that’s his only response to a clear threat to his business. What he’s basically saying is “Yeah, they’ve got us beat now but we’re praying to God that once Steve leaves Apple years & years from now that we’ll still be around.”

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