Verizon CEO: We’re interested in iPhone, ball entirely in Apple’s court

Apple Online Store “Verizon Wireless takes jabs at the iPhone in its Droid advertising, but it said Monday that it’s still interested in selling the popular device,” Andrew LaVallee blogs for The Wall Street Journal.

LaVallee reports, “In fact, it’s not up to the carrier, suggested Ivan Seidenberg, chief executive of Verizon Communications. ‘This is a decision that is exclusively in Apple’s court,’ he said during Verizon’s third-quarter earnings call. ‘We obviously would be interested at any point in the future they thought it would make sense for them to have us as a partner. And so we will leave it with them on that score.'”

LaVallee reports, “‘What they have done has been successful, so we have to sit back and give them credit for that,’ he said. ‘Our view is to broaden the base of choice for customers, and hopefully along the way, Apple, as well as others, will decide to jump on the bandwagon.’Rival carrier AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in the U.S.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

46 Comments

  1. They had their chance and blew it. Now that they are getting their rear ends handed to them they are “interested”. I would like to see Apple end the exclusive deal, but Verizon would be the last one I would offer it to.

    Just saying…

  2. Verizon has started a negative ad campaign against iPhone and Apple…Do they really think that that’s the way to change things???

    Even if Apple drops exclusivity with ATT, I’d bet Verizon get the big middle finger for their attitude coupled with their initial arrogance.

    They had their chance and blew it. They might have had a second chance, but they preferred the low road.

  3. CDMA has some advantages. I believe Verizon will have problems when they go GSM. The coverage is less so they will need lots more towers. Just because more people use GSM, that doesn’t necessarily make it better (think windows).

  4. If Verizon thinks that Apple is going to jump on their bandwagon they are dumber than I thought. Apple will try to get their phone on T-Mobile or some other carrier before they go to Verizon. Verizon still needs to loose a few more customers before they get their head out of their rears. They, like a lot of anal-ists, think an iPhone killer will show up eventually, but they are all wrong. The Droid phone will sell, but will not have the success for Verizon that the iPhone would. Verizon management is like the music industry management, clueless.

  5. Based on their Droid ad and “the ball is in Apple’s court” attitude, it does not appear to me that the situation has substantially changed from a few years ago (other than AT&T gaining millions of new high dollar customers).

    This is clearly an attempt to manipulate public perception of Verizon as the “good guy” willing to abolish that nasty old (lucrative) AT&T exclusivity for the benefit of everyone (especially Verizon). Droid is vaporware at this point as far as I can tell. Unless Droid comes through in a big way (unlike the Pre), Verizon is in a very weak position. If Droid hits it big, then Apple will finally might have some worthy competition on its hands.

  6. I saw the iDon’t Droid commercials. Verizon is fine. They have nothing to fear except fear itself… and bankruptcy.

    1. Fear
    2. Bankruptcy
    3. Stockholder revolt.

    Those are the only things Verizon has to fear… along with epic failure.

  7. Balls in their court doesn’t mean they’ve given everything and Apple’s standing in the way. It means they’ve given everything they are WILLING to give, and Apple can take it or leave it. Clever how they can make it sound like Apple alone is the barrier!

    Example: We use the wrong network standards so you’d need a whole different phone model. We’ll pay you half what AT&T;does. Take it or leave it. Ball’s in your court, Apple!

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