Pop quiz. You run one of the few CDMA-based mobile providers in the world, and while you were rumored to have passed on the original iPhone, thus locking you out of the North American market for Apple's revolutionary handset, even your Old World parent, Vodafone, has finally, desperately signed up to carry the iPhone 3G in many other markets. Bottom-line, you missed the boat to the point of now being landlocked, and what do you have to say for yourself? You'll do better? You'll try harder? You'll stop with the iClones and actually try to out-innovate the iPhone?
Not if you're Ivan "the Terrible" Seidenberg, who's big answer to the iPhone 3G is:
"Steve Jobs eventually will get old . . . I like our chances."
Yup. Steve Jobs, who helped bring the Apple II (command line), Mac (graphical interface), and iPhone (multi-touch) to the masses, in spite of health concerns that might make lesser CEOs (subjected company not only included but vehemently singled out) lose continence in themselves, will -- gasp -- grow old.
If that's best Seidenberg can come up with, his board has a far bigger reason to panic than competition from Apple.
Of course, this isn't the first time Seidenberg has opened his mouth about Apple only to firmly insert feet.
And luckily (for our funny bones), it's not likely to be the last!