Verizon Speaks: Interested in iPhone but Decision Up to Apple
According to Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon wants the iPhone, but Apple isn't offering it yet. More precisely:
“This is a decision that is exclusively in Apple’s court. 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.”
Of course, this is the also the man who last year, when asked how Verizon would compete with the iPhone 3G said:
“Steve Jobs eventually will get old . . . I like our chances.”
So maybe he doesn't like them so much anymore, even apres-attack ads?
Since Verizon still uses a different radio technology than the iPhone (CDMA/EVDO instead of GSM/EDGE/HSPA), declined to go HSPA like Bell and Telus in Canada (both of whom are getting the iPhone in a matter of weeks), and 4G/LTE is still a ways off, we're not going to hold our breath (and you shouldn't either) for a quick Apple fix.
We've already speculated what a Verizon iPhone might look like, but hopefully the Droid will prove how open they're becoming, and the Verizon faithful will finally get their iPhone (with Wifi, App Store, open GPS, and without ugly trifold branding) sometime in the future...