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Verizon: 4G iPhone is "Apple's decision"

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Wed June 24, 2009

VZW on iPhone and Android

Verizon chief Ivan Seidenberg last evening told late night show host Charlie Rose that his company didn't have control over the prospect of a 4G iPhone for its upcoming Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. The executive said it was "Apple's decision" as to whether or not it built a phone for the faster network and didn't comment on any possible agreements. Talks have been rumored underway for several months but, even if accurate, are potentially part of a pressure tactic to earn concessions from AT&T.

Seidenberg also teased regarding claims of a Motorola Android phone for his network, saying only that it "might be true." Most knowledgeable reports have anticipated a QWERTY slider device, nicknamed the Morrison, arriving late this year on Verizon's network.

A 4G iPhone is likely for the US both through its speed and widespread support for the technology. Verizon estimates that practical speeds may top 12Mbps downstream. Outside tests of LTE have suggested it would theoretically support 720p video streaming or, through lower latency, two-way video calls at a quality similar to most desktop instant messaging apps.

The carrier is also likely to share 4G airwaves with AT&T, as both plan to implement LTE networks on the 700MHz spectrum newly freed up by the end of analog over-the-air TV. Both networks should be ready on at least a small scale by 2011 and will allow development of phones that work on both networks without a special radio. Currently, the AT&T and Verizon networks are wholly incompatible and require either seperate versions of the same phone or else special dual mode "world edition" phones that can connect to both.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    from the interview...

    And when he says he doesn't want to be a gatekeeper, he TOTALLY DOES want to be THE gatekeeper.

    Personally, I wish Apple would release the 4G iPhone on both networks, along with anyone else who runs a 4G network, so we can get some competition for plans. Right now, AT&T is getting ridiculous with their pricing, and they want to charge some obscene additional amount just for the privilege of tethering to a laptop. It's more than time for some competition in US iPhone providers, like people benefit from elsewhere in the world, and the almost-universal adoption of the 4G LTE network by US carriers is going to make that feasible. Let's hope Apple follows through.

  1. winterlandia

    Joined: Dec 1969


    competition is not great

    Right now I have Verizon and have to pay $15 extra to tether. I asked AT&T what the tethering fee was for the iPhone and they told me $13. So I'm not sure Verizon is really any better. Verizon also does crazy stuff like disables the GPS and certain types of bluetooth connectivity in the phone so you can't use it without paying even more fees! Oh well.

  1. AdamC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Verizon the control freak

    I don't think Verizon will leave the iPhone as it is. It will probably cripple it so that it will not soak up too much bandwidth.

    So it is a good thing AT&T is holding the franchise and leave the full capability of the iPhone as it is.

    As for drop calls it is a funny that that it only concern the iPhone but not other makes.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Verizon the control

    No, verizon wouldn't be crippling the iPhone, because Apple wouldn't let them (duh!).

    And everyone should hope that the 4G that gets pushed around by Verizon and AT&T and such will finally bring some standardization to the world of cell phones in the US, and one could just buy the freakin' phone and buy a service plan separately from whoever the h*** they desire.

    You know, like the rest of the world has.

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