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Verizon wants denial of Apple's preliminary ban on Samsung

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Sat September 24, 2011

Verizon amicus brief opposes Apple ban on Samsung

Verizon on Friday filed an amicus brief asking a Northern District of California court to deny Apple's request for a preliminary ban on Samsung devices at the upcoming October 13 hearing. It contends that the ban, which for Verizon would block the Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE, would "hinder" the development and rollout of its LTE-based 4G network. The carrier used an unusually political tone, Florian Muller noted, and claimed the ban could hurt job growth as well as "undercut key public policy goals" for both widespread broadband and a modernized emergency response network.

The Verizon request is only limited to the one software patent Apple has argued Samsung is infringing and has "no position" on whether or not the court believes a ban is needed on design traits. Choosing the path may be an attempt to balance between wanting to keep Android devices on sale in the long term, where the software patent would have more impact, and the individual device disputes where claims could go away.

Most likely, Verizon is interested in maintaining its short term commercial interests above all else. While the iPhone is now the most popular Verizon phone, the network still has its reputation as the most popular choice for Android. So far, the only 4G phones and tablets on the network are using Android, and the absence of those devices would discourage use of its expensive LTE network until Apple's possible LTE iPads and iPhones in 2012.

Its move could be risky given that it could risk antagonizing Apple, which not only wants to slow down Android in any way possible but sees Samsung as deliberately imitating iPad and iPhone design. Apple is unlikely to drop Verizon as an iPhone provider, however. The smartphone has already managed to slow down Android on Verizon and shift marketing attention away.

Any action isn't surprising but may also underscore Verizon's frequently intimate connection to Google. As part of its attempt to get an iPhone alternative, Verizon got early access to Android 2.0 and the original Motorola Droid. Google has also been widely accused of compromising its ethics when it reached a pact with Verizon on net neutrality that saw Google abandon some of its principles to protect its most lucrative source of Android sales in the US.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Justin

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    Hopefully Apple will stop development on the Verizon iPhone 5, that should get them to change their tone... I'm sure they'd rather have an Apple device over one of them generic turds.

  1. chas_m



    Apple's not that petty

    As Gruber noted, Verizon's just acting out of self interest. They fear a handset market dominated by Apple and prefer a carrier-dominated market (Samsung is a also a big phone maker, but will only ever be one of many rather than dominant, and are willing to let carriers dictate specs, since as we all know they don't have any of their own original ideas).

    I wouldn't be surprised, however, if the next iPhone (whatever they're calling it this week) is a bit more constrained in supply for one particular carrier due to "technical issues."

  1. TomMcIn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Living off the avails...

    Why doesn't Verizon wait until the courts decide if the Samsung devices they sell are legal or not?

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No sympathy...

    Apparently Samsung did not take ANY of their actions into consideration when they started copying the iPhone. I wonder how Samsung would have reacted if HTC, or Motorola, had copied them!?
    No sympathy for reckless companies. Apple HAS the $$$ to start up their own fab plants anywhere they want and they have had them before.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Verizon is afraid of Apple

    "Verizon wants denial of Apple's preliminary ban on Samsung"

    And people in h*** want ice water.

    Apple is gaining so much momentum in the cell phone industry that they just might be able to turn cell carriers into generic ISP-like commodity vendors. For example, let's say some near-future iPhone will have the ability to switch between carriers, to whichever carrier is strongest at the moment. And every month you pay Apple instead of any specific carrier. And Apple pays Verizon or AT&T etc. depending on how many minutes (or how much data) you actually used on each network.

    I'd pay a little extra for that. Gladly.

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