What’s your iPhone strategy with Verizon out of the game?

Now what?

Comments from Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg on Thursday left little room for the possibility of a Verizon version of the iPhone any time soon, Associated Press reported.

Speaking at an investors’ conference, Seidenberg said nothing about an iPhone for the company’s current network, AP wrote.

Instead, he hopes Apple will come around and allow Verizon to sell the phone for a new network it is building. The “4G” network hasn’t yet opened for service and won’t be complete next year, AP reported.

So, it looks like AT&T’s exclusive right to sell the iPhone in the U.S. will endure for awhile, despite rumors to the contrary.

Are you disappointed or not?

Would you get the iPhone if Verizon had it? Will you switch to AT&T when your contract expires now that Verizon appears out of the game in the short-run?

If you’re an AT&T customer, have you noticed an improvement in the network lately or not?

Finally, do you agree with the Verizon CEO when he said:  “We don’t feel like we have an iPhone deficit?”

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114 comments Add your comment

c mitchell

September 24th, 2010
7:15 am

ugh. not sure what i will do. very disappointed though. i’ve have an unlocked iphone with TMobile now for about a yr (no contract) waiting to be able to return with verizon. ugh.

Atlive

September 24th, 2010
7:18 am

First. I was waiting, but now it’s time to switch to at&t

Kraw

September 24th, 2010
7:33 am

been with Bell South Mobility/Cingular/ATT for over 10 years. I wouldn’t switch. All of my family has ATT.

Love my iPhone 4

shu

September 24th, 2010
8:01 am

i am with verizion i will just get a droid or something like that… tired of waiting for the iphone

Ghostrider

September 24th, 2010
8:01 am

Will I wait? Let me think about that…Hell No. I could care less, besides it will be outdated in a few months.

JOD

September 24th, 2010
8:12 am

Who cares about an Iphone, except the lemmings that stand in line for one anyways? Steve Jobs could vomit, and these robots would want one. Besides, the Android is gaining so much momentum, why would you want an Iphone?

GTFan

September 24th, 2010
8:21 am

Who cares about the stupid iPhone. I have the Droid Eris and I love it. The only reason people want an iPhone is because it’s made my Apple, its a more of a fashion statement then anything. So, Verizon will do fine without the iPhone, as long as the Droid keeps doing well.

GTFan

September 24th, 2010
8:22 am

Shu,
The Droid is worth it!!! A lot of people I know have Droids!

GTFan

September 24th, 2010
8:23 am

Atlive,
You’re going to switch to AT&T over a iPhone? Really? That’s stupid!

DMB

September 24th, 2010
8:27 am

As much as I HATE AT&T – no. I love the iPhone and will upgrade/stay with the evil, customer-no-service AT&T. It sucks that Apple is screwing their customers this way.

GT Student

September 24th, 2010
8:30 am

The best smart phone in the market right now is the N8 from Nokia. I am not sure why I would use a phone where there is no multitasking, awful camera, dropped phone calls and flimsy hardware. You all can stand on the line for the toy phone, I will use a real phone.

Ehhh

September 24th, 2010
8:49 am

I have had my iPhone experience. It was alrigt I guess. Doesn’t really work well for a person in the business world, unless you want to jail-break it to get Windows software installed. I am going back to the good ole’ Crackberry. Will use my old iPhone as my ipod for sure though.

For Realzies

September 24th, 2010
8:57 am

I always hear about the bad service and horrible customer service from AT&T. I personally have never had a problem with AT&T. I have service pretty much everywhere I go, and have never had a single issue. Also, their phones are better than their competition by 10-fold. Even if my service sucked with AT&T, I still don’t think I would leave because the wuality of their physical products are soo much more superior. As for the iPhone….Don’t get me started. Everybody drinks the Kool-Aid because Stevie J. will get up there in his Mom Jeans and show 20 new ways to drag-and-drop. The fact is: the iPhone is a terribly made product. They are so focused on the technology, that they neglect every other aspect needed in a phone…SERVICE, DURABILITY, GOOD WARRANTIES. The three previous are all things which Apple products do not have…Just sayin…

Thomas

September 24th, 2010
8:58 am

have at and t for home phone and internet but i will never switch to them for cell phone, terrible coverage, and verizon is the only ones with 3g where i live , sorry at&t your cell phone service sucks and for all the at&t loyalists its time to swallow your pride and get a service that works in more places .

Not an iPhone using 30 something yuppie poser

September 24th, 2010
9:02 am

Android devices are gaining in popularity and selection. The only reason to own an iPhone is to be just like everyone else who has one. It’s herd mentality…..Just look at the photos of those hose bags standing in line for 8 hours to get a phone that was not completely ready for distribution. Further, Verizon is killing themselves by starting their own Android app store.

A

September 24th, 2010
9:08 am

Thankfully, I am out of contract with AT&T for my iPhone 3G. Was hoping Verizon would have the iPhone next year since I’m ready to upgrade, but I’ll stick it out and keep my fingers crossed that Verizon gets the phone in 2012. If not, I guess I’ll have to hold my nose and upgrade with AT&T.

Glazed Ham

September 24th, 2010
9:11 am

I’ve had the iPhone 3GS on AT&T for about 15 months and I think the AT&T network is getting worse, not better. I’m considering switching to Verizon when my contract is up, even if it means giving up the iPhone.

Patrick

September 24th, 2010
9:16 am

I got a droid in March and love the android platform plus with Verizon, I have never had a service issues! Android is backed by Google and I think they are a very creative company so they will blow past apple because they have a company that streamlines creativity. Apple made a mistake by making the iphone exclusive to AT&T.

melissa cheatham-farr

September 24th, 2010
9:17 am

I have been with verizon for about 9 or 10 years so I am disappointed about verizon not getting the iphone or even going 4g yet so I’m really considering changing my service by just paying the cancellation fees.

m. cheatham-farr

September 24th, 2010
9:18 am

Enter your comments here

Gordon

September 24th, 2010
9:31 am

I’m an AT&T iPhone customer and my contract expires in January. I was hoping for introduction (or announcement) of a Verizon iPhone by then, but I plan to switch to Verizon whether or not they get the iPhone. I’m just tired of not being able to place or receive calls inside my home in the middle of downtown Washington, DC. I’ll probably end up getting a Droid in January (or whatever Verizon’s best phone is at that time). For those of you thinking about switching to AT&T for an iPhone, the network matters, and all the neat bells and whistles of the iPhone simply aren’t worth much without a decent signal.

Chick Fil A on a Sunday

September 24th, 2010
9:32 am

You just know Steve Jobs is sporting a chubby every time something like this comes up and his crappy products are in the news.

DMB

September 24th, 2010
9:32 am

@Not an iPhone using 30 something yuppie poser – Come on and join us.. you know you want to.. be one of the cool kids. ;-)

Not an iPhone using 30 something yuppie poser

September 24th, 2010
9:34 am

Verizon is an evil empire too. Read my above comments regarding Verizon’s intent to start their own app store. The apps will only be available to Verizon customers, thus forcing developers to remain exclusive to them. As a developer, I can tell you that won’t fly and it will hurt Verizon in the long run. The Droid is an excellent phone, but the carrier is evil.

Not an iPhone using 30 something yuppie poser

September 24th, 2010
9:35 am

HAHAHAHA……Can we go to the mall after class and hang out?

Nonia

September 24th, 2010
9:38 am

I have a Droid X, purchased without a 6 hour line wait. The phone is phenominal, there is nothing this phone cant do! This phone has replaced my digital camera, camcorder, garmin gps, ipod mps player, netbook, the comcast home internet modem…….etc! The Apple iphone is merely a fashion statement and more of a toy compared to the Droid X. I now know 8 family members and friends that have Droid driven products on verizon wireless that were with verizon before I was. I was with att for years, costing me more monthly for less services! Im saving about 100 bucks a month with the do it all droid x. Just received the latest 2.2 update, only took 10-15 minutes to complete. Lovee the droid x and no dropped calls!

R.C. Collins

September 24th, 2010
9:52 am

Why should I bother paying all that money to get an iPhone with Verizon’s overpriced service just so some no-good, shiftless Obama supporter can come along and steal it?

moddyd

September 24th, 2010
9:54 am

Anyone have the EVO 4G with Sprint? I have an antiquated iPhone 3G and the new IOS4 that i downloaded on to it has made it almost unuseable. Apple new the 3G hardware couldnt handle the IOS4, so why make it an update????? Pee’d me off.

moddyd

September 24th, 2010
9:55 am

Tucker

September 24th, 2010
10:04 am

I love my iPhone and AT&T service. I have had no problems whatsoever. I also love U-Verse. Disconnecting Comcast was a great day in our household.

Marshall King

September 24th, 2010
10:30 am

iPhone is not good without a signal!

Droid Rox

September 24th, 2010
12:09 pm

Seriously, who needs an iPhone. I have a Droid Incredible on Verizon, and it does everything an iPhone can do, and more. It syncs perfectly to my Gmail and Google Calendar, has fantastic GPS navigation, access to 80,000 apps on Android Market, and oh yeah actually works as a phone! Added bonus – my HTC phone is made in Taiwan, not communist China where FoxConn (Apples iPhone manufacturer) has to put nets across the streets in their dorm campus to keep their employees from jumping out the window from being kept as virtual slaves…

cc

September 24th, 2010
12:16 pm

iphones are for people who spend the money, Blackberries are for the ones who make the money!

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Steve Jobs

September 24th, 2010
12:25 pm

@ Droid Rox….It’s not true. They are not virtual slaves. They are entirely completely slaves! I got the idea form Nike!

Mary

September 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

I love my iphone and have recently upgraded to the iphone 4. I will say that I had a hard time with it the first few days with the signal/reception problems, but got the case for it and it’s fine. I’m sure it’s something they are working on. My only complaint is I wish they would give you the case when you purchase the phone instead of making you wait a few weeks to get it. I just went out and bought one and it’s been fine since (and instead of the Sept 30 date I was given as the date to receive my free case, I got it Sept 18, so I really only had to wait a week for it and now I have 2)!

Dave Perry

September 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

AT&T no-service will kill the iPhone as soon as the majority of our contracts run out. With similar products coming on the market it’s time for Apple to quit being so exclusive with this product. By the way, did I mention that AT&T is a nightmare, no-service, piece of crap company?

Rick

September 24th, 2010
12:39 pm

I was waiting, but gave up in June and bought the Droid X. LOVE IT!! Open market for apps a huge plus.

Motorcyclist

September 24th, 2010
12:43 pm

Thanks Verizon for not knuckling under to the iLemming.
Yes, I will still lend my Verizon Smartphone to my iLemming friends that can’t get a signal.

BamaFan

September 24th, 2010
12:49 pm

I just feel like I put too much money into downloads on my iPhone to switch unless someone on here knows of a way to transfer my itunes to a different application.

Erik

September 24th, 2010
1:11 pm

I owe a lot to AT&T. Their pricey plans encouraged me to stay with Sprint. I really, really wanted an iphone, but ended up getting an Evo. Battery life is subpar on Evo, but features and benefits and pricing surpass the iphone easily. I love my ipod touch and it now works with the hotspot service I have with Sprint nearly everywhere I go: have the cool user friendly functionality of the iphone, but with faster 4g service and unlimited data. It’ll even make it easy to get an ipad now. Thanks to your greed AT&T…I’m a very happy customer.

Dawgfan

September 24th, 2010
1:12 pm

Bamafan I had an iphone and switched to the droid x and couldn’t be happier! There if an app called Doubletwist that will automatically pull your itunes music from your iphone and then you can sync the music to your verizon phone. See the doubletwist website for more info.

Mr. V

September 24th, 2010
1:13 pm

Can you hear me now? Verizon is the BEST! AT&T sux. I’m a Droid user and love it.

Stephen

September 24th, 2010
1:13 pm

Verizon is no piece of cake with the customer service, either. I’ve had service from both companies, and I’ve had better coverage with AT&T and great customer service. Completely satisfied with AT&T at the moment.

ChrisJ-Dallas, GA

September 24th, 2010
1:26 pm

I am a Sprint customer and have been for years. I have never had any trouble with them at all. I just got the Epic 4G. It is so awesome who cares about iphone.

JoefromPTC

September 24th, 2010
1:36 pm

Apple makes great products, but because they are so controlling and protective, they remain a niche manufacturer with many of their products. They are not a customer-friendly company. They make compelling ads for TV, and they make their executives very rich. Not a big fan of AT&T, they don’t have the coverage that Verizon has. The Android appears poised to take over the smartphone market, including the Blackberry.

Troy

September 24th, 2010
1:56 pm

I’m not disappointed. My family contract with Verizon is over in May. I will go to whoever has the iPhone available at that time. I will be getting three of them. Verizon wants APPLE to wait for G4 LTE? Meanwhile ATT will continue to improves its infrastructure meaning fewer will leave. This will hurt Verizon in the long run and be good for ATT.

GTFan

September 24th, 2010
2:14 pm

Troy,
Verizon will do fine without the overrated iPhone! They have the Droids, and trust me A LOT OF PEOPLE are buying them. You’re going to leave a phone company to go to another phone company because of some overrated iPhone? That’s the stupidest thing ever. Like I stated before iPhone is nothing but a fashion statement. So glad I have a Droid, and not a iPhone!

JDTHEBEAST

September 24th, 2010
2:21 pm

I had an iPhone for 3 years before getting tired of AT&T and switching to Verizon. I currently have a Droid X. I constantly have to show friends things it can do that their iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS cannot. I have 3G service all over Georgia, Free Turn by Turn Navigation with traffic updates, and serveral Google Apps that are not available on the iPhone. Sure, the iPhone has more games and silly apps, but the Droid X has things I need. All in all, an Android Phone on Verizon is going to be hard to beat. Google Music will be out soon, and I wouldn’t count a company as creative as Google out of giving iTunes a run for its money. This is the only area where Android is inferior to iOS. I feel like this is about to change… So.. go for a Droid, and be proud to be a little different. Oh yeah, and to the dude on 85 south every morning playing with your iPhone with your apple stickers all over your car, PUT IT AWAY AND DRIVE. I am tired of swerving to avoid you.

Droid X User – Flowery Branch, GA

William

September 24th, 2010
2:22 pm

I love the iPhone bit I MUST go back to Verizon. I drop 6 or more calls per day on AT&T and I just can’t continue to do this. Hello droid!