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At an event hosted by the Council of Foreign Relation, Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications, discussed everything from net neutrality to Google to the iPhone. He is pretty explicit in his desire to bring the iPhone to his network. Watch the video.

At a Council of Foreign Relations event in New York, Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications, spoke to Alan S. Murray, Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor, Online, Wall Street Journal. He touched upon various topics including the iPad and the iPhone. His comments on the iPhone were pretty telling — revealing a kind of wistfulness.

“In our view, over time, is that as the devices come to a common architecture, we would be eligible for Apple to consider putting their devices on our network. It’s their shot, their call,” he said. “We’re open to doing it. eventually our view is we’ll get to carry the Apple standard when Apple’s ready to make that decision. We have expressed to Apple an interest in doing it; we have explained that our network is capable of handling it. But those of you who read about Apple — a great company, they operate on their own frequency.”

His comments about the iPad were very telling as well.

But here’s the thing about the iPad that’s very interesting. So we look at it as a fourth screen. So you got your TV; you got your mobile device, right; you got your PC; and now you got a fourth screen. So it’s not clear that those four could become three, or those four could become five, but at this point it’s another screen in the marketplace. Now, the interesting thing about the iPad, from how Verizon looks at it– from a network person, first of all, it has no hard drive, right. It’s got flash memory. So that doesn’t mean anything to you, but it means a lot. It means they can produce a lower-cost device for the technology they put in, and the battery will last longer.

Seidenberg also discussed net neutrality and the gulf between Silicon Valley and the phone companies. He also discusses the newfound kinship with Google.

So if you look at Silicon Valley, they’re view was anything that Verizon, or AT&T, or any of the carriers did was an encroachment on the software business. So the best thing is to come up with a strategy that defines “network” and segments it away from software, and therefore you create a whole argument around Net neutrality. What we know is that the technology is not that easy to separate. Things are more integrated.

Here is the interview: I recommend you watch it.

  1. What the heck. The video cuts off right when Ivan get’s into his talk about the iphone???

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  2. iPhone on Big Red, as long as Verizon is in Extra Large letters and prominent Extra Large Verizon logo, right on top front of the Verizon iPhone, to remind Verizon iPhone users that it took alot of their cryin’ and hollerin’ to get on Big Red, and also they’d better not be whiny bandwidth hogs.

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  3. Not to be grammar police, but in the last quoted paragraph, first sentence, shouldn’t “they’re” be “their?”

    That said, I really, really hope that iPhone does come to Verizon. Almost everyone I know who has an iPhone, including my dad and sister, are cursing the network every five minutes for dropping calls, being too slow, etc. Aside from that, the iPhone is a very impressive, fun, and useful product, as all iPhone owners know. I’d love one, but not at the expense of switching to AT&T.

    I’ve been with Verizon for 5 years now, and it’s been pretty damn good service the whole time, both cellular and customer. The one and only beef I have with them is poor or fluctuating signal quality in my house, but it’s in a mini-valley surrounded by hills and the tower is high up on a hill.

    Fingers crossed!

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  4. Sigh, never understood why apple would place themselves into a marriage with a company who’s network is inferior to another company such as Verizon.

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  5. LULU. THOUSAND OAKS.CALIFORNIA Thursday, April 8, 2010

    I’m sorry Verizon.. you have to wait your turn.. and no the calls don’t get dropped. they just need to take care of their Iphones. go to the Apple store. they will be happy to help you with any issues..my Iphone never dropped a call. been with AT&T since it was AT&T. then Cingular then AT&T. best service ever. and for the customer also. Stop hating! you’ll get your chance verizon. Can you hear me now?

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  6. Paul Calento Friday, April 9, 2010

    From a business perspective, many iPhones enter most organizations as a “personal device” (http://bit.ly/aKSJOn), which have to be supported. But … if available on Verizon, more volume buyers would (likely) consider the iPhone. But there’s been Verizon talk now for quite a while. About Me – http://bit.ly/amSW5Y

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  7. He’s a super smart guy – it’s great interview.

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