Verizon prepares network for iPhone

According to BusinessWeek, Verizon Wireless Chief Technology Officer, Anthony Melone, said that in the event that AT&T's exclusivity deal is broken, Verizon is ready for the iPhone. Melone confirms that Verizon has been beefing up its network to prepare for the possibility of adding the world's most popular smartphone to their lineup. "We have put things in place already... We are prepared to support that traffic." Melone feels that Verizon's network and equipment would do a much better job of handling the heavy traffic load produced by the iPhone, stating, "Absolutely, I think we could handle it."

Verizon has consistently poured money into improving their network across the US. They have invested nearly $19 billion over the past three years, in addition to acquiring Alltel, which gave them more coverage in states such as California, Nevada, and Arizona. Apparently, Verizon also has a troubleshooting program team that helps identify weak spots in their network, in order to bring those areas up to par. "Verizon operates 100 vehicles in which technicians literally drive on roads throughout the country testing the service of their own devices as well as devices of their rivals. That's up from 10 vehicles a decade ago. If techies find an area that has weak service, the company can target more investment to improve the quality of the phone call or the data download."

Without saying that Verizon is for sure getting the iPhone, Malone made it very clear that he expects them to. With the vast majority of analysts believing that AT&T's exclusivity deal is coming to an end, Verizon's network may finally get a chance to feel the true wrath of iPhone users.

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hehe, how times change. Less than a year ago there was all sorts of crap about how horrible sprints tech support was and now this thread is full of praise. I'm sure there's been improvement after all the horrible PR, but I think when someone comes along and is worse, people so quickly forget.

Anyways, I don't want to see the iPhone on Verizon. True, I don't like it, but my feeling is that there will be better competition and improvements to all phones if the iPhone is limited and kept in check.

No friggin way. If there's one thing Verizon is notorious for it's crippling phones. Apple won't let them get away with it, and so they might just learn that it's stupid to try. That policy has seriously everything to do with Verizon's relative lack of innovation in phones and their slow adoption of smartphones compared to other providers.

So although I won't touch a data plan with a ten-foot pole and am not interested in the iPhone, I welcome it to Verizon because I feel it is the only hope of seeing some decent changes in the mobile sphere.

Keep that piece of **** iPhone off of Verizon's network. We need phone's with functionality, not "look how cool I am".
Android is the future.

You're obviously an Apple hater that will rag on something with no basis. I probably would go for on iPhone only if it came out on VZW since I am strictly on VZW but your argument (if you want to call it that) is lacking.

What makes the iPhone a piece of ****? It is obviously selling well. It's right behind BlackBerry OS for smartphone sales (and that is only with one network). It has a lot of apps (some fun, some for business, most are useless but they still sell). The hardware is impressively responsive (much better than what Android, Win Mo and RIM are able to do). So what is it?

I am sure Apple is well aware that Android will gain a huge piece of the market share if they don't open there doors to other networks just to gain a bigger footprint. We all know that Microsoft should just give up on Windows Mobile. The battle for smartphone OS is only between Android, Apple OS and Blackberry OS for now.

Draganta2000 said,
You're obviously an Apple hater that will rag on something with no basis. I probably would go for on iPhone only if it came out on VZW since I am strictly on VZW but your argument (if you want to call it that) is lacking.

What makes the iPhone a piece of ****? It is obviously selling well. It's right behind BlackBerry OS for smartphone sales (and that is only with one network). It has a lot of apps (some fun, some for business, most are useless but they still sell). The hardware is impressively responsive (much better than what Android, Win Mo and RIM are able to do). So what is it?

I am sure Apple is well aware that Android will gain a huge piece of the market share if they don't open there doors to other networks just to gain a bigger footprint. We all know that Microsoft should just give up on Windows Mobile. The battle for smartphone OS is only between Android, Apple OS and Blackberry OS for now.


+1

Doesn't RIM sell their Blackberry phones on both networks? I don't see your point? It's not going to be a big deal to sell a CDMA version of the iPhone on Verizon's network or even better, make the next version of the iPhone be able to use either CDMA or GSM.

Stokkolm said,
Doesn't RIM sell their Blackberry phones on both networks? I don't see your point? It's not going to be a big deal to sell a CDMA version of the iPhone on Verizon's network or even better, make the next version of the iPhone be able to use either CDMA or GSM.

+1.. but i highly doubt they'll do that... be one awesum phone though

I think it will be very stupid of Apple to turn to Verizon again unless they are really planning on having GSM and CDMA phones w/o exclusivity. Look at some other foreign countries where iPhone is available on different networks and such. But giving an exclusivity to just Verizon will really cost them for the first couple of years (given ATT has a larger customer base and some of them are still tied to their contracts for at least 1 more year)

AT&T's customer base is substantially smaller than Verizon's. Verizon became the biggest US Carrier as soon as they bought Alltel. Also, they aren't talking about going exclusive with Verizon, AT&T will still offer the iPhone even if Verizon gets it.

Weren't they offered the iPhone first?

They were stupid to turn it down. What a big mistake on their part...

You may think it was stupid, and I wish they had taken the offer, but the offer Apple made was ridiculous, so Verizon told them to eff off naturally.

NeoandGeo said,
You may think it was stupid, and I wish they had taken the offer, but the offer Apple made was ridiculous, so Verizon told them to eff off naturally. :p

OR... Verizon tried to Dominate Apples strong Fisted CEO.. and he told them to eff off... lol

A comment from the Original Article:

KaosNP
Dec 21, 2009 7:10 AM GMT
Verizon's not getting the iPhone anytime soon. They're building out their network capacity to deal with the crop of Android phones being introduced as well as future Win Mobile 7 and Blackberry devices that will be more web and media (read data) centric. Apple's not giving up the estimated $100 extra in subsidy money and building an iPhone model with a new chipset (for EVDO) to get onto Verizon.

ok.. they say all this, but with the Ads Apple put out against the network.. Do you think they would switch to Verizon? shucks.. I really like the iPhone, but if they go Verizon, that means CDMA phone and then I won't be able to use it in other countries even if I jailbroke it :(

BUUUUUUUT!,

I doubt APPLE would leave its userbase on AT&T stranded.. and hopefully 2 versions of the iPhone come out

Gee.........PREPARING for an onslaught of new customers, which would put a strain on the network?
What a concept........maybe if at&t had done that, so many people wouldn't be having problems with the
SLOW at&t 3G network

It's not that they should have been prepared for it, I don't think anybody ever thought that the iPhone would be as big as it is, back when it was first released. However, that doesn't excuse them for not keeping pace (or out-pacing...yeah I said it ;-)) with bandwidth demand over the few years that they've offered the iPhone now.

I am having a hard time understanding why anyone would go after any new Verizon 3G phone, when Verizon has "openly" made it clear that LTE service is scheduled for release first quarter next year and more deployments shortly after. I have an iPhone and the idea of Verizon getting it is very attractive, but the phone needs to be LTE capable with a faster processor to handle the packets and apps that will jump on a 30Mbps (or higher) connection. If the USA gets only one-third of the bandwidth that other new LTE providers are advertising, then that is worth the wait. I have three lines with Verizon and one of those lines is eligible for a new phone or upgrade. I am trying to hold out for LTE.

Does anyone here believe Verizon will make the iPhone their first 3G/LTE capable PDA phone?

There wont be ANY LTE phones for probably another 3-4yrs. LTE next year will only be for laptops and USB modems. So you can use thaat upgrade on whatever phone you like now and be able to upgrade to LTE when that comes out.

Your comment implies “there won’t be ANY LTE phones”. The facts of public information would contradict your comment. LG and Motorola have already released two LTE capable phones (Photo-types of course) and the last technology convention had the CTO and President of Verizon making the very first “Phone Call” on the LTE network. Other facts are the Verizon employees in Virginia and Boston (rumor has Seattle on that list) currently testing these prototype phones, as well as the air cards and so on.

With that said, I see inaccuracies in your comment. The biggest technical argument being made right now is “Do we keep using the CDMA voice paths or do we go VoIP over LTE. VoIP may be 3-4 years out from now, but the current facts we have today point to LTE PDAs being in our hands sooner.

Perhaps you should Google around before making that comment. Not to say we (the consumer) will have LTE phones in our hands next year, but Verizon and AT&T have promised their shareholders that LTE service will be deployed way before 3-4 years.

They fail to mention that all of this is "assuming" there will be a CDMA version (or compatible version) of the iPhone coming next year, which as of right now, we have no clue if there is or isn't. The bigger question is if Apple would really invest money into supporting CDMA for 1 carrier since the rest of the world operates on GSM. Guess we'll find out next month when the new iPhone is shown off.

Just want to say that I switched to Verizon from AT&T early in 2009, and my experience with them has been better than dealing with AT&T in every regard. I get better service, the support has not been problematic in the slightest, it was actually cheaper for me, and overall I am very very pleased. My only complaint was that I couldn't get an iPhone (didn't want a Blackberry and no sense in getting a Droid with iPhone right around the corner) but I've managed so far.

I will without a doubt upgrade to the Verizon iPhone when it is released.

Bah! I am all for more networks getting the iPhone, as at&t just sucks and competition is better for us, but I would hate it to be Verizon and at&t only having it. Verizon is so high on their thrown, like suing Sprint and at&t for what their ad's say (Sprint's was stupid as that ad was correct and not false, while at&t's was w/e), raising their ETF to $350, etc., that it would be just the way it is today with the prices and stuff.

I hope Sprint get's it with their WiMax 4G Network because Sprint has one of the best phone plans currently and their customer service is improving!

Tech Star said,
Bah! I am all for more networks getting the iPhone, as at&t just sucks and competition is better for us, but I would hate it to be Verizon and at&t only having it. Verizon is so high on their thrown, like suing Sprint and at&t for what their ad's say (Sprint's was stupid as that ad was correct and not false, while at&t's was w/e), raising their ETF to $350, etc., that it would be just the way it is today with the prices and stuff.

I hope Sprint get's it with their WiMax 4G Network because Sprint has one of the best phone plans currently and their customer service is improving!

I'm right there with you, Sprint is by far the superior service right now over-all, and as they roll out the rest of their nationwide 4G Network, and some phones that run 3G/4G, they will continue to push upward in their ability to offer solid customer-oriented services.

There are still a few walls to break down (like locking Tethering off of their phones, they'd be better off allowing it but putting a cap of like 10GB per month of transfer on phones and unlimited on AirCards), but overall they are doing an excellent job at rebuilding the reputation that the previous management tarnished so badly over the past few years.

//edited note: I have ZERO Interest in getting an iPhone, on any network... but the more Sprint can get their hands on, the better for customer's across the board =) \

Well i guess if they do get the iPhone it will work out great. I just think the iPhone itself is the problem. People just love that thing!