Verizon CEO sees “conspiracy” to declare iPhone a success

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Verizon CEO and chairman Ivan Seidenberg told Britain’s Financial Times that he doesn’t regard Apple’s iPhone as having much chance of success at its new $200 price point.

While describing Apple as a “great company”, Mr Seidenberg highlights its small market share of global handset sales. He scoffs at suggestions that the iPhone is about to become a mass-market handset because Apple has accepted mobile operators’ pleas to subsidise it.

That list that does not, of course, include Verizon Communications.

“In the long term, my view is that we’re the hunter. That’s the way I see it, and I’m trying to develop a new generation of hunters.”

The most striking fact about his remarks for me was a feeling that I’ve heard them before: it’s the same talk we heard before the iPhone stormed the fancier smartphone segment. Take, for example, Palm CEO Ed Colligan, who mocked Apple as “PC guys” with no hope of being able to “walk in” on his company’s turf. And now Seidenberg mocks it because it hasn’t “earned” its place on the field.

Earn what from who? Two years on, and cellular carriers still see their market – subscribers and equipment manufacturers alike – as things to which they are entitled.

New king of the US wireless jungle says he is hunter, not prey [FT]

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4 Responses to Verizon CEO sees “conspiracy” to declare iPhone a success

  1. George Curious says:

    Yah, a hunter. You’re Elmer Fudd and le Steve is Bugs Bunny.

  2. w000t says:

    @Halloween Jack
    And pounded his fist on his desk…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzYNByTu1eg

  3. Halloween Jack says:

    “In the long term, my view is that we’re the hunter. That’s the way I see it, and I’m trying to develop a new generation of hunters.”

    He then put on a coonskin cap that he keeps in a desk drawer, took an antique flintlock rifle down from the wall, and pretended to hunt bear from behind his office couch. “Pew! Pew! I am the mighty hunter!”

  4. agraham999 says:

    Sell your Verizon stock!

    We’ve heard these comments before not just from Verizon and Palm…but Dell, Creative, Motorola, MS. This is not the type of talk that makes me think they take the threat seriously.

    If you look at Apple’s sales, iPod sales are down because the iPhone has replaced it. I can speak from experience having a Pebl, Samsung, Blackberry, and Sony phone all in the same year…the iPhone has been the best of the bunch and the upgrade in both hardware and software is only going to boost the success of the device.

    Regardless, when I hear management make comments like this I sell stock because I know they aren’t using critical thinking and instead are behaving like an ostrich with its head in the sand.

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