Last Updated Aug 20, 2007 6:46 PM EDT
"We just added four new devices in the past month," [Seidenberg] said. "The new BlackBerry is flying off shelves. The way we see it, our customers have price points and service packaging that is different." Specifically, he pointed to Verizon's V Cast music service that allows consumers to download songs over the air, and mobile video services including the new V Cast TV that uses the MediaFlo network built by Qualcomm to broadcast live TV.In other words, Verizon isn't scrambling to partner with a handset designer to develop a last-minute iPhone-killer. The telecom leader is just planning to ride the iPhone wave, tangentially, if possible, and stick by its Blackberry guns.
When asked if he thinks the company will take a hit from subscribers ditching Verizon Wireless' service for AT&T's he said he believes that Verizon is in a very good position. Verizon Wireless has long enjoyed strong customer loyalty with one of the lowest churn rates of any major wireless operator in the country. "The way we come at this is to let the iPhone hit the market," he said. "I don't think it changes the game plan for how we approach the market. But we need to see the impact.