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Verizon iPhone? No Worries, Says Motorola

Other than AT&T, Motorola has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the exclusive iPhone deal between Apple and the nations second-largest carrier. In just the past year, Motos been able to launch two successful Droid smartphones with Verizon Wireless, and has just rolled out a third. Just yesterday came more news of the Android platforms success, boosted greatly by sales of Motorola phones. So youd think talk of an iPhone for Verizon Wireless would make Moto nervous. Not so, says the companys boss.

Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola’s Mobility group, told a conference this week that hes comfortable with the dynamic that would create," according to the IDG News Service. In fact, he sees it creating more opportunity because AT&T will be forced to spend more marketing dollars on devices other than the iPhone, which might include some from Motorola.

Jha told the group that hes especially pleased with the Android platform, saying it is evolving today faster than any other ecosystem in wireless.”

The iPhone-to-Verizon rumors have heated up in the past couple of weeks (have they ever really cooled off since the iPhone debuted in 2007?) due to the announcement that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will deliver a keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the month most forecasters have been predicting as the time for a Verizon iPhone debut; a report about Apple ordering a ton of chipsets; and an SEC filing from AT&T that describes life without exclusivity agreements, among other reports.


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