Verizon's Phones Won't Even Comment on the iPhone Rumors

Verizon Wireless is showcasing a lot of fancy new products at CES in Las Vegas this week, but all executives have refused to comment on any rumors that the company will soon be supporting the iPhone. When handed a demo unit of the new Samsung LTE Android, All Things Digital's Ina Fried wasn't even able to access a Google search for the Verizon iPhone.

Verizon has lots of practice carefully avoiding all mention of the iPhone or Apple, unless referring to a fruit grown in Washington.

I tried asking Chief Marketing Officer Marni Walden whether Verizon's network will be strong enough to handle a crush of data demand from the iPhone, but she saw right through me.

"I obviously won't comment on iPhone at all-rumor and speculation here," she said. That said, she noted that the company has spent $65 billion over the last 10 years on its network to make sure that any device can run smoothly on its network.

OK, I said, but you know the company's full roadmap for the year-are you sure that your network will be able to handle all those devices including perhaps some unannounced ones.

"I am confident we have built a network and invested in a network that will continue to provide customers with the best possible experience," Walden said.

So there you have it. Well, as much of "it" as you are going to get.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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