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For Apple, AT&T Is The Company You Sleep With, Verizon Is The Company You Marry

Have you heard the news? The Verizon iPhone is coming. Today, Fortune has the 15th or so confirmation that the device will launch in early 2011. There's way too much smoke now for there not to be a fire. But even more interesting than that tidbit is Fortune's interview with Ivan Seidenberg, the CEO of Verizon. He wouldn't speak directly about a Verizon iPhone launch, but he still had plenty to say about the device, and Apple's CEO Steve Jobs. The most interesting thing he had to say was the last bit about the iPhone in the piece: According to Seidenberg, Jobs told him during a December 2009 meeting, "Decisions you made [at Verizon] are decisions we would make at Apple." That sounds like it's Jobs more or less saying that he respects Verizon because they stood up to him. They wouldn't compromise on their vision.
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