Verizon Wireless CEO: We don’t need the iPad — yet

May 14, 2010

Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdams kindly spent some time with us this afternoon and spoke at length about the future of LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G high speed Internet from the No.1 U.S. wireless phone company.

Asked if there was “any hope” that Verizon would have the iPad anytime soon, McAdams laughed:

Any Hope!? Any Hope!?

For McAdams tablets will be a big part of Verizon’s offering in the second half of 2010 with Android-based tablets from the usual suspects including Motorola, LG and Samsung.

Asked again if Verizon would do an iPad deal, McAdams said there was “no reason” they couldn’t do a deal, but then didn’t share the reason why they haven’t done one until now.

Of course, the background to this is the market-defining success AT&T has had with both the iPhone and the iPad 3G. Yet the Verizon Wireless chief is confident the future of this market is bigger than Apple.

I don’t believe the iPad is a game-changer but I do believe LTE is a game-changer.

McAdams was more keen to talk about Verizon’s future as a market leader in delivering faster and  wireless bandwidth with its  4G wireless service to launch next year.

What we’ve seen in labs is the ability to download a full 2-hour HD movie in 57 seconds.

This raised the question as to whether Verizon Wireless is having talks with program-makers to offer its own package of shows over the new 4G services?

It’s technically possible but I don’t think the media companies are ready for that yet.

Rights issues. It’s those darn rights issues.

(Photo: Reuters)

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