Verizon’s PR team is hitting AT&T while they are down as Verizon’s CTO, Anthony Melone , is saying that they are “capable of handling extra traffic that would be generated by the iPhone”…

“We have put things in place already,” Melone tells Bloomberg BusinessWeek. “We are prepared to support that traffic.”

And another winner:

Melone says the company is ready for the deluge should Verizon Wireless land a deal with Apple for the iPhone. “We will handle it if we ever get it,” says Melone.

Yep. That’s it.  Nothing like “we’re working on Visual Voicemail” or “Apple is answering our calls”.   

Let’s just say we aren’t convinced that the iPhone will be heading to Verizon (as much as we might wish it so).

Remember, it isn’t just vagueness here.  Businessweek is behind such famous stories as this one from April:


Verizon Wireless is in talks with Apple to distribute two new iPhone-like devices, BusinessWeek has learned. Apple has created prototypes of the devices, and discussions reaching back a half-year have involved Apple CEO Steve Jobs, according to two people familiar with the matter.

One device is a smaller, less expensive calling device described by a person who has seen it as an “iPhone lite.” The other is a media pad that would let users listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos, the person says. It would place calls over a Wi-Fi connection. One of these devices may be introduced as early as this summer, one person says.

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