Motorola CEO seems worried about the iPhone coming to Verizon

Mon, Dec 6, 2010


While speaking at the Credit Suisse conference last Wednesday, Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha strongly hinted that not only was the iPhone coming to Verizon in 2011, but that Motorola would be affected finacially as a result.

There’s no denying that Motorola has experienced a resurgence as of late, largely thanks to Android, and while Jha still sees bright things ahead for Motorola, he did caution that there would be a new “competitive dynamic” at Verizion in 2011 that might have adverse consequences for Motorola’s bottom line.

Hmm, whatever could he be referring too. Still, it remains unclear if Jha is privy to any inside knowledge of if he’s merely reading the Apple rumor blogs like everybody else.

Jha’s company would primarily steel itself against any Verizon iPhone by diversifying the range of smartphones it has and by continuing to focus on high-end phones in the US as well as mid-range phones in other countries. Success with phones like the Droid X have helped Motorola return to shipment increases after years of watching its numbers bleed.

Motorola may be particularly prone to the iPhone landing on Verizon as the nation’s largest carrier has thus far been able to devote a good bulk of its resources towards promoting premium Android devices like the Motorola Droid and Droid X. Once the iPhone comes to the party, Verizon might be looking for a new dance partner.

As for Motorola’s product roadmap, Jha said that Motorola will continue to focus on mid to top-tier smartphones and that they plan on having 4G smartphones on the market by 2011.

You can check out Jha’s full keynote over here.


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