Verizon seems to be backing away from its “anti-iPhone” Droid ads and preparing to offer the most popular smartphone when the AT&T exclusivity ends (whenever that is). Verizon has said it has been preparing its network for the increased traffic, though it seems to us that any smartphone success would generate additional traffic and thus the prep may not be linked explicitly to the iPhone. The comments might be coming because of Verizon’s long-standing jousting with AT&T, in fact.
Telling Apple that it’s ready for iPhone traffic can accentuate the fact that AT&T, which already has the iPhone, isn’t handling the traffic particularly well. Apple has another issue to consider — It can’t hope to enter the enterprise market as a serious competitor to BlackBerry if the iPhone isn’t available through Verizon. Most corporate accounts are managed out of Verizon’s geographic region.