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While rumors will certainly continue to flare up over the next month as to whether or not Verizon will see an iPhone, the company feels that they can already handle an increase in the data traffic, according to MacDailyNews.
"Verizon Wireless has even made upgrades that would make its network more capable of handling extra traffic that would be generated by the iPhone," said Anthony Melone, Verizon Wireless' Chief Technology Officer in an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported on by Spencer Ante.
"'We have put things in place already,' Melone continued. 'We are prepared to support that traffic.' Melone feels that Verizon's equipment would do a better job taking on the heavy data demands of iPhone users. 'Absolutely, I think we could handle it,' he says."
"Melone didn't address the prospect of landing a deal to carry the iPhone, though Verizon Wireless officials have in the past said they occasionally discuss partnerships with Apple executives," Ante reported. "Earlier this year, the companies were considering releasing iPhone-like devices that would run on the Verizon Wireless Network, people familiar with the matter said."
In fairness, as Ante points out, the iPhone has put a heavy strain on AT&T's network at the same time. "In the two years since the iPhone's debut, data traffic on AT&T's network has soared 5,000%."
Melone says Verizon is ready if they should ever seal the deal with Apple. "'We will handle it if we ever get it,' says Melone."