In remarks on Tuesday, Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg quelled speculation of a possible merger between his company and Verizon Wireless joint venture partner Vodafone, while confirming that Verizon Wireless would be “open” to carrying the Apple iPhone, which is currently offered to U.S. customers exclusively through AT&T. At a New York conference hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, Seidenberg addressed recent speculation of Verizon’s plan to pursue a merger with Vodafone—the global wireless giant based in Great Britain—or a buyout of Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless. Whi k le confirming that Verizon and Vodafone are continuing to evaluate their options for the Verizon Wireless partnership, Seidenberg admitted, “a merger doesn’t seem to have a lot of appeal.” Citing the difficulties of achieving economies of scale and the current trend of telecom firms worldwide joining their fixed and mobile telephony businesses, Seidenberg added: “this notion of a global wireless-only carrier is no longer the preferred model.” With respect to reports that a CDMA version of the iPhone is being developed for use on the Verizon Wireless network, Seidenberg noted that Verizon is interested in carrying the iPhone, especially after Verizon begins commercial service on its fourth-generation Long Term Evolution network later this year. Seidenberg stressed, however, that “it’s [Apple’s] call” as to when that will happen. Seidenberg also voiced support for the National Broadband Plan (NBP) that was unveiled last month by the FCC, although he warned that the NBP could result in regulatory “overreach” that could stifle private investment. As such, Seidenberg cautioned: “we have to be careful that well-intentioned policies don’t become burdensome rules and regulations.”