Maybe Verizon Doesn't Need the iPhone? Company steadily increasing market share with Droids By Steve Vivian, Newser User Posted Jul 15, 2010 9:28 AM CDT Promoted on Newser Jul 15, 2010 12:37 PM CDT 6 comments Comments A June 7 file photo of Steve Jobs with the iPhone 4. (AP) (User Submitted) – Even without the iPhone on its network, Verizon has steadily improved its share of the smartphone market, increasing from 20% to 26% since 2008. During the same period, AT&T's smartphone market share has dropped from 45% to 40%, reports the New York Times. Both companies remain publicly professional and mum as to the potential of a Verizon-iPhone union, and only the mercurial Mr. Jobs probably knows for sure. While they strategize and negotiate, a little software company called Google has steadily marched its mobile operating system market share up to 13% of the smartphone market. Apple and RIM stand at 24% and 42%, respectively. Fortunately, growth in the sector continues to keep George Lucas out of destitution—his Lucasfilm company licensed the word Droid to Motorola for its Android phone. Read the full article.