Largest Phone Distributor Begins Selling Phones Itself
Dec 12, 2005, 5:39 PM by (staff)
Brightpoint, the nation's largest mobile phone distributor, is set to launch a chain of mobile phone stores. The distributor has opened their first Fono Wireless store outside of Indianapolis, and will license the brand to retailers who want to own and operate their own Fono stores. Brightpoint will leverage their strength as a distributor to set up these stores, which sets the company up to compete with their own customers - wireless retailers. In addition to selling cellular phones and service, Fono will sell additional wireless services like Vonage phone service and Sirius satellite radio.
MetroPCS to Sell the iPhone
T-Mobile's prepaid brand, MetroPCS, today said it will soon sell the entire range of iPhones from Apple. MetroPCS plans to kick off iPhone sales at select stores in Florida on July 1, but will expand to all stores around the nation soon.
GameStop Becomes Cricket's Biggest Retail Distributor
Cricket Wireless today said it has expanded its retail footprint to a total of 3,400 GameStop stores around the country, making the gaming shop Cricket's biggest distributor. Cricket first began selling its devices and service at GameStop in late 2014.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
Best Buy to Shutter 250 Mobile-Focused Stores
Best Buy will close 250 of its small store stores, which are mostly located in malls and focus on selling mobile devices. "The mobile phone business has matured, margins have compressed and the cost of operations in our mobile standalone stores is higher than in our big box stores," said Best Buy in a memo seen by Reuters.
Now the big question is...
Where would an indie get the paperwork for such a proposition?