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.
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.
GameStop Buys More than 500 AT&T Retail Stores
GameStop today said it has finalized the acquisition of three AT&T retailers, giving it some 507 authorized AT&T shops. The company completed its purchase of Cellular World Corp., Midwest Cellular, Inc., and Red Skye Wireless, Inc.
Cricket Expands Retail Footprint to 1,000 Best Buy Stores
Cricket Wireless today said Best Buy has agreed to sell the prepaid carrier's phones and services at some 1,000 stores around the country. The ZTE Fanfare and HTC Desire 625 are available from Best Buy's web site starting today, and will reach Best Buy's retail stores over the next few weeks.
Now the big question is...
Where would an indie get the paperwork for such a proposition?