Sprint CEO: Exclusive Contracts Important for Wireless
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse recently made some comments about several things going on in the wireless industry. Regarding exclusive distribution agreements between network operators and handset makers, Hesse noted that the deals are important for promoting innovation in the wireless industry. He said of the FCC's investigation of the practice, "The legitimate question is how long the exclusivity periods need to be. It's a fair question." Hesse wouldn't comment on reports that Deutsche Telekom is pursuing Sprint as an acquisition target, but said of industry consolidation, "I don't know if its going to happen or if it's necessary. It's a healthy, growing industry with growth potential."
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Sprint to Cease Offering Contracts By Year's End
Sprint will soon stop asking customers to sign two-year contracts when purchasing new phones, says the Wall Street Journal. The change coincides with moves made by its competitors, including T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.
Ummm....Not so fast Dan
A great example of this, is the iphone. Here is a device that innovated a new interface and design that no one has seen before ...
Unfortunately, unless it's somehow made illegal, it's unlikely that many will sacrifice immediate profit for future innovations.
We need them to allo...
Still, I don't think it should be an indefinite thing. At some point, I think manufacturers should have the ability to venture off to other carriers with the same design or at least slightly modified...
I've only gotten into wireless within the past three years, but I feel like (broken record) that certain phones like t...