Qualcomm Officially Drops Direct FLO TV
Oct 5, 2010, 3:45 PM by Philip Berne
After much speculation, Qualcomm today officially announced it was suspending direct consumer sales of its Media FLO TV service. The service is still available from Verizon Wireless and AT&T, and Qualcomm claims it has seen continued interest both in Media FLO and the wireless spectrum it occupies. Qualcomm will continue to support its Media FLO devices through Spring 2011, and should the service be discontinued early, the company will issue appropriate refunds.
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