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Rural Carrier Association: Verizon Offer Not Enough

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Jul 21, 2009, 1:37 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jul 21, 2009, 2:04 PM

The Rural Carrier Associate has responded to Verizon Wireless' offer to limit exclusive handset deals to just six months. It said, "While RCA is encouraged by Verizon Wireless' most recent exclusive handset proposal, the commitment does not go far enough to rectify the consumer and competitive harms caused by these agreements. More than 180 million of the nation's wireless customers are unable to benefit from the new policy." Verizon said it would hold onto new phones for only six months, after which carriers with fewer than 500,000 subscribers would be able to offer the handsets in question. The FCC is reviewing the practice of exclusive distribution agreements between handset makers and network operators.

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Jul 21, 2009, 10:44 PM

One Quick Question

I just have one quick question regarding this whole ordeal... but before my question I just want to say, I'm not involved in any part of the industry that deals with roaming agreements, marketing budgets, exclusivity agreements, etc... I'm simply a retail employee whose been working in the industry for 10 years now, and yes, currently with Verizon whom I'm very happy both as customer and employee.

My question... If the rural carriers have their way and there is NO exclusivity period, are they prepared to funnel matching funds of Verizon or AT&T or Sprint into the manufacturers hands to market, develop, and produce these devices?

If not? Where's the incentive for the major carriers to keep funding new handsets? What happens to the phon...
all excellent points
A little Bias at T-Mobile? You havent mentioned them at all. Hmm.
Part of what makes non-exclusivity such a big deal is that carriers shouldn't be advertising handsets anymore. They will be forced to compete by leveraging their networks and pricing structures.

Part of the huge shift with non-exclusivity is that ...
flip mode

Jul 21, 2009, 2:55 PM


I've always rooted for the underdog, so to hear that the smaller carriers are suffering like this is no surprise and sickens me. Companies like vzw, at&t and even walmart are whats ruining this beautiful country and the economy. These corporate giants could care less about who they step on and will go to any length to get their way like a 3 year old brat. I just wish that american people stand up and say enough is enough, we're tired of corporations screwing over the consumer and the little guys that are business owners. REAL regulations and enforced laws need to be put in place for both prices and business practices.
Also I want to add that another part of the problem is that these large companies are very ANTI-COMPETITIVE, So it's not the people that can never get enough...its the companies like some large telecom carriers, large stores chains, major insurance co...
I don't know. I am very on the fence here.

On 1 side, what verizon is doing is, proper business adequacies. Yet on the other hand, they don't have to do anything like this.

See, they are already doing something, they are letting those smaller fr...

Jul 21, 2009, 2:51 PM


are people NEVER satisfied?
No, because if you do something one way, they will complain they want it the other way. Some people are only happy when they make other as unhappy as they are. How else do you think Obama got elected?
Actually, the answer to that question must be no. Not because we are never satisfied but because we are hardly every completely satisfied. Usually when we demand something, its because our back has hit the wall. We cant take it anymore and we push for...
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