Posts Tagged ‘Exclusivity Agreements’

Expert Opinion: How to Bring More Handsets to More Carriers

Broadband's Impact, Congress, Expert Opinion, FCC, Mobile Broadband, Public Safety, Spectrum, Wireless March 15th, 2011

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 – Despite fanfare regarding the end of exclusivity for the Apple iPhone with the launch of a CDMA version, the reality is that many carriers are still unable to attain certain devices. While the majority of current subscribers now have access to the once-exclusive iPhone, because AT&T and Verizon have been allowed to create a duopoly in the wireless industry, from a competition standpoint, AT&T and Verizon are the only two carriers with access to the device. Translation: Less than 2 percent of domestic wireless carriers have access to one of the nation’s most coveted devices.

Just as the iPhone is not the only smartphone on the market, it is also not the only device that is unavailable to consumers. Due to exclusive handset arrangements, consumers are left to choose between robust coverage where they live or the latest hot device they desire.

Broadband Breakfast Club Discusses How To Bring More Handsets to More Wireless Carriers

Broadband TV, Wireless February 22nd, 2011

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2011 – After Apple recently broke its exclusivity agreement with AT&T and brought the iPhone to Verizon, our panel discusses whether consumers suffer from a lack of choice in handsets between carriers what effects that may have on the wireless marketplace. Additionally, the panel explores the implications of exclusivity agreements on the consumer and the law and debates the future of these agreements.

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