Sprint replies to McAdam's Pre-mature announcement

Sprint replies to McAdam's Pre-mature announcement
The gloves are off between Sprint and Verizon Wireless. As we reported yesterday, Big Red's CEO, Lowell McAdam, came straight out and said that his firm would be offering devices like the Pre and the BlackBerry Storm 2 within 6 months. The problem with this statement is that it had been believed that the pin drop network had the exclusive U.S. rights to offer the Pre from the June 6th launch until the end of this year. On the other hand, 6 months from yesterday would be November 28th, which means somebody made a boo boo.

This morning, Sprint killed two birds with one curt comment. According to the WSJ's Smart Money, carrier spokesman James Fisher said this morning, "We have the Pre through 2009." That statement now confirms the length of the exclusivity period for the networker and at the same time, it tells Verizon to keep its hands off Palm's smartphone until 2010.

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source: WSJ Smart Money

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