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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38 Comments

1. CODYPHOBIA

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 21, 2008

Give me a break

2. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

talk about being anal-retentive. 6 months could be january...and anyways he said like the palm pre, it could be another webos phone.

3. Keepin_Real

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 22, 2009

That's what I thought, through the end of 2009. That's what I read all along. That puts the Pre past 6 months, about 7 months. Now my question is can Palm start the production on the VZW & AT&T Pre now even though Sprint's exclusive deal has not ended?

4. metalpoet unregistered

haha its a war!

5. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Sprint is being lame......

6. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

LOL... all these comments bout sprint being lame or gay are amusing and stupid to me. Can you blame Sprint for trying to have an exclusive phone for a couple of months? All Sprints phones right now you will be able to find them on almost ever other carrier. If you take a look at all the carriers phones you will see that sprint only has one exclusive phone the "Instinct" that was a hot seller. On the other hand Verizon has about 70% of their phones all to them selfs... and lets not mention AT&T and their phones which have made them stand out from everyone else. I know some people on Verizon and AT&T are dying to get their hands on the Pre and i wouldn't blame them but, i think Sprint should carry the Pre first to make them stand out from the rest and have a phone that "ONLY" belongs to them. Everyone in here that says Sprint is being stupid for trying to keep their exclusive deal to the end of the year have no rights to talk because i don't see the iphone on sprint....or the storm...or the blackberry bold.. or the envy....and you get the the point. I hope this works out for sprint cause everyone knows they need something to keep them up on top with all the other carriers and this just might do it.

8. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

...True every carrier had their share...It's SPRINT time now !!!

9. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Me saying Sprint is being lame, I meant that by they're blowing something small out of proportion, that's all; I really don't care how long Sprint has the Pre because I don't want the Pre, and I really don't care which carrier has which phone....

28. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

No...I really dont think so....

7. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I agree with phoneUser. Let sprint have an exclusivity deal for a change. If palm really thought that Sprint was going to be massively successful with the pre, they would have let sprint keep the exlusive-ness forever, not just through 2009. Palm will benefit from the hype when it is eventually opened up to VZW and AT&T as combined they probably have a little more than 4 times the sprint customer base. Let sprint get something...

10. acipollo

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Oops.

11. acipollo

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Verizon users can have fun paying the extra 29.99 for smart phone data plans and still not have GPS or TV included.. I normally don't like to bash another carrier, but Verizon's "extra" services are just no FUN, and the few that they have, you pay EXTRA for...

13. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Well, I'll agree with your sentiment, acipollo. But some smartphones actually do have unlocked GPS... This was actually brought about from customers getting upset with the fact that they were restricted to ONLY verizons GPS service. So now there are smartphones out in their lineup that have the ability to use outside GPS programs (not all smartphones mind you, but the list is growing). Also, I am one of those Verizon customers who is eager to see the Pre, and dying for the day it comes to Verizon! But to tell you the truth, I was comparing prices for the plans for the voice and data stuff that comes with the phone, and know what? There's actually about $5.00 differencel! I know it seems like Sprint customers are paying a lot less, but in most cases, they're not paying less by THAT much. We're paying about the same on our monthly bills. And I think it's kind of worth it for the amount of coverage that I can get. Though I DO look forward to the day when texting pictures and messages are unlimited and comes with every smartphone/pda/blackberry plan. Personally, I think those who are saying that Sprint is being stupid or whatever it is they're calling Sprint for this press release, it's coming from the same source as why someone would think the New York Mets are better than the New York Yankees ( I think the Mets are better by the way). Concerning the actual Pre device, people are simply jealous, in my humble opinion. HOWEVER, as for the networks, I do, think Verizon is better, only because it has a more expansive network, thus better coverage, in the U.S. than Sprint and for those who are travelers for leisure or business, Verizon has about twice the amount of countries that maintain roaming agreements whether on CDMA or even GSM! Also Verizon has agreements to reach out to people on Cruise ships, apparently! But I will say, this topic makes for lively debate!

14. PL007

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 09, 2009

I hear what acipollo is say. I know if you comepare VZW, AT&T, T-MO and Sprint for PDA bundle plans you might not be too far off in price. For me, For me, I looked at what was included in the price. I like the fact that Sprint throws in more perks that would cost me extra on any other carrier. That is why I am leaning towards Sprint. That and I like the Pre as well. Throw all that I just mentioned on Sprint and well that's great for me.

16. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

Verizon's prices are nowhere Sprint's and you know it, $5, yeah right. This guy must only be factoring in messaging but not includung nav, and entertainment (which can't be done on thier smartphones)

23. acipollo

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Well, as a Sprint customer on the Unlimited Everything plan, I save a minimum of 30 over Verizon's.. Maybe more, because their Unlimited 99 plan for VZ doesn't not include text and pic, and the 29 smart phone plan is for data only.. Then their music downloads are 1.99 compared to Sprints .99, And still no TV for Verizon, even if you can get the GPS unlocked, they are never as good as the built in one.. At my job, we can use both... So I've tried every phone either one has to offer for my job... And yes, you are right about coverage, BUT, anywhere VZ work, so will Sprint, because Sprint will use their network if they don't have overage... And Sprint works on Cruise ships, and I've traveled all over Europe, etc, and never had a problem when I use my 8830.. But really, out of what, 70 million VZ subscribers, how many need to worry about International Roaming agreements?? And in Canada, VZ kills you with their roaming rate, Sprints is about half and that's without the $4 International roaming plan.. Ouch, that's the most typing I've done all year.. :)

24. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

it depends on what part of canada you go to. i go to toronto and montreal all the time and there are no roaming charges mainly because it so close to the US. oh and we have roughly 83 Million subscribers not 70.

32. Scrote1058

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

You cant do nav on a Verizon Smart Phone? Well if thats what you meant by this comment then you are an idiot. I have a curve with nav my buddy has the storm with nav. So you are way off base with that remark learn somethings if you are going to write a website dedicated to phones.

33. Scrote1058

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

You two are an idiot because Sprint does not roam off of verizons towers everytime they dont get service they do to a certain percentage but not all the time. I know this becuase My roommate has sprint and my phone has worked in way more places then his. Soooo if sprint goes off verizon why does mine work and his does not. Also verizon does offer live TV so what are you even talking about. I will not go into the rest of your paragraph of whats wrong with it.. I am happy thats the most you have typed in a long time because you wasted your time typing a bunch shit that is not accurate

35. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i hate donlouie's comments. they make no sense. on my storm i have vz nav, bb maps, and google as gps...and define entertainment? you pay for what you get for imo..

12. phkhmh42

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

Who cares Sprint is a dying company just like Palm. It looks like they are both making a last hail mary pass to see if they can keep there heads above water. May they both rest in peace as far as I'm concerned

15. PhoneUser

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Man this comment up here just gets old every time someone says it. I just got one question have you heard of either Sprint or Palm filing for bankruptcy? If you haven't then why would you say they are a dying company? If you have PLEASE post it up here for everyone to see it, i would LOVE to read that article.

17. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

Your funny you should be a comedian lol....palm is def in danger of folding but sprint still is pumping. Have they been struggling yes for some years but they still have a pretty descent amount of customers. Lets look at the bigger picture...sprint is its own entity, verizon wireless is owned by vodafone and at&t has been around for a long time. Im sure if sprint had a bigger brother they would be quite alright. To reply to CHUMPUM response sprints plans blow Verizons out...i work for Verizon and it would cost me about 60 plus dollars to get what i get for Sprint. As far as the article alot of customers are with at&t cause of the iphone alot of customers are with verizon cause of the bb storm. Of course those are not the only reasons why both of them have alot of customers but it is intringuing to have an exclusive phone. This will be Sprints first and i hope they resign the rights and keep it. Everyone that says the Pre is overhyped and its going to flop lol.....thats funny cause the Ceo of at&t and verizon obviously dont think so and are trying with everything they got to get it 6 months in advance. So all at&t fanboys and Verizon fanboys dont have anything to say about it no more. The End lmao

18. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

my begining staement was to phkmh42 not you phoneuser i agree with you

25. dboy08

Posts: 16; Member since: May 06, 2009

well put.... suckerz!!!!

29. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Its dying because its shrinking...so is Palm....Verizon, the largest provider doesnt even carry palm anymore...for the last year palm is releasing...the Pre...

34. Scrote1058

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

WOW sprint is still pumping? they lost millions of $ last quarter and have been consistently losing hundreds of thousands of customers every single month. How do you sell phones for Verizon and not know anything about other carriers. You are probably terrible at your job and the only way you sell is by commiting fraud

36. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

Ha ha your a funny guy...I know that about sprint you idiot. But i here so many companies folding and and going completely out of business sprint isnt one. Oh by the way im one of the best you on the other hand probably wash my toilets for me. Keep scrubbing hard so you can feed your family.

19. allboutverizon

Posts: 66; Member since: May 20, 2009

I hope everyone realizes Verizon never said they would have the Pre, they said they would offer Pre Like Devices. So I don't know what Sprint is crying about.

26. craggie4ever

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 24, 2009

Uh....no Verizon did say it will have the pre! stupid liars

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