Verizon to shorten exclusivity deals on handsets

Verizon to shorten exclusivity deals on handsets
In a written letter to lawmakers, Verizon Wireless today agreed to shorten the time that it holds exclusivity deals on certain handsets. Big Red wrote that it will change the agreements the carrier has with manufacturers so that carriers with less than 500,000 customers can offer these "locked-up" models after 6 months.

Verizon and other carriers have been under pressure from lawmakers to end exclusivity deals like the one that the company has with RIM to sell the BlackBerry Storm in the U.S. and the arrangement between Apple and AT&T for Stateside sales of the iPhone.

source: WSJ Tech Alert (via email)

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