The original plan was to max out exclusivity periods at six months for Samsung and LG products
, but now, Verizon's offering an even larger olive branch to small carriers, saying that it'll limit exclusivity to half a year for "all devices." Straight-up competitors like Sprint certainly won't be reaping any benefit from this, but the little guys -- carriers with 500,000 or fewer subscribers -- will now be able to pick up the same hardware Verizon has after the six-month cooling off period has elapsed. Though it seems like a genuinely good-hearted measure, the move is undoubtedly designed to get the FCC and Congress to cool off, both of which have been taking a keen look into potentially practices by some of the nation's largest carriers -- AT&T and Verizon in particular. But hey, either way, if this means faster Wireless Coupe
launches across the country, we're all for it.
[Via Phone Scoop
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