Sprint keeping exclusivity on phones?

I was just reading this article below, and from what Elliot Noss (President and CEO of Tucows) is saying, Sprint is placing restrictions on what phones Ting is allowed to sell.  I also wonder what is going to happen to EVO 4G LTE because of this "exclusivity" period that Noss talks about.  Now that the Galaxy Nexus has been banned, I guess my only hope is that the EVO makes it by at least September.  I wonder how long Sprint's "exclusivity" period is going to last for the GSIII as well.  Also, interesting to read that there is another MVNO (T-Mobile) called GM Nation popping up, $33 for 250 mins and 2GB doesn't sound like a bad deal either.  They also seem to be offering BYOD SIMS and will sell you any unlocked GSM device that would work.  MVNO's seem to be the way to go these days.  Forget contracts!

http://gigaom.com/mobile/why-are-mvnos-so-hot-right-now-thank-the-carriers/

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  • Sprint has banned Ting from getting the Galaxy Nexus?

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  • I think they are referring to the ban on the sale of the Nexus from any carrier because of the patent situation brought on by the company that believes a lawsuit a day keeps the competition away.

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  • Ah yes. The Apple vs. Samsung patent debacle. I wonder if Apple always pursues an injunction in patent disputes rather than, say, licensing?

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  • Ok, good. So now I know the vernacular. What is the exclusivity period on the galaxy nexus and the nexus s 4g? The NS4G may be older tech but it's still being updated by google and is perfectly viable option for those that don't care so much about specs but just want a decent phone with latest version of android.

    As for the ban, google will continue sales of the galaxy nexus once it issues a software patch to make the lawyers stop crying about patents.

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  • Because the Galaxy Nexus is an LTE device, we can not offer it until the LTE deployment / launch is complete. We have had some demand for it, and we are woking on being able to get it. The Nexus S 4g is no longer available. 

    Hope that helps, and thanks for taking the time to write!

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  • ^^Sprint announced they are launching LTE on July 15th, but just in 5 cities.  Will you be able to get phones after that?

    http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2319

    I don't think their deployment will ever be complete.  San Francisco won't be finished until July 2013 it seems.

    http://s4gru.com/index.php?/topic/212-network-visionlte-deployment-running-list/

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  • Considering many areas never got Sprint's 4G WiMax, I agree that their buildout may never be complete. That could possibly leave Ting with many LTE markets, but no LTE phone to offer them.

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  • There is some work independent of the actual deployment of LTE that we have to do (billing and activation related), however I do not expect that to be too onerous. 

    I know Sprint are pretty motivated to deploy LTE as it gives them a LOT of operational efficiencies, but it is a big, complex job.

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  • Scott,

    I was mainly responging to your comment where you said that Ting cannot offer an LTE device until the LTE Deployment / launch is *complete. *

    To me, at least, that comment implies that if Sprint's deployment is never declared complete, Ting would never get LTE devices.

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  • Ahhh, fair enough, not the case. We shall offer support for LTE service and offer LTE devices in the near term.

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  • Fair enough, Scott. We still looking at a September time frame for a ting galaxy nexus?

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  • Does Ting buy phones directly from Samgung/HTC/LG etc...or do you guys have to get them through Sprint?

    It seems kind of strange that even a simple flip phone like the (Samsung M370) can't be obtained very quickly.

    On the flip side, I guess if Ting always got the latest hardware, people would just dump Sprint ASAP.

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  • I am waiting for more info on the Galaxy Nexus and will include what I have in the device update.

    The lack of availability for the Samsung M370 is very much an exceptional circumstance that I would not expect to re-occur frequently.  

    Iconic devices (high end, not flip phones) often have a slight delay after launching at retail before being made available to us. As previously noted, the launch of LTE has created additional stress on the whole device ecosystem.

    Thanks for writing! 

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