Topics Mobile Tech News Sunday, April 21


Contact us

Site search:
complete archives list

Site Sponsors:

Don't forget AT&T and Verizon promo codes at to save money.

Giants Control Handset Market, Says Lawsuit
Posted: 23-Apr-2002 [Source: Newsbytes]

[Complaint alleges operators offer handsets primarily from major manufacturers along with contracts that say how those handsets are programmed, priced and distributed.]

by Brian Krebs, Washington, D.C. -- "The four largest wireless carriers have near total control over the U.S. handheld phone market, and consumers are being forced to buy phones solely from companies favored by the major carriers, according to a class-action antitrust lawsuit filed this month.

In a complaint entered on behalf of New York area cell phone customers, the Wireless Consumers Alliance accuses Verizon Wireless, Sprint PCS, AT&T Wireless and Voicestream Wireless of leaving consumers stuck with phones produced by a handful of manufacturers.

The lawsuit seeks to end a common industry practice of requiring subscribers to buy mobile phones solely from their carrier or an authorized reseller - such as Radio Shack or Best Buy - as a condition of obtaining wireless service.

The consumer group alleges that the major wireless carriers buy between 80 percent to 90 percent of all handsets from a few major manufacturers, and have used the exclusive contracts to dictate how their phones are programmed, priced and distributed.

That development has helped to crush third-party phone makers and limit the development of new technologies, the group claims."


Back to Headlines...

Apple Watch Apple Watch

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Amazon Fire Amazon Fire

Samsung Z - Tizen Samsung Z - Tizen


HTC One mini 2 HTC One mini 2

OnePlus One OnePlus One

HTC One (M8) HTC One (M8)

Samsung Gear 2 Tizen Watch Samsung Gear 2 Tizen Watch

HP VoiceTab HP VoiceTab

T200 octa-core T200 octa-core

Nokia 2520 Tablet Nokia 2520 Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Round Samsung Galaxy Round

BlackBerry Z30 BlackBerry Z30

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

Samsung Galaxy Mega Samsung Galaxy Mega

Sony SmartWatch 2 Sony SmartWatch 2

iOS 7 iOS 7

Jolla Jolla

BlackBerry Z10 BlackBerry Z10

Galaxy S 4 Galaxy S 4

Galaxy Note 8.0 Galaxy Note 8.0

Ubuntu on Tablets Ubuntu on Tablets

LG Optimus G Pro L-04E LG Optimus G Pro L-04E

Firefox OS Firefox OS

Sony Zperia Z Sony Zperia Z


Valid HTML 4.1!

RSS © 1999-2019 Traques LLC
All times recorded in UTC