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AT&T agrees to provide unlocks for all devices minus iPhone

May 24th, 2010

Thanks to a settlement of a pre-trial class action lawsuit, AT&T today agreed that it will provide unlocks to pre- and post-paid customers provided a specific set of criteria are met. Pre-paid customers must provide proof of purchase of their locked handset, while post-paid subscribers are required to have their accounts in good standing and have …

Vodafone to have Storm2 exclusivity for only “a few weeks”

October 15th, 2009

With the BlackBerry Storm2 getting nice and official over night, we here at BGR thought that it would be nice for us to take a moment and focus on just what its launch means for our loyal readers that aren’t living in The New World. Earlier this week, UK-based The Guardian proclaimed that the Storm2 …

Vodafone to get the iPhone in the UK and Ireland

September 29th, 2009

The walls of exclusivity are crumbling in the UK. Less than 24 hours after Orange UK announced that it will be getting the iPhone, Vodafone UK and Vodafone Ireland have jumped on the Apple bandwagon as well. Voda’s “coming soon” pages are now live for the iPhone 3GS and interested parties can sign up for …

Orange UK announces it too will be carrying the iPhone this year

September 28th, 2009

It looks like some of the oft talked about and much maligned iPhone exclusivity deals are finally starting to fizzle out — Orange UK has announced that it will be offering both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS to its customers “later this year.” As it currently stands, O2 has the sole rights to sell …

Verizon Wireless deflects heat by shortening exclusivity terms, sort of

July 17th, 2009

Take that, FCC. Just as big brother starts to turn up the heat and examine wireless carrier exclusivity deals more thoroughly, Verizon Wireless has announced a new policy. Moving forward, any device Verizon negotiates exclusivity for will be a VZW exclusive for no more than six months — at least where carriers with less than …

O2, Movistar to have exclusive rights to the Palm Pre in Europe

July 7th, 2009

It wasn’t exactly a surprise but it looks like there’s finally some good news to report for Pre hopefuls across the pond. That news: O2 and Movistar have been announced as the exclusive European carriers for the Palm Pre. To be available in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain before the year is through, pretty …

Sprint: Pre on Verizon in six months? Nope.

June 5th, 2009

The back and forth continues. Following Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam’s comment that the Pre would be hitting VZW shelves “over the next six months or so”, Sprint issued a brief official statement confirming that its Pre exclusivity runs through the end of 2009, at least. While specifics of the exclusivity deal remain a mystery …