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Handset exclusivity is a common practice by mobile cell phone carriers—so common, in fact, that most people may take it for granted. “Handset exclusivity” happens when mobile networks make exclusive, anti-competitive deals with device manufacturers. Think iPhone/AT&T (and now also Verizon), Droid/Verizon, and Palm Pre/Sprint.
“Handset exclusivity” hearkens back to the days when you had to rent your landline phone from the telephone companies. The practice severely limits consumer choice over devices and providers.
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Imagine if, instead, you could have any phone on any network. The competition this would create would inevitably lead to greater innovation, lower costs, and better data plans.