For quite some time, mobile operators have been talking about how they want to get mobile connections in all sorts of consumer electronics as a way to grow their businesses. For instance, Verizon Wireless got a ton of press in November 2007 when it announced it was "opening"
its network -- but the pledge hasn't yet really delivered much
in the way of new devices or services. The Amazon Kindle remains about the only
moderately successful example of the concept in practice, though there have been a few other
products. The WSJ is reporting, though, that Sprint is still looking towards connected devices
as a big part of its future growth. The Kindle's data connection, supplied by Sprint's EV-DO network, works well both technically and in terms of its business model, which is invisible to the end user, so Sprint should have a decent idea of how the system can work. But if this market is really as promising as the operators have been saying for a few years now, it's time to get some more devices available to consumers.