Sprint Embracing, Not Fighting, Place Shifting

from the does-somebody-understand? dept

While some mobile operators are convinced that companies need to get their permission before releasing services that can be used on their networks, it sounds like Sprint recognizes the value that place-shifting media services like Sling and Orb can add to its network. It's in talks with Sling about how to use and enhance the service for its customers, realizing that encouraging such services will make its network more attractive to consumers than those of its rivals who look to limit what people can do to services they've approved and from which they can profit. It's not wholly unprecedented from Sprint, which said a year ago it would give its DSL customers similar services from Orb Networks. At a time when so many telecommunications providers want to cut off content providers and make their networks less valuable, it's nice to see one recognizing that supporting the use of innovative services is a better way.
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    Scott, 25 May 2006 @ 11:41am

    Sprint doesn't get it.

    Sprint charges monthly fees to use aim
    monthly fees to use msn
    monthly fees to use yahoo
    monthly fees for each ringtone you download (you dont just pay once like everyone else)
    monthly fees to have wallpapers
    monthly fees for games
    monthly fees for any other apps
    monthly fee for internet access
    monthly fee to send or recieve picture mail
    etc etc etc...

    If i were to use all the features that I would like to use on my phone.. it would probably cost me $500 a month

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