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Issue #2003 - 21 (July 2003)
(Updated July 17, 2003)


Popularity of Exclusive P2T Technology Forces Motorola Sell it to Competition

At times vendors develop exclusive technology for certain customers. But if it becomes too successful, they may find ways to end exclusivity and sell a variation to others. 

Such is the case with the exclusive arrangement between Nextel and Motorola that has lasted almost a decade. The two companies worked together to develop and launch Nextel's Direct Connect push-to-talk (P2T) service with Motorola acting as the carrier's only phone supplier and network equipment vendor.

Now the customers are asking other carriers to provide a similar Push To talk technology. Verizon Wireless plan to launch P2T in the next few months. Motorola plans to sell push-to-talk phones and other technologies to them, ending the exclusive nature of its relationship with Nextel. Meanwhile, Nextelitself is investigating other technologies from vendors other than Motorola as the carrier plans its transition to a next-generation wireless network. 

Source: Washington Post

For more information: http://lists.fiercemarkets.com/c.html?s=69l,2ysa,8mg,9fmq,2u79,142h,fjkb

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: This had to open. Nextel will continue to enjoy thebenefit of first entry into P2T technology.

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