Are you ready for some football -- in your pocket?
It's not quite the full-blast treatment you'd get from a DirecTV
A spokesman for Verizon explained that existing smartphones like the Research In Motion
Though Verizon snuck in some mention of coming 4G network upgrades, it's clear that the mobile phone market is becoming more and more commoditized. Both networks and handsets are reaching a level of quality and features where you'd probably be pretty happy with any of the major networks and one of their phones. That's why unique content deals like this one are becoming an important part of the service providers' strategic plans -- you can't go to AT&T
Expect more of these exclusive content announcements in the future. Verizon smartly grabbed the king of exclusive entertainment right away, but we're still in the first quarter of this market game and there are many plays left.
There are lots of football fanatics out there listening to Verizon's siren song. Will they jump ship to Verizon in enough numbers to make a difference? Discuss in the comments section below.
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