We'd be willing to guess that the surprising goodwill exhibited in Verizon's latest move is nothing more than a PR stunt, but at any rate, rural carriers aren't impressed as of yet. Verizon, specifically targeting the 25-member Associated Carrier Group, went on the record a short time ago saying that it has offered to cut the exclusivity period of its Samsung and LG devices down to six months for rural carriers that want to launch the same devices. The problem? In the wireless industry (or any field related to technology, for that matter), six months is an eternity. By the time a rural carrier - let's say Bluegrass Cellular - decides to launch a device, network tweaking and testing puts a potential launch date well past six months.
We're not going to go as far as to say that the move wasn't a kind one, but we would recommend a drop to, let's say, three months if Big Red wanted to truly be generous. Six months is quite a long time in wireless.Source: Engadget Mobile