Sprint may be North America’s third largest carrier, but it has been losing millions of mobile subscribers in the last couple of years.
So in order to counteract the effect of the losses, Sprint now tries to go beyond cell phones and offer wireless services to various makers of consumer products.
Needless to say, Garmin’s GPS navigation systems and Kodak’s digital cameras would be more attractive to customers if they featured wireless access to the Web.
As for SanDisk, I guess its Sansa players could also benefit from a wireless internet connection.
Sprint is already offering wireless services for non-cell phones: Amazon’s Kindle reader uses the carrier’s network to download books from the Amazon store.
Also, Sprint has stroke a deal with Ford, in order to provide wireless data for dashboard computers integrated in some of the car manufacturer’s vans and pickup trucks (which should be launched this year). Reportedly, the vehicle’s owners who use wireless data via said dashboard computers will receive monthly bills from Sprint.
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