The FCC will review mobile phone exclusivity contracts, best illustrated by Apple’s iPhone and Palm’s Pre. Incoming FCC Chair Julius Genachowski confirmed he will instruct the FCC to do so. Genachowski was approved by the Senate Commerce committee this week. The full Senate still needs to confirm him, but that’s expected to be just a formality. It’s unclear what such a review will actually accomplish. Exclusivity deals are opposed by wireless carriers who are unable to strike them. Some consumer groups oppose them as well. Carriers who participate in them don’t understand all the fuss.
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