(This is a followup on an earlier post about availability of GPS info on Sprint PCS’s CDMA network)
Recently I had a short email exchange with someone at Sprint about obtaining access to their LBS information for the use in my company’s products. My company targets a small vertical niche market and the reply from Sprint was basically along the lines of “we don’t deal with small fish”. This is a very unfortunate fact since it now seems that the mobile world is the last place where restrictions are put on users and developers solely for commercial gain – unlike the rest of the Internet. In any case, you can judge their reply for yourself:
The situation is this. Using the location capabilities on the CDMA platform requires partnership with Sprint. The economics of the underlying platform are such that access to the platform needs to be controlled and used by firms with compelling applications and offers which would appeal to a large number of potential customers. At the present time, the Business Solutions group is not accepting new partners, but plans to begin considering new applications in Q3 2006.We are in the process of coming up with some new business models which would open up this platform to developers such as yourselves who target more limited groups of customers. Unfortunately, those processes are not yet in place and will take some time to develop.