Telecom titan Verizon Wireless has sent two letters to lawmakers this week offering to limit the amount of time it keeps its handsets carrier-exclusive. Such proprietary deals surfaced on the radar of Department of Justice regulators largely because of Apple's unusually long contract with AT&T, which is rumored to end in 2010.
iSuppli recently published an estimate of the build-cost of the Palm Pre. Given iSuppli's pretty reliable history of similar estimates, the comparatively low price of the Pre raises some interesting questions. Is it in fact a sign that the Pre has a hardware Achilles heel?