Think About This... What If Amazon Took Sprint’s Place As The US’s Fourth Wireless Carrier?

Amazon (AMZN) is interested in buying the Boost Mobile MVNO network from T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S) so that it can get access to T-Mobile's wireless network at wholesale prices (for the next six or so years). It's a pretty brilliant idea (if the price is right). Several pundits are questioning the wisdom of this hypothetical acquisition. To me, it's simple. How powerful would Amazon be if it owned your wireless device when it was always closest to the point of sale (digitally and physically)? The carrier always knows where your phone is; others have to guess (unless you're using their app and have approved transmission of your location).

In the next episode of "Amazon Goes Psycho!", Amazon owns the proxy services layer of a carrier network. Then, they add that intelligence to their existing profiles about you. The result... stay tuned for the next episode of "Amazon Goes Psycho!"

As always, your thoughts and comments are both welcome and strongly encouraged.

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Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, ...

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