According to a leaked memo, which is circulating online, ESPN employees can’t get a corporate phone that is on Verizon, despite the fact that Verizon features a branded ESPN MVP. This comes after ESPN closed down its own MVNO, only to relaunch again on Verizon. What’s the reason? Here is what the memo says:
Question: With the switch to Verizon for ESPN phone content, will our company phones, (Treos), be switched to Verizon?
Answer: There are no plans to switch to Verizon. Verizon does not offer international coverage and it would be a lot of work to constantly swap a Verizon phone for a Cingular phone based on international travel. It also would require two processes to manage the phones, one for each vendor. Currently our rates are the same, if not better, with Cingular.