Sprint shuns mobile directory in 2005

Jan 13 2005 - 02:20 AM ET | Sprint Nextel
Sprint has decided not to proceed with plans to create an opt-in mobile phone number directory this year. This was due to the high cost of running the service: bq. Several U.S. mobile providers, including Sprint, have worked together since last year to develop a directory of mobile numbers aimed at giving subscribers such as business customers the option of having their numbers publicly listed.

But Sprint, which plans to buy Nextel Communications Inc. later this year, said it would hold off on the service at least until next year because of a California law requiring customers to sign a document confirming they want the service. We first mentioned this project back in May 2004, no major progress has been announced.