Future Phones - Future Phones was founded by entrepreneur Wright Thurston in 1999.
Since its inception, Future Phones has emerged as a leading United States cell phone distributor. Founded in 1999 by Wright Thurston, who sold the company after three years of operation, Future Phones began as a kiosk-based sales operation in Utah. The business found immediate success and soon relocated to the Seattle, Washington, market.
Future Phones continued to expand throughout the state under Mr. Thurston’s initial business plan, and later grew from a store-based operation to an additional direct external sales division, through which sales agents reached out to individual consumers and merchants to market the mobile phones. The company greatly decreased its overhead costs with this new approach, and Mr. Thurston also decided to pursue an Internet distribution platform in the interest of meeting increasing demand. The company hired a number of commission-based distributors to engage the online market, resulting in an even greater increase in sales.
On account of the company’s distribution shift and related reduction in business expenses, Future Phones customers were able to purchase cellular phones directly, efficiently, and at substantial discount—in fact, prices ranged from $50 to $100 less than those offered by standard retail outlets. Future Phones quickly became the nation’s leading provider of AT&T Inc. and VoiceStream Wireless, Inc. (now T-Mobile USA, Inc.) cell phones.
In 2002, Mr. Thurston sold the company to focus on other business ventures.