Report: T-Mobile Pulling BlackBerry Smartphones from Retail Stores
September 2, 2013 1:01 PM
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BlackBerry hits another bump in the road
The bad news just keeps rolling in for BlackBerry, which has
seen its smartphone business implode
rather than flourish following the release of the
BlackBerry 10 operating system
. The latest bit of bad news comes the
forums, where a poster has indicated that T-Mobile is no longer stocking BlackBerry phones in its retail stores:
My manager told me the other day that all blackberry 10 devices will now be only available via direct ship. I work at a corporate store in cleveland I have to go check the Email but I'm not sure if this has just affected NorthEast Ohio.
"Direct Ship" means that customers will only be able to order the phones from the store or order them from T-Mobile's website. The 257-post long thread contains confirmation of the news from several posters, with one member stating that Jacksonville, FL-area stores are pulling BlackBerry smartphone off the shelves (presumably to clear space for better-selling iOS and Android-based smartphones).
Although we have not received official confirmation from T-Mobile at this time, this news is not exactly surprising. The
Wall Street Journal
reported last week
that sales of BlackBerry's Q10 smartphone have been dismal since the device launched in April. Sales of the Z10 haven't been much better.
And it was
reported earlier today
that even BlackBerry’s board director Bert Nordberg is hinting at rough seas ahead for the company, stating that BlackBerry could live on as a “niche company”. Nordberg also acknowledged the stiff market competition, adding, “battling giants like Apple, Google and Samsung is tough.”
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LOL, based on a forum post?
9/2/2013 2:27:27 PM
Seriously Brandon, I expect this kind of "journalism" from Mick. A forum post? Really? THAT'S NEWS?
Come on people! Wake up!!!
RE: LOL, based on a forum post?
9/2/2013 2:43:48 PM
Even more pathetic is they don't even do a search to see if it could be true, Apparently it's because of slow sales.Do a quick search on T-mobile Best Seller list 4G and BOTH the Z10 and Q10 rank Better than the Samsung S3,S4 Nokia921 Nexus 4,the only phone above are the Iphones the entry level S2 and Nokia 521... In conclusion If it was true many Samsung Nokia and Nexus would have to go B4 the Blackberries...
RE: LOL, based on a forum post?
9/4/2013 8:07:29 AM
You guys are missing one important fact..companies use to rely heavily on Blackberry becuase of it's secure servers and encryption, but when Blackberry caved to various countries demanding access to the companies secure servers it spelled the end for the company. Now many companies are switching to Apple, Android, or windows based phones becuase they allow the company to control the apps on the phone as well as offer secure email via a number of applications that the company can manage without outside interferance. Apple has refused to give up it's encryption to the government, and Google offers apps that allow a company to use it's own encryption and servers. Micosoft has a number of secure solutions that can be run from very low cost servers that most companies can afford, and they are fast becoming the new Blackberry for business. Blackberry(RIM) has tried to regain it's footing with some inovative solutions, but it will be hard for many companies to switch back to a company they feel betrayed them, and in many cases caused the loss of sensitive information and money. Companies have always been the savior of the Blackberry, but now they have lost that support and it will be real hard to compete with the likes of Apple, Google, and Microsoft who basically control the market.
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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