Blockbuster to sell phones in its physical stores
Sprint agreed to sell 70% of the carrier to Japan's Softbank and T-Mobile announced it would purchase MetroPCS. That would leave Verizon and AT&T remaining and we don't see either operator hooking up with Dish and the outspoken Egren. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski recently said that he would sign off on having Dish become a wireless carrier under the condition that it lower the power of its signal to prevent interference.
The number of physical Blockbuster stores peaked around 2004 when Viacom owned the chain and there were about 9,000 locations. When Dish bought the chain last year it acquired 1,700 stores which it has cut in half to the current 850. Offering smartphones in the physical stores could be a great way to attract potential Blockbuster members into the stores while making money from smartphone sales at the same time.
1. CWBAlfredo (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Why not start selling Coffee and donuts while they're at it
2. Isaiah-54 (Posts: 13; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
I can see it now: "America runs on Blockbuster"
3. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
I don't c how this article focuses on Blockbuster selling phones in its physical stores.
4. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 813; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
< SARCASM > Obviously a fake story. There are no Blockbuster stores anymore < / SARCASM >
5. xtroid2k (Posts: 315; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
I don't see this panning out. There are so many wireless solutions already available that I honestly think the market is saturated with wireless solutions direct and indirect dish is grabbing at straws to live and blockbuster is still on life support. I wish them luck but I really dont see both companies lasting one tradional wireless contract.
6. mydi.maus (unregistered)
is it a renting phone?make sure you rewind after return,..lol
7. xtroid2k (Posts: 315; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
Frigin blockbuster man. Im still in shock. So yeah I'll a GSIII, popcorn and a copy of old yeller. I also will rent a VCR with auto reverse. Lol
10. mfdfire15 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
and why not have another carrier bundle with Blockbuster like Redbox did with Verizon