T-Mobile employee claims that BlackBerry 10 models will no longer be available in T-Mobile stores
With other T-Mobile employees confirming the carrier's decision to stop selling BlackBerry 10 models in the stores, this will apparently drop the Canadian handset manufacturer's U.S. market share from its already anemic level to an even more microscopic number. While T-Mobile originally was planning on offering just the all-touch BlackBerry Z10, a late second change in heart put the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10 on the mobile operator's roster. The last second change by T-Mobile had many wondering if the carrier knew something about demand for the phone that other carrier's didn't. But at the end of the day, the BlackBerry Q10 was a flop in the U.S. with demand for the phone characterized as being poor in a recent report published in the Wall Street Journal.
Microsoft's mobile OS, Windows Phone, is the biggest beneficiary from BlackBerry's failure as both platforms battle for the third place spot in U.S. market share after Android and iOS. BlackBerry's board is said to be weighing a number of options, most of which are traumatic. One plan has the company spinning off its BlackBerry Messenger unit as a separate firm. Other possibilities include selling the enterprise services division to a big computer company like IBM. The hardware and software divisions also have their corporate admirers that could be interested in taking these parts off of BlackBerry's hands.
BlackBerry does have one last BlackBerry 10 model to launch before the year is out. The 5 inch BlackBerry Aristo will be the first 5 inch 'Berry and is supposed to be the most powerful model ever produced by the company. But with specs that fail to excite, the writing is on the wall and we could see BlackBerry's board revealing a new game plan before the end of the year. For now, if you are a T-Mobile customer looking to purchase a BlackBerry 10 handset, check with your local T-Mobile store first just to make sure that the model you want is still available from the store.
source: Crackberryforum via WMPoweruser
1. snowgator (Posts: 3018; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Ugh. More ugly BlackBerry news. Look away, CrackBerry fans, look away....
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 4739; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I wonder how long before they start to appear on overstock.com? Not looking good for BB, that is for sure.
10. BillyG (Posts: 303; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)
yup, look away and buy more crack...you'll need it
4. felisberto (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
I said, will say it again QUERTY keyboard is dead.
5. TechDork (Posts: 140; Member since: 10 May 2010)
I believe it'll make a comeback at some point.
12. ardent1 (Posts: 1864; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
The same time nostalgia makes a comeback.
We don't have rotary phones for a reason. Also, typewriters and carbon paper aren't coming back anytime soon.
This reminds of a joke. When the iPhone was being released, one Blackberry Executive made a derisive remark about how people don't want to type on glass -- obviously, the joke was on Blackberry.
9. msa1988 (Posts: 392; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
100% diagree. QWERTY keyboard from BB is dead - a QWERTY by Apple or Android would be very successful.
14. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 114; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
QWERTY keyboards on Android handsets seem to be relegated to mid-range and entry-level devices. No flagship would be successful with a QWERTY and companies realize this. Also, Apple will never use a QWERTY on anything and that is a smart decision.
Good luck to your Ravens on Thursday night.
16. downphoenix (Posts: 1996; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Incorrect. Phones like the Motorola Droid and Samsung Epic were flagships and were quite successful. Its just that companies stopped making QWERTYs available, and as far as them not being on high ends, tis because companies equate screen size with determining specs, basically the bigger the screen, the better the specs. If someone wants a quad core snapdragon 800, they will have to have a 5+ in screen, even though its not necessarily the most comfortalbe to have. What if they just want a 4 in? Guess you'll have to settle with either going iOS or a low to mid range on Android.
17. ardent1 (Posts: 1864; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Qwerty keyboards handset don't work as flagship products.
Apple got it right when it launched the first iPhone - a big 3.5" screen (big in those days), a thin device, few buttons, few moving parts, etc.
Qwerty keyboards either rob display area or make the device cumbersome. In the case of Q10, the keyboard limits the amount of screen. In the case of Moto Droid, the device is bulkier, heavier, and prone to break nice it has moving parts.
With features like Siri, there's less of a reason for keyboards due to voice to text, voice dictation, etc. I use Siri on my iPad Mini and voice dictation is pretty fast -- better than when I was using Dragon software on a PC.
21. meowcenary (Posts: 186; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
you think the average user would care for a physical keyboard? They would much rather use a virtual keyboard, even if it slows productivity down.
19. miles16852 (Posts: 168; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
lol, if you SAY SO! but i know its not, lol, i see alot of them around,,, and the more you keep your mouth closed the smarter you will look ;-)
6. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 474; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
I'm still waiting for BBM. wouldn't you agree?
20. meowcenary (Posts: 186; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
yay? I was hoping RIMM would survive and turn themselves around. Their present OS is not bad. If they do fail and someone buys them. I really hope whomever aquires them or just the OS does not do what HP did to webOS.
8. Syksyd (Posts: 53; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)
I work in a corporate location in Cali, and only a select few stores will sell the phones due to poor sales
11. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 373; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Sad blackberry didn't innovate that's what happens when you do the same old crap over and over... Apple you officially the new blackberry
13. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 416; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
It's a shame as Blackberry 10 is a decent product. But then again so was webOS.
15. xtroid2k (Posts: 287; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
Qwerty keyboards are definitely a dieing trend
My mom for example loves typing on the Note II. I don't see a physical qwerty on that one. As for blackberry I would start selling off the company anyway possible. If I were employed an updated resume would already be on major Job boards.