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T-Mobile offers BlackBerry owners $100 toward a new phone

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T-Mobile offers BlackBerry owners $100 toward a new phone
On Wednesday, BlackBerry sent out an email to T-Mobile customers, trying to get them to buy a new 'Berry directly from the Canadian manufacturer. The very next day, T-Mobile CEO John Legere wrote how disappointed T-Mobile was, when BlackBerry announced earlier this week that it would not renew the carrier's license when it expires on April 25th.

And Legere also fired back at BlackBerry's promotional salvo from Wednesday, which was designed to get 'Berry users to move off of the T-Mobile network. BlackBerry offered customers of the fourth largest carrier $100 off the price of a BlackBerry Q5, BlackBerry Q10, and BlackBerry Z10, if purchased from the company's own ShopBlackBerry website. On Thursday, T-Mobile said it is offering BlackBerry users $100 off the price of any phone, including the Z10 or Q10. And T-Mobile is leaving this deal open until the end of the year.

"In fact, to show our appreciation for all current consumers so passionate and loyal to all things BlackBerry, we’re offering a $100 credit toward any new device, including the BlackBerry Q10 or the Z10. And this offer is good through the end of the year. So you can take your time...one thing you can count on from us: we’ll keep listening to you and finding new ways to meet the needs of BlackBerry users – individuals and businesses – everywhere. But we’re not done. Stay tuned for another Un-carrier offer that gives you more value and even more reasons to stay with America’s fastest growing wireless company. I’ll always fight for you. And our team remains committed to providing the same great Un-carrier experience to all BlackBerry users. At the end of the day, this has got to be about you – the customer."-John Legere, CEO BlackBerry

In his open letter, Legere also hinted that another Un-carrier initiative is coming that will give customers of T-Mobile more value and a bigger reason to stay with the carrier. That should be interesting. In the meantime, it seems that Legere and BlackBerry CEO John Chen have played each other to a stalemate. We wonder what's next.

source: T-Mobile via Engadget

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posted on 04 Apr 2014, 00:51 1

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 476; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Both BlackBerry and TMobile are kids.
WTF just grow up

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:08 1

2. guest (Posts: 91; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


It's not a stalemate at all. Blackberry needs T-Mobile, T-Mobile does not need BlackBerry.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:04 1

7. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


BlackBerry DOES NOT need T-Mobile.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 13:19 1

18. guest (Posts: 91; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Really? Interesting. So you're saying Blackberry devices don't need a carrier to make calls and transmit data? If that's the case sign me up! I would love to ditch T-Mobile's plans awesome as they might be. My friend, who WAS a Blackberry user, swore he hated touch screen devices and guess what? When T-Mobile had their last promo he ditched his blackberry for an iPhone. With rapidly declining marketshare Blackberry should want to keep as many sales channels, such as T-Mobile, open to maximize sales. Instead the new CEO decided to act like a 5 year old. T-Mobile gave Blackberry users an extra $50 if they re upped to another Blackberry but people gave up the $50 to get a non-Blackberry in droves.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:00 1

19. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Did I write "BlackBerry doesn't need a carrier?" NO. I write BlackBerry doesn't need T-Mobile. And here is why: BlackBerry's "footprint" on T-Mobile was small, at best. BlackBerry pulling their handsets from T-Mobile is not going to have a huge impact on their sales. Considering that BlackBerry US marketshare is in the low single digits, if BlackBerry pulled their handsets from all US consumer stores, it wouldn't have a huge impact on their sales. And BlackBerry's CEO is acting like a 5 year old? And T-Mobiles CEO isn't? Wasn't it T-Mobiles CEO who started this whole thing in the first place? BlackBerry just responded in kind. And you even helped me prove my point even more. If, with that extra $50 deal BlackBerry users on T-Mobiles network decided to purchase other devices in "droves" as you so eloquently put, then WHY WOULD BLACKBERRY STAY WITH T-MOBILE anyway? Wouldn't it be smarter for them to do as they did and leave? There are still 2 major carriers that support BlackBerry 10 handsets, and they happen to be the 2 biggest. So, would it have been nice if BlackBerry and T-Mobile could have maintained their work relationship? Of course. But does BlackBerry need T-Mobile? Considering the US is far from BlackBerry's strongest consumer market? The answer is NO.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:25

15. apiskula (Posts: 565; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I totally agree. Its only a matter of time before other cell companies will follow as well

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:01

20. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Again, no other provider is going to do this? Do you have any PROOF that they are? Of course you don't.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:15 4

3. alterecho (Posts: 1072; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


This is why you don't give too much power. They behave as though they design the devices.
A good carrier should allow options for their customers. Not CHOOSE what options the customers get.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:08 1

10. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


+10000000.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 01:53

4. mikewillz (Posts: 39; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Blackberry chose not to renew there license with Tmobile. Oh well, Blackberry is awful.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:09

11. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


You forgot to write "in my opinion". Because IMO, BlackBerry is great!

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:26 1

17. apiskula (Posts: 565; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I would rather own a flip phone then have a Blackberry. They are terrible

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:02 1

21. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


All your parents can afford for you is a flip phone.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 03:16

5. techloverNYC (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Tmobile cant stand theres customers that still use the outdated blackberry, thats like ppl still using flip phone.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:05

8. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


How so? Have you even tried the BlackBerry 10 handsets? Nothing outdated about them.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 05:10

25. techloverNYC (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Im just gonna counter with 1 point. The blackberry app market is so far behind in terms of quantity and quality compare to Apples, Andriod and even the new comer window. Blackberry was success at one point, but they misread the trend and now they are almost at the end of the tunnel.

P.S: Dnt get me started on the outdated spec.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 08:14 2

6. apiskula (Posts: 565; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


I would not take a Blackberry if they gave me a free phone. Other carriers will be following soon and not carrying Blackberry anymore.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:07

9. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


No other carrier will follow suit. T-Mobile Is doing this to try and save face. And even if you were given a new BlackBerry, how would you pay the bill? You don't work and you still live at home with your parents.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:24 3

14. apiskula (Posts: 565; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


You keep telling yourself that and keep supporting Blackberry. Your a failure just like they are

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:05

24. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


The only failure here is you, troll.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:25

16. Castro90 (Posts: 38; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Really? C'mon do not get irked by peoples comments and refrain from adding useless sentences like your last.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:04

22. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


NO. I will not.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 05:11

26. techloverNYC (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Blackberry have less than 2% market share in the USA. Enough said, you bb users cant fight us but you guys r the dying breed.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:21 2

12. corporateJP (Posts: 1548; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


LOL...good to see there is still at least one optimistic Blackberry fan posting here on PA...

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 12:23

13. Castro90 (Posts: 38; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


lololz, exactly.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 14:04

23. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Yep! And I shall remain so.

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