BlackBerry CEO John Chen comments on BlackBerry's reconciliation with T-Mobile

BlackBerry CEO John Chen comments on BlackBerry's reconciliation with T-Mobile
Earlier today, we told you that the BlackBerry Classic would be available at T-Mobile on May 13th. This is the first time that a new BlackBerry model has been launched on T-Mobile since a big fight between the two companies last year. In April 2014, BlackBerry decided not to renew T-Mobile's contract that allowed the carrier to sell BlackBerry phones. This morning, BlackBerry CEO John Chen wrote an editorial for CNBC stating that "the bigger the break-up, the better the make-up." Chen even said that he would even consider wearing one of those magenta T-Mobile shirts favored by the carrier's CEO John Legere, if Legere sends one to him.

You might recall that the whole fight started in February 2014 when a T-Mobile mailer to its subscribers tried to get them to swap a BlackBerry for an Apple iPhone 5s. Chen was livid and thanked T-Mobile customers for their support in a blog post. One thing that many have learned over the years from John Chen to Donald Trump, is that John Legere has a rapier wit. It was the T-Mobile executive who landed the best shot when he said that after unsuccessfully trying to find his BlackBerry counterpart on Twitter, he would look for Chen on the dated (and digital ghost town) MySpace. Ouch!


But the two CEO's have buried the proverbial hatchet and T-Mobile customers will be able to purchase the old-school Classic next Wednesday. The phone can be purchased by well-qualified buyers for $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $18.33. The full retail price is $ 439.92.

source: CNBC via Crackberry

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10 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

A mutual understanding. T-Mobile is trying to cater to all of their customers even the small amount of those who are still holding onto Blackberry.

2. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

T-mobile and BB being friends again :c gotta make me cry.

3. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Blackberry needs every dollar it can get. I'm betting T-Mobile got a sweet deal!

8. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I hope Legere really sent those magenta T-Shirt to John Chen.

4. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

$400+ for a Blackberry? Are you on crack? This is 2015, not 2009.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

atleast they use 2012's phone specification.. (and i wont pay more than $40 for this junk)

9. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Apparently BB still think their brand is still premium.... (they really on crack)

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering how you comment on every BlackBerry article, you obviously think the BlackBerry brand is premium as well.

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Swap a blackberry for a 5s. I would cause blackberry sucks lol.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

Glad to see that BlackBerry and T-Mobile are on good terms again. Diversity is good for the consumer and the industry as a whole.

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