BlackBerry will end its relationship with T-Mobile starting April 25th

BlackBerry will end its relationship with T-Mobile starting April 25th
Looks like that edgy banter between T-Mobile CEO John Legere and BlackBerry CEO John Chen was a bit too much for at least one of the two Johns. BlackBerry has announced Tuesday night that starting April 25th, it will not renew the carrier's license to sell BlackBerry products. This all stems from a recent promotion that T-Mobile had where BlackBerry users were enticed by the carrier to swap their handset for an Apple iPhone. Chen took umbrage at the offer, and was soon exchanging words with Legere.

You don't want to enter into a battle of wits with John Legere. In a tweet, he told John Chen that he couldn't find him on Twitter, so he would try My Space. Ouch. Eventually. T-Mobile worked out a deal that allowed 'Berry owners to trade in any working 'Berry and get $200 toward a new phone. And if that new phone was a BlackBerry, the credit would be $250. But that apparently didn't soothe the ire of John Chen, especially when T-Mobile announced that the offer brought in 15 times the usual amount of BlackBerry trade-ins over a two week period.

In a press release, Chen said that BlackBerry's strategies are not aligned with T-Mobile's at this time, and that it hoped to work again with the carrier once their business strategies were aligned. In the meantime, BlackBerry customers on T-Mobile will not notice any changes in the quality of their service or support. BlackBerry said it would work with T-Mobile to provide customer service to BlackBerry customers still on the T-Mobile network, and for those T-Mobile customers who buy a BlackBerry from T-Mobile's remaining inventory.

source: Crackberry

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