Blockbuster to sell phones in its physical stores

Blockbuster to sell phones in its physical stores
Dish Networks' CEO Charlie Egren might just have finally found something exciting that he can do with those 850 remaining brick and mortar Blockbuster stores that remain after Dish plucked Blockbuster out of the bankruptcy pile last year. Dish plans on selling smartphones inside the remaining Blockbuster stores. The Blockbuster Mobile website already sells handsets for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, but Egren wants to move the sales to physical locations. Egren's original plan was to sell mobile devices from the stores that would be enabled to stream Blockbuster movies. But that plan was killed off and now Dish is trying to work toward selling the phones through its Blockbuster stores and mobile service through Dish Networks. In the meantime, the stores still sell and rent DVDs and games and sell Dish Networks' services inside the stores. "Wireless will complement all of our technologies and allow us to be in more places and offer more of our services on one bill," Egren said.

Back in October, Egren said that he will partner up with another firm to offer a mobile network that could be ready to go in the U.S. by 2016. Dish Chief Executive Officer Joe Clayton said talks with partners are on hold until the company speaks to the FCC. Dish lost a chance to partner up with a couple of major carriers when 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.

source: Bloomberg

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10 Comments

1. CWBAlfredo

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Why not start selling Coffee and donuts while they're at it

2. Isaiah-54 unregistered

I can see it now: "America runs on Blockbuster"

3. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I don't c how this article focuses on Blockbuster selling phones in its physical stores.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Blockbuster still have stores?

4. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

< SARCASM > Obviously a fake story. There are no Blockbuster stores anymore < / SARCASM >

5. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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

9. mfdfire15

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Yes there still are Blockbusters around.

10. mfdfire15

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

and why not have another carrier bundle with Blockbuster like Redbox did with Verizon

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