Sprint to "wait and see" on whether to keep BlackBerry models in stock

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Sprint is not in a rush to follow in the footsteps of T-Mobile and kick BlackBerry out of its retail stores. This past Wednesday, the nation's fourth largest carrier said that it would no longer stock BlackBerry handsets in its stores due to poor sales. While one unit of each model will be kept on hand for display purposes, those desiring a BlackBerry device will have to have it shipped to them. The carrier said that fewer consumers are buying BlackBerry devices. Businesses, which presumably are still purchasing some BlackBerry handsets, are making buying decisions away from the store.

Meanwhile, at Friday's Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference, Sprint CFO Joe Euteneur said that he will take a more conservative "wait and see" approach before making a decision on whether to keep BlackBerry models stocked in Sprint stores. The executive admitted that Sprint did not want to hurt the businesses that buy BlackBerry handsets from Sprint.

Sprint still serves a number of business customers dating back to the old Nextel iDEN network that carried quite a few customers using PTT. Sprint shut the old network this past June.

Other carriers are trying to make a decision regarding BlackBerry. Verizon Communication CEO Lowell McAdam, one time CEO of Verizon Wireless, said this past week that Big Red would continue to stock BlackBerry models in its stores as long as its customers wanted them to.

source: Reuters

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11 Comments

1. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

Have mercy on blackberry!

2. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Done like a over cooked steak

3. jamesish

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

blackberry is dead than dead.

4. Technobri

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

So sprint is no longer the nation's third largest carrier or is that a typo..

5. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

They said that T-Mobile was no longer stocking them on the shelf. They're the fourth largest carrier, there was no typeo. Sprint is still third

8. Technobri

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Oh that's right I read it wrong lol

6. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Who else would report this news besides Alan F. I bet he can't wait until the name blackberry vanishes. As long as I keep getting software updates, my BlackBerry Q10 will remain my only device. Heck I love it so much I had to get a second one all @full price.

7. jamesedward318 unregistered

I remember when it was lame to NOT have a Blackberry. Everyone when from BBM'ing to now iMessaging. R.I.P Blackberry.

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

poor poor berry! i miss you :'-"(

10. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

like sprint is a big player or something.they have been losing money for years also.and before blackberry

11. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I say keep BB their struggling like HTC but worse. BB should go with a slide out keyboard rather than that cramped up one.

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