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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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posted on 28 Sep 2013, 01:37 4

1. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)

Have mercy on blackberry!

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 04:28

2. zig8100 (Posts: 236; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

Done like a over cooked steak

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 06:31

3. jamesish (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)

blackberry is dead than dead.

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 07:47

4. Technobri (Posts: 84; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

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

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 07:59 1

5. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 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

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 16:09

8. Technobri (Posts: 84; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)

Oh that's right I read it wrong lol

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 09:04

6. slaggyb (Posts: 215; Member since: 19 Oct 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.

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 09:36

7. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 17:10

9. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 11:18

10. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 09:12

11. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 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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