T-Mobile and Samsung offer you $200 to switch from a BlackBerry to a Samsung phone

T-Mobile and Samsung offer you $200 to switch from a BlackBerry to a Samsung phone
One thing about T-Mobile CEO John Legere, once you get on his bad side, he never forgets about it. His back-and-forth verbal shots with AT&T have become legendary, and now it seems that BlackBerry is climbing rapidly up the "Legere loath list". Two weeks from today, T-Mobile's license to sell BlackBerry phones will expire, and won't be renewed. And this all stems from BlackBerry CEO John Chen's reaction to T-Mobile's promotion, trying to get T-Mobile's BlackBerry users to switch to the Apple iPhone 5s.

To get back at BlackBerry, Legere has been offering special trade-in deals for BlackBerry units owned by T-Mobile customers. Now, T-Mobile has teamed up with Samsung to bring BlackBerry owners another special deal. Upgrade a T-Mobile branded BlackBerry model to a new Samsung smartphone at T-Mobile, and receive a gift card worth as much as $200. It is a timely offer considering that the Samsung Galaxy S5 is now available from the carrier.

T-Mobile says that it will continue to offer this deal through the end of the year.

source: T-Mobile via TmoNews



32. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Great deal for a quality. To bad last time I had a BlackBerry was 2005.

33. Alphageek

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 22, 2011

I doubt you've ever owned a BlackBerry, with the way you always speak so negatively of them.


Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

nice.. this is a better challenge for BlackBerry.. because if BlackBerry will create a new device that can sell more in US. or if they can get the 3rd place in the market OS.. then T-Mobile will re-issue a letter to BlackBerry, telling BlackBerry to renew their contract with TMobile

26. Alphageek

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 22, 2011

I'm a BlackBerry user. Have a Z10. The only phone I would EVER trade my BlackBerry Z10 for is another BlackBerry 10 device. The OS is THAT GOOD. More people need to try BB10 before they decide to just write it off. Even Cnet just recently agreed that BB10 is awesome!

22. tenzin

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

I am bb Z30 user also note 3 user and say that bb with 2 cores runs as fast as note 3 with 4cores also new bb seems to better for operating so think maybe Samsung is scared when more people try bb

18. Alphageek

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 22, 2011

Lots of people here commenting that this is bad for BlackBerry and that T-Mobile is at a stronger position than they are. That could be true....then again, considering that BlackBerry's footprint at T-Mobile Isn't that large to begin with, I don't see how this can be too bad for BlackBerry. Also, perhaps T-Mobiles CEO should be more concerned about : One: his lack of professionalism. People may think that he is a great tough guy, but in actuality he is a jerk. He lacks integrity. Two: he really needs to focus on pulling his company out from the #4 spot in the US. For all his bravado, his company still lags behind Sprint, which is a horrible company, IMHO. Third: He needs to work on his company having better coverage. Everyone knows that is T-Mobiles weakest front. You can be the tough guy all you want, and do a lot of so-called revolutionary things, but if your phone barely has any coverage, especially indoors or outside of the big cities, then it's all for naught.

15. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Ouch BB!! weak hand try to bluff against stronger hand, sorry it didn't work.

10. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Maybe John Legere should be working on getting to number #2 spot at least in carrier rankings instead of these little spats. What a petty fool.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

His spats and rants have been winning him subscribers. T-Mobile is working on improving their network.

17. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Tmobile working improving their network, but in the mean time why don't you joint Tmobile as customer and convince everyone you know join Tmobile subscribers so they can slowly grow to be #2. my 2 cent

23. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Yes, they are trying to work on improving and be better and keep telling you that.... codependence much? LOLZ.

9. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

People still buy Junkberrys?

8. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Excellent deal for old BB customers. I just played with the phone at the T Mobile store and my view of it has completely changed. It feels good in the hand, has a great screen, and the back doesn't look so much like a bandaid in person. It's a very nice device and it will definitely be a hit

5. qbyrd21 unregistered


4. Zsep123

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 30, 2014

"His back-and-forth verbal shots with AT&T have become legendary" Really? This guy is a jerk, plain and simple. I don't see how Legere's antics can be considered "proffessional" in any sense of the word.This guy gets in p*ssing contests like a high school brat. I'm tired of the media praising this guy for being a jerk.

7. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

He knows exactly what he's doing. It's all marketing and it's working... He's trying to play on the frustrations of consumers who feel cell phone bills are too high and contracts are too restrictive. His loud "antics" are unlike anything the other CEO's would dare to try, making him look like an underdog yelling at the bullies. It's definitely unconventional and thinking outside the box, but it's proving effective and he's continuing to do what's good for business.

28. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

100% bro.

2. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010


3. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

it takes up to 90 days to receive, settle down crack head

11. torr310

Posts: 1735; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So it cannot be used immediately toward the phone purchase?

12. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

no, unfortunately not this time around but nonetheless a killer deal.

16. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

No, they're smart enough doing that to close the grey customer make mass profit on their phone.

21. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

there was a lot of fraud happening last time around, so it makes sens. a small group of people always kill it for everyone these days

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Damn, that is a good deal for consumers and a tough day for BB.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

When isn't it a tough day for BB lol?

27. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

hahahahahahaha lol

29. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

since from 2010

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

This is what happens when someone with a weak hand ttys to mix it up with the person holding the strong hand. The moment that Chen started the pissing match with Legere, it was not going to end well for BB. Time for Chen to focus on what works for BB and stop whining about how carriers are being bad. If BB had a compelling value proposition, carriers would be all over BB's toys, because their customers would be wanting the toys.

20. Ahmadovich

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

Blackberry sucks anyway.

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