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.
"Our message to BlackBerry customers everywhere:
Nothing’s changed, including how your current T-Mobile BlackBerry device operates on our network now or in the future. Just like every T-Mobile customer, you can count on the very best customer service, no annual service contracts, the fastest nationwide 4G LTE network—everything. And rest assured, we’ve got your back from here on out.
But, if you’re ready to make a change now, you can get a $100 gift card when you upgrade your BlackBerry to any new smartphone. Need more time? This offer will be available for the remainder of the year."-T-Mobile
T-Mobile is offering its customers with a BlackBerry, a $200 gift card to trade it in for a Samsung manufactured handset