T-Mobile offers BlackBerry owners $100 toward a new phone

T-Mobile offers BlackBerry owners $100 toward a new phone
On Wednesday, BlackBerry sent out an email to T-Mobile customers, trying to get them to buy a new 'Berry directly from the Canadian manufacturer. The very next day, T-Mobile CEO John Legere wrote how disappointed T-Mobile was, when BlackBerry announced earlier this week that it would not renew the carrier's license when it expires on April 25th.

And Legere also fired back at BlackBerry's promotional salvo from Wednesday, which was designed to get 'Berry users to move off of the T-Mobile network. BlackBerry offered customers of the fourth largest carrier $100 off the price of a BlackBerry Q5, BlackBerry Q10, and BlackBerry Z10, if purchased from the company's own ShopBlackBerry website. On Thursday, T-Mobile said it is offering BlackBerry users $100 off the price of any phone, including the Z10 or Q10. And T-Mobile is leaving this deal open until the end of the year.


In his open letter, Legere also hinted that another Un-carrier initiative is coming that will give customers of T-Mobile more value and a bigger reason to stay with the carrier. That should be interesting. In the meantime, it seems that Legere and BlackBerry CEO John Chen have played each other to a stalemate. We wonder what's next.

source: T-Mobile via Engadget

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26 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Both BlackBerry and TMobile are kids. WTF just grow up

2. guest

Posts: 370; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

It's not a stalemate at all. Blackberry needs T-Mobile, T-Mobile does not need BlackBerry.

7. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

BlackBerry DOES NOT need T-Mobile.

18. guest

Posts: 370; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Really? Interesting. So you're saying Blackberry devices don't need a carrier to make calls and transmit data? If that's the case sign me up! I would love to ditch T-Mobile's plans awesome as they might be. My friend, who WAS a Blackberry user, swore he hated touch screen devices and guess what? When T-Mobile had their last promo he ditched his blackberry for an iPhone. With rapidly declining marketshare Blackberry should want to keep as many sales channels, such as T-Mobile, open to maximize sales. Instead the new CEO decided to act like a 5 year old. T-Mobile gave Blackberry users an extra $50 if they re upped to another Blackberry but people gave up the $50 to get a non-Blackberry in droves.

19. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Did I write "BlackBerry doesn't need a carrier?" NO. I write BlackBerry doesn't need T-Mobile. And here is why: BlackBerry's "footprint" on T-Mobile was small, at best. BlackBerry pulling their handsets from T-Mobile is not going to have a huge impact on their sales. Considering that BlackBerry US marketshare is in the low single digits, if BlackBerry pulled their handsets from all US consumer stores, it wouldn't have a huge impact on their sales. And BlackBerry's CEO is acting like a 5 year old? And T-Mobiles CEO isn't? Wasn't it T-Mobiles CEO who started this whole thing in the first place? BlackBerry just responded in kind. And you even helped me prove my point even more. If, with that extra $50 deal BlackBerry users on T-Mobiles network decided to purchase other devices in "droves" as you so eloquently put, then WHY WOULD BLACKBERRY STAY WITH T-MOBILE anyway? Wouldn't it be smarter for them to do as they did and leave? There are still 2 major carriers that support BlackBerry 10 handsets, and they happen to be the 2 biggest. So, would it have been nice if BlackBerry and T-Mobile could have maintained their work relationship? Of course. But does BlackBerry need T-Mobile? Considering the US is far from BlackBerry's strongest consumer market? The answer is NO.

15. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I totally agree. Its only a matter of time before other cell companies will follow as well

20. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Again, no other provider is going to do this? Do you have any PROOF that they are? Of course you don't.

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

This is why you don't give too much power. They behave as though they design the devices. A good carrier should allow options for their customers. Not CHOOSE what options the customers get.

10. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

+10000000.

4. mikewillz

Posts: 52; Member since: May 03, 2013

Blackberry chose not to renew there license with Tmobile. Oh well, Blackberry is awful.

11. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

You forgot to write "in my opinion". Because IMO, BlackBerry is great!

17. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I would rather own a flip phone then have a Blackberry. They are terrible

21. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

All your parents can afford for you is a flip phone.

5. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Tmobile cant stand theres customers that still use the outdated blackberry, thats like ppl still using flip phone.

8. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

How so? Have you even tried the BlackBerry 10 handsets? Nothing outdated about them.

25. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Im just gonna counter with 1 point. The blackberry app market is so far behind in terms of quantity and quality compare to Apples, Andriod and even the new comer window. Blackberry was success at one point, but they misread the trend and now they are almost at the end of the tunnel. P.S: Dnt get me started on the outdated spec.

6. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I would not take a Blackberry if they gave me a free phone. Other carriers will be following soon and not carrying Blackberry anymore.

9. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

No other carrier will follow suit. T-Mobile Is doing this to try and save face. And even if you were given a new BlackBerry, how would you pay the bill? You don't work and you still live at home with your parents.

14. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

You keep telling yourself that and keep supporting Blackberry. Your a failure just like they are

24. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

The only failure here is you, troll.

16. Castro90

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Really? C'mon do not get irked by peoples comments and refrain from adding useless sentences like your last.

22. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

NO. I will not.

26. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Blackberry have less than 2% market share in the USA. Enough said, you bb users cant fight us but you guys r the dying breed.

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL...good to see there is still at least one optimistic Blackberry fan posting here on PA...

13. Castro90

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

lololz, exactly.

23. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Yep! And I shall remain so.

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