BlackBerry and T-Mobile haven’t had the best business relationship over the last six months, we presume it started when T-Mobile announced that they would no longer offer BlackBerry devices in their stores, this happened last September.
Then T-Mobile ran a promotion earlier this year to get owners of BlackBerry devices to switch to the iPhone, and it would appear that this wasn’t very well received by BlackBerry.
Now BlackBerry has released an official statement, confirming that T-Mobile will no longer sell BlackBerry devices, and it would appear that this decision was made by BlackBerry and not T-Mobile, have a look at the statement from John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO below.
BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years. Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers. We hope to work with T-Mobile again in the future when our business strategies are aligned
When asked about why T-Mobile would not longer be selling BlackBerry devices, the T-Mobile CEO, John Legere replied with ‘ask them!’, this implies that it was a BlackBerry decision and not T-Mobile’s idea.
You have to hand it to the BlackBerry CEO, for having the balls to pull the company’s devices from a major carrier like T-Mobile, especially considering that BlackBerry needs to increase their handset sales.
From the 25th of April you will no longer be able to purchase a BlackBerry device from T-Mobile in the US, although BlackBerry will continue to offer support for existing BlackBerry devices on the network.