BlackBerry ends licensing deal with T-Mobile

Wed Apr 2, 2014 9:25am IST

A man walks by a Blackberry sign at the Blackberry campus in Waterloo, September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files

A man walks by a Blackberry sign at the Blackberry campus in Waterloo, September 23, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Mark Blinch/Files

Related Topics

Stocks

   

REUTERS - BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) said on Tuesday it will not renew its license with T-Mobile U.S. Inc (TMUS.N) to sell BlackBerry products after the current contract expires on April 25.

The Canadian company said it will continue to provide service and support to existing customers on T-Mobile's network or those who will buy products from the carrier's inventory.

"Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers," BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen said in a statement.

BlackBerry said it is "working closely" with other carrier partners to provide users with alternatives should they decide to switch from T-Mobile.

The relationship between the two companies soured after Blackberry's CEO criticized T-Mobile for sending out emails to some of its customers in February, pitching free iPhone 5s and touting the promotion as a "great offer for BlackBerry customers.

This sparked an uproar on social media forums after some of the telecommunications company's loyal BlackBerry customers reacted angrily to the offer, which they perceived as a slight.

The backlash prompted T-Mobile U.S. Chief Executive John Legere to respond publicly, assuring Blackberry and its users of his company's support.

T-Mobile could not immediately be reached for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.

BlackBerry, a one-time pioneer in the smartphone industry, has been struggling to claw back market share lost to Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPhone, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's (005930.KS) Galaxy devices, and other smartphones powered by Google Inc's (GOOG.O) Android operating system.

(Reporting by Arnab Sen in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

SMARTPHONES

Reuters Showcase

Sapphire Screen

Sapphire Screen

Xiaomi ordered sapphire glass for limited edition phone - S.Korea newspaper.  Full Article 

Anti-Trust Probe

Anti-Trust Probe

Qualcomm will strive for resolution to China anti-trust probe-regulator.  Full Article 

Photo

Privacy Violation

Class action against Facebook attracts 60,000 users.  Full Article 

Taxi to Space

Taxi to Space

Boeing says completed key design review for space taxi.  Full Article 

PayPal Unit

PayPal Unit

EBay considering PayPal spinoff - report.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage