This has to be a first. BlackBerry has pushed out a press release announcing that they are ending their T-Mobile US licensing agreement. My guess is that this is coming after all of the drama with T-Mobile’s crazy CEO. On the other hand this stuff usually happens behind closed doors and not via a press release. According to BlackBerry they will not renew T-Mobile’s license to sell BlackBerry products after it expires on April 25th, 2014. That means BlackBerry customers will still get customer service and be able to purchase from T-Mobile’s existing inventory.
BlackBerry then goes on about how they are working with other carriers to help move customers off T-Mobile… Pretty crazy stuff. Details below:
BlackBerry Ends T-Mobile U.S. Licensing Agreement
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 1, 2014) – BlackBerry(R) Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that it will not renew the T-Mobile U.S., Inc. license to sell BlackBerry products when it expires on April 25, 2014.
BlackBerry customers on the T-Mobile network should not see any difference in their service or support. BlackBerry will work closely with T-Mobile to provide the best possible customer service to any customer remaining on the T-Mobile U.S. network or to any customer purchasing devices from T-Mobile’s existing inventory.
BlackBerry is also working closely with other carrier partners to provide consumers and business users with alternatives should they decide to transition to another carrier and remain with BlackBerry for their long-term device and service needs. For additional details, offers and assistance, business customers and consumers can go to http://us.blackberry.com/smartphones.html.
"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," said BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chair, John Chen. "We are deeply grateful to our loyal BlackBerry customers and will do everything in our power to provide continued support with your existing carrier or ensure a smooth transition to our other carrier partners.