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Sprint To Skip BlackBerry Z10
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User Rank: Ninja
3/5/2013 | 11:53:52 AM
re: Sprint To Skip BlackBerry Z10
This is one more example that the cell phone market is broken beyond repair. It is a throwback to the Bell phone times where you either went with Bell or went with Bell and got the phone, even if it was technology from decades ago.
What we need is a complete separation from phone sales and service sales. Customers buy the phone (or rent/lease it) and then shop around for the plan they want. So if someone wants the Z10 and Sprint, there you go. Of course, this requires all network providers to use compatible systems and ideally frequency bands that are common across the globe rather than the shifted US specials, but the effort might not be worth the savings of simpler radios in the smartphones.
Once smartphone makers have to sell directly to customers and not rely on network operators to do the business for them the entire market will get a new pace. Lock ins and limited phone selections would be a thing of the past.
User Rank: Strategist
3/5/2013 | 12:20:00 AM
re: Sprint To Skip BlackBerry Z10
I agree IsMark. It is the consumers choice, not the vendor. We left Verizon because they dragged their feet with Windows phones, only offering the Trophy for 12-18 months. We had Trophy's, they were good, but could not compete with the Windows phones AT&T offered at the same period of time, and AT&T was upgrading their phone lineup more than once in the 18 months. Verizon was too hung up on only wanting 4G phones in their lineup, and Windows only had 3G at that time. Verizon is also very slow (i.e. 6 months or more) to qualify a new phone, AT&T gets them out in weeks. We dropped Verizon after repeated meetings with Business Sales and a conference call with Microsoft to find out what their problem was. Now have over 40 phones from AT&T, all Nokia 900 or 920. Verizon shot themselves in the foot. They were more interested in selling us an iPhone or iPad, which did not meet our corporate needs. Originally left Blackberry for Win 7 Trophy, then Verizon ran out of options.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/4/2013 | 8:07:12 PM
re: Sprint To Skip BlackBerry Z10
Another article title could be 'Sprint Needs to Unload iPhones Before Selling Z10', they're stuck with a ton of merchandise and slowing iphone sales.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/4/2013 | 5:06:42 PM
re: Sprint To Skip BlackBerry Z10
If I was a Sprint customer and wanted a Z10 this would be unacceptable, especially when every other major carrier will carry the Z10. If I were BB this would be unacceptable....I'd tell Sprint you either carry both phones like everyone else or no Q10.

Furthermore, 1/3 to 1/2 of current Z10 sales are coming from former iphone and S3 users....and their also giving the Z10 better reviews over their old devices. It makes NO SENSE for Sprint to not carry a phone that is better than what they are currently providing and LOSE business.

I think BB should play hard ball with Sprint and say no Q10. Sure the lack of sales will hurt, but they are going to see more sales with the Z10 anyways. I think Sprint would eventually relent if BB demanded they carry the Z10....Sprint could potentially lose hundreds of thousands of customers who are seeking the new BB10 os.

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