08-19-2010 07:21 PM
Why must Blackberry follow the same path as Apple? We've all heard or read about how AT&T has the crappiest network of the major carriers for iphone users. So why does Blackberry feel the need to short change their loyal customers by only selling the Blackberry Torch on AT&T? I love my blackberry phone, and will probably never buy another brand but I was very disappointed to find that the Blackberry torch is only available to AT&T customers. I currently have verizon and thinking about switching to Sprint but I will never switch to AT&T. I would rather buy another brand phone supported by Verizon or Sprint then switch to AT&T and be subject to drop calls, slow internet, etc. Blackberry is severly limiting the Torch potential and its profits by selling the phone excusivly on AT&T network. Whats the point of having a faster browser if the connection doesn't even work 50% of the time? I'm sure that I'm not the only blackberry customer who is disappointed by this. The best thing us consumers can do to change Blackberry's behavior is to vote with our wallets. DON'T BUY THE TORCH THROUGH AT&T!!!!!
08-19-2010 08:02 PM
i'm sure AT&T paid blackberry a substantial sum of money for such exclusive rights. that's what it's all about. for me, AT&T signal works very well for the most part. do they have blind spots? well of course they do. but so do the other services.
08-19-2010 11:03 PM
08-19-2010 11:46 PM
Well, I guess we know where Blackberry loyalty lies....with AT&T. It's disappointing to see a company that makes a great product sell it exculsivly to a company that should be spending money to upgrade its infastructure rather then to get exculsive products from phone manufacturers. Apple has already realized this, and I think one reason why Verizon will start carrying iphones in December or Janurary.
08-24-2010 08:15 PM
I had extensive experience with Sprint Nextel with 8 business lines before I switched to AT&T. I have found AT&T to be far superior. Really no problems at all. AT&T customer service has also been terrific.
08-24-2010 11:00 PM
Well AT&T requested the device be made hence the exclusive rights. I didn't see anybody complaining about the Storm being exclusive to Verizon, it's pretty much the same deal.
08-26-2010 01:14 PM
One of the biggest reasons a new Blackberry will roll out on AT&T vs. Verizon is because it is GSM. RIM can market a GSM phone to more carriers worldwide as than a CDMA phone like on Verizon.
Other than that, between the other GSM carriers in the STates, AT&T has a larger customer base so it is smarter for RIM to sell to AT&T rather than a smaller carrier.
It doesn't mean it is a great carrier, it is just a smarter business decision based on numbers.