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BlackBerry to End Licensing Agreement With T-Mobile


BlackBerry announced on Tuesday it will end its licensing agreement with T-Mobile when it expires on April 25th, meaning the fourth-largest carrier in the United States will soon no longer be able to sell BlackBerry products. In a press release, John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO, said although the two companies had “a positive relationship for many years,” their strategies were “regretfully, at this time … not complementary.” The move comes after a lengthy spat between the two companies. In February, T-Mobile sent out promotional material to customers that offered discounts on the iPhone when upgrading from BlackBerry devices. Chen responded with a blog post, in which he said he was “outraged” by the “inappropriate and ill-conceived marketing promotion.” T-Mobile responded by offering $250 to customers wanting to upgrade from an older model to a newer BlackBerry.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.