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RadioShack To Dump T-Mobile, Teaming Up With Verizon In September

Oh snap, more carrier drama? I wouldn’t say this is as big as 2-Pac and Biggie, but it definitely holds some weight (rap puns, anybody?). RadioShack has announced today that in April, T-Mobile had breached their contract with the tech retailer. They didn’t go into specifics about the breach, but did state that they will be dropped as a partner. To take T-Mo’s place is Verizon, and they will begin selling pre-paid and post-paid services in stores starting in September.

RadioShack will now hold accounts for Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. You think T-Mobile is going to be hurting after this just a little bit? Well it looks like RadioShack is in a very comfy position after this announcement, with their shares going up 19 percent. Verizon will also benefit with from yet another source to sell their tiered data, and blurred out Motorola phones. Everybody wins?

Maybe we should start hitting up RadioShack employees and start asking about the Bionic?

Via: WSJ

Cheers ReDroid!

  • iamcobalt

    I find this a bit ironic.. During my time as a contract employee for verizon i was informed that radio shack had been cooking the books on their cell phone sales and that is why verizon originally dropped them..

    They were partnered once before.. They stopped selling their phones for a reason.. and now they’re joining forces again… interesting..

  • http://profiles.google.com/chuckg73 Charles Gallagher

    I have a good feeling that the Bionic launch will coincide with the Radio Shack selling of VZW phones.  No longer looking at Aug. 4th now I will look into Sept and would love to be wrong about this…

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  • Msk1277

    Im a radio shack employee and I couldn’t be happier!

  • Papoose34328

    Rap puns ftw! lol

  • Anonymous

    Wait, hate to break this to you but isn’t T Mobile going to be AT&T soon anyhow? LOL

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-say-NO-to-ATT-T-Mobile-merger/162544307132032

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  • Cmorty72

    This is good news as far as options go. At least with RS you 30 days for a refund with no re-stocking fees.

  • The Dave

    Hell maybe this lowers prices of Verizon phones, even ever so slightly….

    A guy can dream…..

  • Anonymous

    Who goes to Radio Shack anymore?

    • Knightcrusader

      People who brick their friend’s Captivate and need to construct an emergency jig, that’s who goes there lol.

  • http://quiklives.tumblr.com quiklives

    I worked for Radio Shack 10 years ago, and they carried Verizon then. In fact, Verizon wasn’t available in my town yet so we had Alltel instead and the stores in the district that did have Verizon consistently had better mobile sales. This was when color screens were exciting, mind you…

    • Crc_error

      Exactly, in fact the then CEO of Radio Shack and CEO of Verizon didn’t see eye to eye, and ended up in a childish dispute resulting in RS dumping Verizon. Looks like they.have mended there friendship. This move will benifit RS greatly. And they will still be able to charge $7.99 for a headphone splitter .

  • Spiderman_00

    Great…someone else to compete with. Its bad enough we have a stupid Wal Mart across the street. Now we have to deal with Radio Shack across the street as well. UGH!!!

  • Anonymous

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, to.ly/aPXP

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  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Radio Shack used to be a useful store in the 70’s and 80’s with hard to find electronic parts. Now it’s just a bunch of crap electronics and a cell phone section that takes up most of the store.

    • Anonymous

      RadioShack is still useful…. when I can’t wait 3 days for parts from monoprice/parts express and I want to pay 3x the price to have it then.

  • RW-1

    Not that it may go through, but who cares? If it goes through, T-Mob will be part of ATT … and render this mute.

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      Render it mute? “Can you hear me now?”

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  • Timmah

    Why would DROID-LIFE use the Verizon guy holding an i*hone? I lolled.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Because he is a closet Jobs lover.

    • droidd

      Because this is an article about Verizon Wireless, and the “Test Man” is a prominent and easily-recognizable symbol of their brand. Coincidentally, the most recent (and if I recall correctly, the final) ad campaign in which he was featured was for the iPhone 4.

      Just because this website is called Droid-Life and is Android-centric doesn’t mean that its users (and authors, for that matter) have to possess undue hatred toward a competing platform. I, personally, would rather have the iPhone be completely ignored on this site because of the constant bickering between “fanboys” of either platform and unnecessary put-downs to its undoubtedly successful brand by both users and authors.

      Let’s all stop fighting, and just make Droid-Life an iPhone-free zone!

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    You got questions. They got a book.

  • Anonymous

    the LOVE SHACK baby!

  • Colemanjj616

    This is good news Radio Shack usually has great prices on smartphones.

  • Fallsgable

    I LOVES ME THE SHACK!

    • Fallsgable

      oh…FIRST!

      • Anonymous

        no. you win the verizon guy topless and the i*hone he is holding. i hope you brought protection.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Ahh yes. The ye ol’ shack of radio. 

      • Jeffsandroid

        Damn, I just quit The Shack for a job that doesn’t pay minimum wage. Would’ve loved to sell Verizon, but come on… MINIMUM WAGE!

        • theshackisback

          I are very stupid my friend, I’m a store manager at the shack and was an employee for 2 years I averaged $15 per hour, you make commission if ur not a lazy piece of s**t and how to sell something not just ring up batteries all day.

      • Jeffsandroid

        Damn, I just quit The Shack for a job that doesn’t pay minimum wage. Would’ve loved to sell Verizon, but come on… MINIMUM WAGE!