I played basketball yesterday with a friend who runs a Verizon Store and I asked him how that Buy One BlackBerry, Get Another BlackBerry Free sale is going and his exact words were…
It is working like a champ. We are moving those things hand over fist and we cannot keep Storms or Curves in the store. I think we are doing better this run than we did when we ran the BOGO on just the Curve.
This is very anecdotal and only the opinion of one person but I would be willing to bet that other Verizon store employees have similar anecdotes.
I was in a VZW store the past wekeend to add my girlfriend onto my family plan (she got my Storm and I got a Tour) and there were definitely a lot of people there scooping up BlackBerries left and right. Seems almost weird to think about a “dumb” featurephone at this point when BB’s are so cheap (and the featurephones require a data plan themselves anyway).
“when BB’s are so cheap”
Not sure big reds “BOGO sale” is helping RIM or peoples perception of the value of BB’s or the BB service with verizon’s desperate cry’s of BOGO free marketing games.
“when BB’s are so cheap”
To be completely honest, I doubt that Verizon had any deliberate intention to, or, not to “help RIM or peoples perception of the value of BB’s or the BB service” when they expanded upon a BOGO program that has already placed the BlackBerry Curve on the top of the hill when it comes to the most popular smartphones.
Verizon doesn’t make money selling BlackBerry devices. They do, however, make dump truck loads of it, collecting on the two year service agreements that subscribers sign up to when they buy BlackBerry devices from Verizon.
You call Verizon’s BOGO sale a “desperate cry free marketing game”. I call it a brilliant marketing move that organically increases subscriber rate on the what most consider to be the strongest U.S. based network that enjoys the most loyal customers with the least amount of churn.
I guess we will just have to agree to disagree…
“what most” have the perception “to be the strongest U.S. based network” since that what big red tells people.
“The network that enjoys the most loyal customers with the least amount of churn” using cdma technology which gives off the highest in radiation too boot. Talk about a double dose of being uninformed.
The Environmental Working Group 9/2009:
EWG’s List of Highest Radiation Phones:
1. Motorola MOTO VU204 [Verizon Wireless]
3. Kyocera Jax S1300 [Virgin Mobile]
4. Blackberry Curve 8330 [Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS]
5. Motorola W385 [U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless]
7. Motorola C290 [Sprint, Kajeet]
8. Motorola i335 [Sprint]
9. Motorola MOTO VE240 [Cricket, MetroPCS]
10. Blackberry Bold 9000 [AT&T]
Come on RIM we all know Moto is crap but why are there two BB’s on that top ten list of shame?
Sure we will just have to agree to disagree, but it is not as black and white as some claim or perceive things to be.
“when BB’s are so cheap” is not good for RIM
BOGO giving verizon higher BB numbers while pushing “when BB’s are so cheap” is not good for RIM.
2 RIM handsets being on the radiation top 10 list is not a good thing for RIM.
Even though I have not seen an analyst report in the last 4 or 5 years that didn’t have Verizon on the top of the list for customer satisfaction and least amount of churn I won’t argue that point.
What, in the world, however, do radiation levels of of CDMA BlackBerry devices have to do with Verizon’s BOGO sale and if it is a good idea for them?
hey just ignore him robb just, another talking food who likes the sound of his fingers hitting the keyboard !!! It is a very smart move for Verizon and actually if you pay attention it also be verizon’s way of making room for new RIM and other handsets. And sorry but they do have the best handset …. 9/11 was the best example for me … it worked and i was in downtown Manhattan on that tragic day… may we never forget those souls lost !!!