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Mobile Providers Are Increasingly Selling Devices in Strange Places

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Increasingly, wireless providers are selling their devices in places you wouldn’t expect people to purchase them. The most recent example of this is a 7 year deal struck by Mobilicity with 7-Eleven in which the provider’s phones will be sold in the chain’s convenience stores in three Canadian cities. Who walks in to a 7-Eleven for a Slurpee and walks out with a Bold 9700?

There are several similar stories like the Mobilicity deal. Wind Mobile partnered with Blockbuster to offer mobile devices in movie rental outlets. Rogers sells devices in Shoppers Drug Mart and Bell and Telus sell devices in Black’s retail outlets. Even the grocery store chain Loblaws is beginning to sell mobile phones.

Other places you can purchase a BlackBerry include Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart etc.

So where did you buy your BlackBerry? Would you ever buy one at a grocery store or 7-Eleven?

Blockbuster coming to the handheld?

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BlockbusterYeah, there’s a lot to be desired when it comes to watching movies on mobile, but movie rental powerhouse Blockbuster is testing the waters, with BlackBerry in particular. By using their recently-acquired Movielink digital movie service, Blockbuster CEO James Keyes was able to throw a flick onto a memory card and pop it into his BlackBerry. All of the hassle of sideloading hasn’t gone unnoticed, as he readily admits “The challenge is how do I make this convenient for everybody”. Streaming video support is available in OS 4.3, and combined with a solid 3G connection, renting a movie while on the fly doesn’t seem entirely out of the question. Technical possibility aside, selling the idea to consumers is going to be the tricky part. How many people want to spend more than an hour staring at a two-inch screen?