Weekly Contest - Jumping Ship

The Curve is out, and the masses elated. There remains one subtle little conflict beneath it all, though. AT&T still has a vice-grip on the BlackBerry 8300 for the next 90 days, and plenty of Americans are on other carriers. With the iPhone around the corner, you’ll be seeing even longer carrier exclusivity. While this may all seem standard practice, is it good standard practice? When the bulk of sales tie customers down for two years, the system isn’t a short-term, limited monopoly either. So, BBCoolers far and wide, this week we ask: is a shiny new device enough to get you to jump ship from one carrier to another? Does hardware trump service, or is it worth the wait? Do you hold any loyalty to your carrier, or is all fair in love and the wireless industry?

We’ve got two weeks worth of winners to announce! Everyone who told us what was going on with last week’s Curve release will get a free game from Magmic, so shoot us an e-mail at info at blackberrycool. Back to Blacklash, our winner is Kyle S., who weighed in a broad variety of the costs of the BlackBerry lifestyle, and put the impetus on end-users to adapt to the technology we ask for. Kyle, contact us at your leisure to get your copy of Curse and Bass Assassin 2. Winners this week will get Magmic’s recently-release Deer Hunter 2. Just imagine you’re hunting a Curve.

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JJ June 2nd, 2007 at 12:03 pm

Even with an exclusivity right, I wish companies like T-Mobile would be smart enough to announce plans of phones in the future to assuage their customers and prevent such losses as those “jumping ship.” I also feel as though T-Mobile customers in general should feel slighted by the fact that AT&T is grabbing up all these exclusives on the hottest phones. They deserve to lose more customers to other carriers if those cariers consistantly outperform and please their customers. There’s more to this than just stellar customer service…especially when the services you’re getting are for sub-par phones and months too late.

BlackBerry Cool » iPhone releases on June 29th. June 4th, 2007 at 8:12 am

[…] For those of you with excessively deep pockets and not getting a BlackBerry 8300, the iPhone’s set to land on June 29th. While the argument’s been made that the two products are targeting different markets, I can’t help but wonder how much the Curve’s earlier release will bite into iPhone sales. Sure, the diehard fans will hold out for the iPhone, but any casual consumer in the market for a next generation smartphone could easily see the 8300 and think “Hmm, it’s out now and it’s a few hundred bucks cheaper. Sold.” Of course, AT&T is getting your money one way or another. […]

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