Today Radioshack and T-Mobile announced that the Shack is officially now selling T-Mobile devices and services. The Shack will carry most of T-Mobile's post-paid phones, including devices such as the BlackBerry Curve 8900; the Samsung T239, Comeback, Gravity 2, and Behold; the Sony Ericsson TM506; and the HTC myTouch 3G. T-Mobile phones and service will be available at some 4,000 Radioshack stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
I work for an authorized dealer Right up the hall from "The Shack" and honestly, I'm not all that threatened by T-mobiles presence there.
Don't get me wrong, I love Radio Shack, been shopping there since I was a kid, and I did a one year stint as an employee. I believe they might sell a few phones, but the salespeople just aren't trained to sell.
As direct competition to "the shack" though, I actually like the idea i feel like it is going to solidify T-mobile as a major competitor in the minds of more people, thus making my job easier!
obviously the mall you work in has a bad manager running the radioshack. most radiosahck associates are trained to be sales beasts. live it up while you can, if they ever put a decent manager in there ... (continues)
I think this is another attempt at radio shack, sorry, THE Shack, to hang in the brick and mortar retail arena. I worked for them back in 2004/2005 and I could really see things starting to shift back then. Why they let go of Verizon (who paid WAY WAY more than sprint per new activation/upgrade) still escapes me. Maybe someone can fill me in on that. But beyond that point, they are trying to compete with the likes of Best Buy and Walmart in the consumer electronics market, and frankly, they just can't. No matter how much research one does on a particular product, there simply is no replacement for going into a store and holding the product in your hands. You can never see how good the picture quality really is, or how it feels, or if y... (continues)
radioshack selling tmobile phones is a good thing. their stores may be small, but there generaly within a 5 minute drive from where people live, and since they are not usually packed like a madhouse like most bigger stores people preffer to go into th... (continues)
Radio Shack is about the only place I know of to get spy equipment, like motion sensing cameras, night vision, voice recorders and CB radios, emergency equipment. I love Radio Shack for that, they also have almost any wire or stereo adapter you can think of, their memory (usb stick, sd cards) are so dang cheap! When they sell T-Mobile I will be their friends. I will be going there for every annoying question I have. I will also go their just to talk about how cool T-Mobile is and waste the time of the non busy employees. They see me on a regular basis.
Cellphones hsve become vastly mainstream and Smartphones increasingly as well. So as consumers become more intuitive with their devices as they have with PCs, more purchasing will be done at this level as opposed to corporate stores. Convenience and price will then come as a package deal.
I don't know. One thing I've observed working in the cellular industry on the retail side of it is that less people are inclined to going to 3rd party dealers. When I started in 2007, it happened left and right, because people wanted a deal. But as ti... (continues)