Best Buy Gives Up on European Expansion
Best Buy will sell its 50% stake in Carphone Warehouse back to the company for about $775 million. Best Buy partnered with Carphone Warehouse back in 2008, with Best Buy investing in Carphone Warehouse's European operations and Carphone Warehouse investing in Best Buy's U.S. operations. The original intent was to allow each company to expand in the other's market. The partnership never bore any fruit. Best Buy bought Carphone Warehouse out of its U.S. joint venture in 2011. The deal is now coming full circle, as Carphone Warehouse will buy Best Buy out of its European stake, leaving Best Buy to focus on its U.S. operations and Carphone Warehouse to focus on its U.K. operations. Best Buy has been hit by sagging sales at its U.S. big box retail stores, though it has opened a number of smaller, mobile-focused outlets. Carphone Warehouse today also said it would close all its stores in France.
Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier
Jun 21, 2017
Virgin Mobile USA, which is owned and operated by Sprint, transformed itself today into new provider much more closely aligned with the Virgin brand. Significantly, Virgin Mobile USA is now an iPhone-only carrier, meaning Apple's iPhones are the only phones Virgin will sell moving forward.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
May 3, 2017
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Sprint Takes Control of 100 Stores from Dixons Carphone
Jun 9, 2017
Sprint today said it will acquire 100 retail stores that it has operated in partnership with Dixons Carphone since last year. The two companies created a joint venture in February 2016 that relied on retail know-how from Dixons Carphone to sell Sprint goods and services.
Sprint Expands Retail Deal with Dixons Carphone to 500 Stores
Feb 29, 2016
Sprint today announced a joint venture between it and Dixons Carphone to open 500 Sprint stores around the U.S. The joint venture follows a pilot program the two companies launched last year that saw them test Dixons' best practices in some 20 Sprint stores.
LG X Venture Delivers Inexpensive, Rugged Performance
May 22, 2017
LG today announced the X venture, an affordable Android smartphone that can take a beating. The phone has an IP68 rating for protection against water and dust, and a mil-spec 810g rating for durability against drops, bumps, scrapes, and other abuse.
BB whatever you think of them, had good and bad experiences with them, as of late, positive. But their mobile phone division is one of the few gems, no headgames like other non carrier owned resellers and many times beat the corporate stores with the same service, and superior extended warrenties handled by them, if one is inclined to use that option.