Effective September 14, 2011, Radio Shack will stop selling T-Mobile products and services and begin selling Verizon Wireless postpaid and prepaid products and services on September 15. Radio Shack has 4,300 retail stores nationwide and believes that by carrying the nation’s largest wireless carrier’s products, Radio Shack will be able to offer more products to their customers. T-Mobile customers may be disappointed that they will soon not be able to purchase products from Radio Shack, but on the other hand, I am sure Verizon Wireless customers are happy to see another option when it comes to purchasing smartphones, featurephones, or any other products. Again, you won’t see any changes involving T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless until mid-September.
The full press release can be read below:
FORT WORTH, Texas, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — RadioShack Corporation (NYSE: RSH),a leading national retailer of innovative mobile and technology products, services and accessories, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, to provide postpaid and prepaid wireless products and services in RadioShack’s company-operated stores nationwide beginning Sept. 15, 2011. The Company also announced that it will cease offering T-Mobile wireless products and services in its company-operated stores effective Sept. 14, 2011.
RadioShack expects to launch Verizon Wireless products and services, including top-selling handsets, in more than 4,300 U.S. company-operated stores and through its website, www.RadioShack.com, beginning Sept. 15.
Jim Gooch, president and chief executive officer of RadioShack Corporation, commented on the new Verizon Wireless agreement, stating, “This is a substantial win for our customers, as this relationship with the nation’s largest wireless provider will further enhance our position as a leading multi-carrier wireless retailer. The addition of Verizon Wireless, in combination with our existing carrier partners, positions us to now offer the best assortment of carriers, rate plans, devices and accessories for every consumer need.”
Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, said, “We view this as an opportunity to substantially extend our customer reach at a time when our portfolio of mobile products has never been more exciting. RadioShack has a long track record of providing customers with quality products and services in convenient locations around the country, and we are delighted to join with them on this venture.”