blackberry-rimStruggling BlackBerry got another piece of bad news this week when T-Mobile USA — the country’s fourth largest wireless carrier — said that it will stop carrying BlackBerry devices at its stores.

Reuters reports that Verizon and AT&T continue to sell BlackBerry devices at retail, and that T-Mobile will continue to ship devices to customers.

“The T-Mobile retail channel is moving toward fulfillment via direct ship for BlackBerry devices, rather than in-store inventory,” a T-Mobile spokesperson told CNET. “A customer will still see a phone on the shelf. If inventory is not available in the store, the device can be ordered.”

Meanwhile, Reuters also reports that the $4.7 billion private equity bid for BlackBerry from Fairfax Financial Holdings and others may not materialize. The company, which has struggled to compete with Samsung and Apple, now has a market value of $4.2 billion.

This chart from IDC shows some of the challenges facing BlackBerry:


In other news, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter told Reuters this week that more consolidation could occur in the wireless market, and he suggested that a deal with Sprint could inevitably occur.

“It’s the logical ultimate combination,” he told Reuters, not commenting specifically on whether talks had occurred between the two companies. “It is not a question of if but a question of when there is further consolidation in our industry.”

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  • Viet Nguyen

    Amazing how quickly the mobile market shifts. You can get whiplash just trying to keep up with it.

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