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Report: Blockbuster Stores Might Start Selling Phones

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 14 comments

To say that Blockbuster struggled to cope with the dawn of the digital era would be an understatement. Under new ownership, it seems the company is preparing to branch out in an effort to boost revenue. According to Bloomberg, the ailing video rental store, which was acquired by Dish in 2011, may soon sell phones in its stores.

Bloomberg this week cites two people with knowledge of the matter that say Blockbuster will soon start selling mobile phones in its stores as a test for Dish's planned entry into the wireless business. The company already sells mobile phones via its website, but apparently has plans to bring the "Blockbuster Mobile" brand to 850 of its brick-and-mortar locations.

Bloomberg suggests the move could be preparation for Dish's plans to start its own wireless service. Though the company recently acquired a significant amount of wireless spectrum but has not yet heard back from the FCC on how it is allowed to use these newly-acquired wireless airwaves.

Dish bought Blockbuster in April of last year, agreeing to pay $322 million in cash and assume $87 million in liabilities. The company also purchased DBSD and Terrestar and made a failed bid for Hulu.

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    whiteodian , December 6, 2012 7:11 PM
    As if there weren't enough places to buy cellphones nowadays. Maybe they will specialize in non-contract devices.
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    zzz_b , December 6, 2012 7:20 PM
    Next in line are the Dollar Tree stores selling phones.

    Love the picture, saying "NOW OPEN". They should change it to "STILL OPEN (FOR NOW)" :) 
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    azathoth , December 6, 2012 7:28 PM
    ...Good luck with THAT.
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    g00fysmiley , December 6, 2012 7:38 PM
    hmm they better have somethign to differentiate themselves because... there are already alot odf low and high end wireless companies .. though they do usually run on the major 4 networks, here's hopign they aren't on the spritn network though ... so many fractional carries paying less money than actual sprint customers.. makes a guys want to go to a third party carrior as its the same service for less
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2012 8:13 PM
    I didnt even know there were still Blockbuster stores to sell anything...
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    Max Collodi , December 6, 2012 9:14 PM
    soldier2013I didnt even know there were still Blockbuster stores to sell anything...

    All the ones in my area closed years ago.
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    A Bad Day , December 6, 2012 9:38 PM
    Blockbuster taking punishments like a man...

    I haven't seen one open for a while, and I do travel a lot.
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    bigshootr8 , December 6, 2012 10:24 PM
    EVEN if you wanted a phone wouldn't think think Blockbuster would be the last place youd visit
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    sykozis , December 7, 2012 1:29 AM
    soldier2013I didnt even know there were still Blockbuster stores to sell anything...

    I've got 3 of them within 10 miles of my house...
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    Kami3k , December 7, 2012 2:15 AM
    sykozisI've got 3 of them within 10 miles of my house...

    So the only 3 left open is in one area?
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    Gundam288 , December 7, 2012 3:10 AM
    One question Jane. How old is that picture?
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    JMcEntegart , December 7, 2012 3:29 AM
    Gundam288One question Jane. How old is that picture?

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    teaser , December 7, 2012 10:08 AM
    blockbuster is so behind the times,i bet they are flip phones.....
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , December 7, 2012 5:57 PM
    I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter. Blockbuster could give away phones and nobody would care.