Leaked documents show RadioShack to become carrier with Cricket Wireless
RadioShack has been in the news and one notable story had them breaking up the relationship they had with T-Mobile to sell their smart phones. That break up took effect on September 15th last year and it made one wonder what the impact was going to be on the company. The recent revenue information seems to show that the company is in a slide and there needs to be something to turn things around for them. Based on rumors and leaked documents, it seems that RadioShack is going to enter the market as a wireless carrier through a partnership with Cricket Wireless. And that is going to redefine their image from how they are currently viewed.
Sources for this story are continuing to increase, but the primary source for this looks to be Engadget where they are showing a screen shot they received. In that picture, it clearly show RadioShack Mobile which is going to be providing RadioShack No Contract Wireless services to customers. This is currently being displayed with the HTC One V and that is a great start for them to be offering services with.
This is all still speculation at the moment because of a single unconfirmed source of the information. It does make a lot of sense for RadioShack to reinvent themselves into something far different than what they have been known for in the past. Even Best Buy is reinventing themselves with a mobile focus. If this is accurate and RadioShack is going to be getting into the wireless carrier business, they are well positioned with over 7,300 stores in the US. That gives them a large exposure to sell their no contract phones.
All of this still has a ways to go before it could become a reality. Since Cricket Wireless uses Sprint’s wireless network, there are the obvious support issues and whether there might be confusion with RadioShack No Contract Wireless customers trying to resolve connection problems. There is no mention of any dates in any of the information nor specific details about what RadioShack might be charging for this service. Numbers starting at $25 per month seems to be going around and if correct would provide an alternative for no contract services.
For the moment, this is an exciting rumor regarding the future for RadioShack. Now we have to wait to see if this is going to be taking place. Expect to hear more by early October if RadioShack wants to tap into holiday sales.