Dish Network is apparently planning to use what’s left of Blockbuster’s brick-and-mortar stores to sell phones to the users. Blockbuster has recently started selling phones on its website using the name “Blockbuster Mobile,” offering a number of different devices from few carriers, including Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket, TracFone and NET10. And according to Bloomberg’s unnamed sources, some of these devices may end up in Blockbuster’s 850 retail locations.
Dish Network on its end has been acquiring wireless airwaves left and right, and is apparently preparing to launch its own mobile service. In the meantime, I guess their idea is to promote Blockbuster as place where you can buy phones.
And while we don’t have anything against new entrant to this space — quite the contrary — we do wonder whether Dish has a chance to compete with the big boys like AT&T and Verizon which operate some 4,000 stores across the country. What do you think?