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Verizon, BlackBerry Offer Enterprises $150 Credit to Upgrade Devices

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 3:01pm
Ben Munson

Verizon and BlackBerry together are offering a $150 bill credit to enterprises for each legacy device they upgrade to a BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

In a short promotional video, the companies confirm the credit can be used to buy BlackBerry technical support services, sign up for BBM Protected, or anything else enterprises have in mind. It appears the credit can be applied on a fairly large scale—the video points out that 1,000 upgraded devices means $150,000 in credit.

The deal applies to the BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and Z30 and requires new two-year service commitments, as well as activation fees of $35 or more. No details on if the upcoming BlackBerry Passport will factor into the deal.

A report today indicates BlackBerry could have as many as four new smartphones in the pipeline for 2014. If that’s the case, this offer with Verizon could be an attempt to clear out some stock before new phones launch.

In addition, BlackBerry is offering free licenses and free technical support through Jan. 31, 2015 to enterprises that switch over to BlackBerry Enterprise Services.

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