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T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’

By on April 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

T-Mobile CEO pens open letter to BlackBerry fans: ‘I’ll always fight for you’

The feud between struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry and scrappy wireless carrier T-Mobile is one that most people probably didn’t even know was taking place. And those who did know at one point have likely long since forgotten about it. If you’re one of the few people still tracking the ongoing fight, however, you were no doubt shocked when the ordeal came to a head earlier this week and BlackBerry decided to sever ties with the carrier, ending its long-standing agreement and preventing T-Mobile from selling new BlackBerry devices beginning later this month. Of course, things didn’t end there. More →

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BlackBerry Kopi Leaked Images

BlackBerry’s unreleased Kopi smartphone shown again in high-quality leaked pics

By on April 3, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

BlackBerry’s unreleased Kopi smartphone shown again in high-quality leaked pics

BlackBerry’s future remains as unclear as ever, but according to CEO John Chen, the one-time mobile giant will continue pumping out new devices as long as there are customers interested in buying them. One of those devices could be BlackBerry’s Kopi, a purportedly cheaper alternative to the high-end smartphones Chen alluded to last month. We revealed the Kopi late last year, and after months of silence, a new batch of high-quality photos have surfaced on Techrum, showcasing the phone from every possible angle. More →

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BlackBerry T-Mobile Discontinue

Beggars can be choosers: BlackBerry dumps T-Mobile following spat

By on April 2, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Beggars can be choosers: BlackBerry dumps T-Mobile following spat

Some might consider holding a grudge while your company is struggling to stage a comeback ill-advised, but BlackBerry took it personally when T-Mobile recently had some fun at its expense. For those who don’t recall, T-Mobile recently offered subscribers a promotion where they would get extra money when trading in their BlackBerry smartphones towards the purchase of a new iPhone. BlackBerry CEO John Chen wasn’t shy in voicing his anger, and T-Mobile responded by rethinking its promotion. As it turns out, the changes didn’t matter and BlackBerry customers still abandoned the platform en masse in favor of Android and the iPhone.

Now, BlackBerry has decided to send T-Mobile a different kind of breakup letter. More →

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BlackBerry BBM Stickers Released

Video: BlackBerry is about to start cashing in on BBM’s success

By on April 1, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Video: BlackBerry is about to start cashing in on BBM’s success

When BlackBerry released BBM for Android and iOS last year, it gave the company a much-needed hit that helped spark hope that the one-time smartphone titan could get a fresh injection of revenue from its popular messaging service. On Tuesday, BlackBerry released a new update for BBM that delivers one of the many ways the company plans to make money from the service: Stickers.  More →

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Why Buy The BlackBerry Z10

Time names BlackBerry Z10 the world’s best ‘fun-sized’ smartphone

By on April 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Time names BlackBerry Z10 the world’s best ‘fun-sized’ smartphone

This is a little bit like Steely Dan winning a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2001, but Time Magazine has named the BlackBerry Z10 as the world’s best “fun-sized” smartphone that wasn’t made by Apple. What is a “fun-sized” smartphone and why is Time listing them? Well with the trend toward bigger devices, many people with small hands might be feeling left out of the fun because they still want a device that measures in at 4.3 inches or fewer. And since many people assume that the only smartphone that measures in at 4.3 inches or less these days is the iPhone 5s, Time has decided to exclude it in its list of the top smaller smartphones. More →

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Why Is BlackBerry Bringing Back The Bold 9900

Video: CEO Chen explains why BlackBerry is raising the ancient Bold 9900 from the dead

By on March 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Video: CEO Chen explains why BlackBerry is raising the ancient Bold 9900 from the dead

We don’t normally see smartphone vendors bring back three-year-old devices just to appease their user base, but then again BlackBerry is anything but normal. In an interview with CBCNews, Chen explained that one reason his company decided to renew manufacturing of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 was because keyboard-loving BlackBerry users rejected many of the changes that BlackBerry made to its keyboard setup with the BlackBerry Q10, particularly its decision to remove the trackpad and command keys from the phone to make room for a larger display.  More →

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BlackBerry Earnings Q4

BlackBerry just can’t win

By on March 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

BlackBerry just can’t win

BlackBerry’s fourth-quarter earnings were better than expected, losing $0.08 per share, compared to the $0.67 loss most analysts were expecting. The company continues to make cost improvements as it tries to turn the company around, something Wall Street has asked for time and time again from the Waterloo, Ontario-based company. However, it’s not good enough, apparently. More →

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BlackBerry Ryan Seacrest Lawsuit

BlackBerry strikes major blow against Seacrest’s copycat keyboard

By on March 31, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

BlackBerry strikes major blow against Seacrest’s copycat keyboard

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest clearly underestimated the awesome power that is BlackBerry. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge William Orrick granted a preliminary injunction against Seacrest’s Typo that will bar the company from selling its $99 iPhone keyboard attachment that BlackBerry alleges infringes on its patents. Orrick said that BlackBerry’s legal team had established a clear “likelihood” that Typo infringed upon BlackBerry’s patents while Typo’s legal team didn’t knock down any of the key patents in suit. BGR reviewed the Typo earlier this year and found that “it’s a well thought out, well designed, well made product by two people who can’t live without their physical keyboard.” Of course, that doesn’t matter too much now since it looks like the Typo is about to become a collector’s item that you’ll only be able to find on eBay.

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BlackBerry Q4 2014 Earnings Analysis

BlackBerry’s long, hard slog back to respectability

By on March 28, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

BlackBerry’s long, hard slog back to respectability

BlackBerry’s fourth-quarter earnings were markedly better than expected, with its loss of $0.08 per share a share significantly better than the consensus estimate of a $0.67 loss per share. At first glance, that would be a huge improvement, but when you drill down further, the company still has a long way to go towards getting anywhere close to where it once was in the mid-2000s.

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New BlackBerry Phones Release Date

BlackBerry to release 3 new high-end devices targeted toward ‘keyboard aficionados’

By on March 28, 2014 at 9:01 AM.

BlackBerry to release 3 new high-end devices targeted toward ‘keyboard aficionados’

As we’ve written before, BlackBerry’s high-end smartphone strategy seems to involve largely ignoring the masses who want touchscreen-only phones and focussing on the keyboard-loving diehards who have helped keep the company afloat in hard times. CrackBerry brings us word that BlackBerry CEO John Chen said during his company’s earnings call on Friday that BlackBerry plans to release three new high-end devices over the next 18 months that will be targeted toward “keyboard aficionados.” As if to emphasize his point, Chen also made sure to tell us that BlackBerry’s focus “is going to be very keyboard centric” when it comes to making its own devices. BlackBerry has had to drastically cut back on producing its own hardware after the first BlackBerry 10 devices were massive flops and the company has outsourced production of cheap low-end BlackBerry phones to manufacturer Foxconn. BlackBerry sold only 1.1 million smartphones last quarter so it looks like its user base is shrinking down to a small but loyal group of diehards.

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BlackBerry BBM Monthly Active Users

The good news for BlackBerry: BBM is still a huge hit

By on March 28, 2014 at 8:39 AM.

The good news for BlackBerry: BBM is still a huge hit

Although BlackBerry posted a much narrower loss than analysts expected last quarter, this piece of good news was somewhat offset by the fact that the company’s revenues missed expectations and dropped below $1 billion. That said, there is one bright spot for the company that’s unblemished by any dark clouds for the moment: The success of BBM. On the company’s earnings call on Friday, the company said that BBM now had 115 million registered users and 85 million monthly active users, which shows BBM is still growing from the quarter before when it had an estimated 80 million monthly active users. More →

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BlackBerry Q4 2014 Earnings

BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion

By on March 28, 2014 at 7:06 AM.

BlackBerry Q4 loss much narrower than expected but revenue sinks below $1 billion

BlackBerry’s last earnings report was truly a thing of spellbinding horror as the company had just taken down its “for sale” sign and posted earnings of -$0.67 per share on $1.2 billion in revenue. The consensus estimate for this past quarter was that BlackBerry would post a net loss of $0.56 per share on $1.13 billion in revenue and the company on Friday beat expectations by posting an EPS of -$0.08 on $976 million in revenue. The revenue decline is potentially worrisome for BlackBerry because it represents a 64% year-over-year decline from Q4 2013 and a sequential decline of 18% from Q3 2014. BlackBerry is also still burning through its cash pile at an unhealthy clip, as its $2.7 billion in cash represents a $500 million decline from the $3.2 billion in cash it had at the end of Q3 2014.  More →

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