BlackBerry chief executive John Chen turned to the official BlackBerry blog yesterday to dispel a new round of rumors that the company will disband its hardware business or go on sale again any time soon.
According to Chen, the embattled smartphone maker may be in the middle of an epic fight for its own survival, but they will indeed continue to fight.
“I want to assure you that I have no intention of selling off or abandoning this business any time soon,” Chen says. “I know you still love your BlackBerry devices. I love them too and I know they created the foundation of this company. Our focus today is on finding a way to make this business profitable.”
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More bad news for BlackBerry this week. The embattled Canadian smartphone marker is no longer in business with T-Mobile, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the United States.
T-Mobile will stop selling BlackBerry products later this month.
MMW has confirmed that all BlackBerry sales for T-Mobile subscribers will end April 25th. However, if you’re a BlackBerry owner currently on T-Mobile, you won’t be shut out. Customers will still have service and retain access to product support in the future.
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Apparently, the U.S. military is on high alert with regard to BlackBerry.
In particular, the US Air Force has announced plans to swap out approximately 5,000 BlackBerry devices in favor of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
According to published reports over the weekend, this latest move on the part of military officials is the next step in the largely unavoidable retirement of all BlackBerry products used in an official capacity by USAF personnel.
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As the first full week of 2014 gets underway, predictions of what the new year will bring to the world of mobile are rolling out at a fast clip.
Not surprisingly, however, many of the trends observed in 2013 are expected to continue well into 2014 and beyond.
One of these patterns involves Apple picking up more of BlackBerry’s slack on enterprise mobility. Bill Seibel, founder of Mobiquity, recently shared with Forbes his expectations for Apple’s enterprise power-play.
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It’s another black eye for BlackBerry.
On Friday, the embattled Canadian smartphone maker reported losses totaling $4.4 billion and a 56 percent decline in revenue for its fiscal third quarter.
BlackBerry’s loss of 67 cents per share also missed Street expectations of a 46-cent per-share loss.
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Two more longtime BlackBerry executives have left the embattled Canadian smartphone-maker.
We learned late Monday that the latest resignations represent the fifth and sixth top executive departures in as many weeks.
Rick Costanzo, executive vice president for global sales, and Chris Wormald, vice president for Strategic Alliances, are both out at BlackBerry, having voluntarily stepped down to pursue other endeavors.
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This is the first time – and hopefully the last time – MMW has mentioned Justin Bieber. But invoking the pop star’s name is not without mobile merit today. Just ask the folks at BlackBerry.
This week, an in-depth look at the rise and fall of BlackBerry (a must-read piece from BusinessWeek) exposes how the iPhone, and not BlackBerry, ultimately won the heart of Justin Bieber.
Several years ago, we’re told, Justin Bieber wanted to be BlackBerry’s official “brand ambassador.” That’s the new admission from Vincent Washington, a senior business development manager at BlackBerry (from 2001 through 2011).
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