BlackBerry CEO John Chen has said the company is “not leaving the Devices business”.
He was responding to a Reuters report that quoted him as saying “if I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business”.
Podcast - 9th April 2014
This week's podcast starts with news from Microsoft about an update to its Windows Phone platform and a cost-free OS offer to hardware manufacturers.
There's also a new flagship smartphone from Nokia, a roaming announcement from the European Parliament, a UK virtual mobile network from The Co-operative Group, a change at the top for Mozilla, retail expansion for Vodafone and an awkward end to BlackBerry's relationship with T-Mobile in the USA.
The licence that permits T-Mobile to sell BlackBerry products in the United States won’t be renewed this month, according to the Canadian smartphone company.
Instead it will expire on 25th April 2014.
HTC goes One better
Mark Bridge writes:
“Hey, everybody, we’re releasing a new flagship smartphone that carries all the hopes of the company with it. If this sells well, we could be saved. If not, it could be disaster.”
“Great. What shall we call our new phone?”
“Oh, we’ll give it the same name as the previous model. That’ll be fine.”
The final quarter of BlackBerry’s financial year, which ended on 1st March 2014, saw the company selling around 3.4 million smartphones to end users.
However, it says over two-thirds of these ran on the older BlackBerry 7 platform, which means just 1.1 million were newer BlackBerry 10 smartphones.