Veteran smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry says it’s moving away from producing its own handsets and will instead license its software to other companies.
The first deal is with an Indonesian partner, BB Merah Putih, which is led by a leading telecommunications distributor in Indonesia.
BlackBerry is expanding its BBM Money mobile payment service to smartphones running Android and Apple iOS from early 2015.
It was launched in Indonesia last year, enabling customers to make real-time payments to any BBM contacts who have signed up to the service.
New Foxconn-produced handset is targeted at Indonesian market
Slightly later than originally anticipated, BlackBerry has formally launched its BlackBerry Z3 Jakarta Edition smartphone.
It’ll go on sale from Thursday this week at an official price of IDR 2,199,000. (£114).
BlackBerry has revealed details of two new smartphones during Mobile World Congress 2014 this week.
The forthcoming BlackBerry Q20, which is due to become available during the second half of this year, will offer a QWERTY keyboard as well as physical buttons for ‘menu’, ‘back’, ‘send’ and ‘end’. There’ll be a trackpad for navigation as well as a 3.5-inch touchscreen.
Person-to-person money transfers available via BBM in Indonesia
Indonesian financial institution PermataBank has joined forces with BlackBerry and mobile money specialist Monitise to launch BBM Money.
This pilot scheme will let customers set up a mobile money account from their BlackBerry smartphone and make real-time payments to any BBM contacts who have also signed up to the service.