New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry divisio
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben will leave the struggling smartphone maker, and James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as chief financial officer, said CEO and executive chair John Chen.
Replacements for Tear and Boulben were not named.
BlackBerry also announced today that Roger Martin, a board member since 2007, has resigned.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
London – BlackBerry has collaborated with Porsche Design to produce a luxury smartphone that will retail for $2,350 through Porsche Design stores in the U.S. beginning Nov. 21.
The Porsche Design P'9982 smartphone from BlackBerry is an unlocked full-touch phone that can be used on GSM-based 4G LTE and 4G networks around the world, a spokesperson told TWICE.
Waterloo, Ontario – Embattled smartphone maker BlackBerry took itself off the market but will raise $1 billion from institutional investors and is getting new leadership.
BlackBerry took itself off the market after a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings did not finalize a tentative bid to take the company private. Today was also the deadline for receiving any competing bids, which apparently also did not materialize.
Bedminster, N.J. – Verizon Wireless became the first national carrier to commit to selling the BlackBerry Z30 with 5-inch HD display, but only through its online store beginning in November.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry will begin rolling out its updated BlackBerry 10 version 10.2 through carriers in many parts of the world this week, but a U.S. rollout won’t come until sometime this winter, the company said.
The update works with the company’s BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5 smartphones. The latter isn’t available in the U.S.
Waterloo, Ontario – BlackBerry is trying to boost is handset sales in the U.S. by allowing consumers to buy unlocked phones direct from the company at ShopBlackBerry.com.
The first models available unlocked are the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, which come in both black and white. The smartphones are SIM-unlocked, allowing customers to use them on the GSM-based 4G LTE and 4G networks of AT&T and T-Mobile and other countries around the world.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry will go private under a proposed deal in which a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings will buy BlackBerry for about $4.7 billion.
Fairfax, which already owns about 10 percent of BlackBerry's common shares, signed a letter of intent to buy BlackBerry and has six weeks to perform due diligence. Fairfax would get a termination fee if BlackBerry accepts another offer in the meantime.
Waterloo, Canada – BlackBerry’s decision to focus on the enterprise and prosumer markets could give rivals a minor market-share boost given BlackBerry’s IDC-estimated 3 percent share of the North American consumer-smartphone market.
New York – BlackBerry is reportedly going to lay off 4,500 employees and write off a record amount of inventory when it announces is fiscal second quarter financial Friday, Sept. 27.
According to Bloomberg and other published reports, BlackBerry will report a loss for the quarter of close to $995 million on sales of $1.6 billion.