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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.
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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.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry unveiled its Z30 full-touch smartphone, which is the company’s first smartphone with a 5-inch touchscreen and first with upgraded BlackBerry 10.2 OS.
The phone rolls out beginning next week in the U.K. and Middle East followed by all other regions “going into the holiday season,” the company said. The BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2 will be available for existing BlackBerry 10 smartphones beginning in mid-October depending on carrier approval, the company added.
Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint will become the last of the four national carriers to offer a BlackBerry 10 OS smartphone on Friday when a Sprint-network BlackBerry Q10 becomes available at $199 with contract.
The phone, however, won’t be stocked by any brick-and-mortar stores. Sprint will offer the LTE-equipped device on its website and through its telemarketing staff, and consumers who want to buy it in Sprint stores or in indirect-channel stores will be able to order it through those locations for shipment to their homes, a spokesperson said.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry’s board is exploring joint ventures, strategic partnerships, the possible sale of the company, and other strategic alternatives “to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment,” the company announced.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry reported higher sales, but posted a loss and said it would drop tablet development.
BlackBerry revenues rose 9 percent to $3.1 billion in the company’s first fiscal quarter ended June 1, compared with the year-ago period. But it posted a net loss of $84 million compared with fourth-quarter net income of $94 million and third-quarter net income of $14 million. The quarter’s losses are still better than the year-ago net loss of $518 million.
New York – The U.S. rollout of BlackBerry’s Q10 smartphone continues with Verizon Wireless offering the QWERTY keyboard device online and through indirect channels beginning today after AT&T yesterday began taking online preorders for June 18 shipment. The Q10 will be in Verizon’s stores June 10.
T-Mobile’s version of the Q10 became available June 5 through its stores and select indirect dealers.