BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company is not going to get out of the devices business, despite giving an interview in which he indicated that it might be a possibility.
Two days after BlackBerry said it will soon cut sales ties with T-Mobile US, the carrier said it is offering its existing BlackBerry customers a $100 credit toward any new device, including the BlackBerry Q10 or the Z10. T-Mobile said the offer is good through the end of the year.
BlackBerry is essentially going to sever ties with T-Mobile US just weeks after the two companies' CEOs got into a spat over T-Mobile promoting the iPhone to its BlackBerry customers. The development represents a severe escalation, although relations between the companies have been souring since last year.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said he is feeling good about the company's turnaround prospects despite continued financial losses, sagging revenues and weaker smartphone shipments.
Almost all T-Mobile US customers who traded in their BlackBerry phones during a recent promotion switched to another smartphone platform, according to a blog post from TMoNews.
BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially unveiled the company's next two smartphones, a mid-range touchscreen phone called the Z3 and another mid-tier phone with a physical Qwerty keyboard called the Q20.
T-Mobile US is offering its existing BlackBerry customers up to $250 in credit if they upgrade to a new BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 phone. If the carrier's existing BlackBerry customers choose to upgrade to a different device, including an Android phone or an iPhone, the carrier said it would give them $200 in credit.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen struck back hard at T-Mobile US for sending a promotion to the carriers BlackBerry customers urging them to switch from BlackBerry to an iPhone 5s. Chen said he was "outraged" over the promotion and puzzled as to why BlackBerry was not informed of the promotion beforehand.
BlackBerry said on Monday that Andrew Bocking, the executive vice president of its BlackBerry Messenger business, left the company, the latest in a series of executive departures at the firm.
BlackBerry shares fell 3 percent Thursday following a clarification by the Department of Defense that it did not, in fact, order 80,000 new BlackBerry phones, as some reports claimed earlier in the week. The original reports sent BlackBerry shares soaring up as much as 5 percent.