One of RIM's Hardware Makers to Stop Making BlackBerries
Celestica, an original device manufacturer that has for years built BlackBerries, servers, and other hardware for Research In Motion, will "wind down" its manufacturing services for RIM. The company said in a statement that the transition away from RIM's products will take three to six months to complete, and it expects to take a restructuring charge of less than $35 million. Last month, RIM warned that it will have to write-down $1 billion of inventory of unsold BlackBerry smartphones, which indicates it has a significant surplus of hardware at the moment.
BlackBerry to Cease Monthly Updates for the Priv, Launch Trade-Up Program
BlackBerry said this week that it will no longer provide monthly system and security updates to its BlackBerry Priv smartphone. The company originally committed to providing updates for a period of two years.
Microsoft to Slash 7,800 Jobs, Restructure Phone Biz
Microsoft today announced significant job cuts and plans to restructure its mobile phone business unit. The company will eliminate 7,800 jobs, mostly from its phone business, and streamline its portfolio of smartphones.
Jolla Announces First Sailfish OS Licensee
Jolla today said Intex Technologies from India will license Sailfish OS and make smartphones with the platform. Earlier this month, Finland-based Jolla broke its company into two entities: one for the Sailfish operating system, and a second for creating hardware.
TCL to Be Sole Maker of BlackBerry Phones
BlackBerry today said moving forward TCL Communications, the parent company of Alcatel, will be responsible for designing, manufacturing, selling, and supporting all BlackBerry-branded smartphones. The companies struck an agreement that sees TCL licensing BlackBerry's security software and service suite along with the BlackBerry brand.
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Doesn't Sound Good
I guess they could take a smaller lose by offering them to prepaid and smaller regional carriers at a discounted rate. Hell, even the larger carriers could push these devices as a smart phone on pay-as-you-go plans.
prepaid, 3rd world markets? all good ideas
With so many devices unsold, what are they going to do with them, especially with them trying to push out new devices running Blackberry OS 10?
I guess they could take a smaller lose by offering them to prepaid and
But I think the main problem selling handsets is simply the fact that Blackberry ent...