BlackBerry Hangs Up On T-Mobile
BlackBerry today announced it will not renew T-Mobile's license to sell BlackBerry handsets when the current agreement expires on April 25. BlackBerry said its existing T-Mobile customers will not see any change in their level of service or support. The company also noted that it is working with other U.S. carriers to make sure T-Mobile customers can transition seamlessly if they wish to continue using BlackBerries for the long term. "BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years. Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers," said BlackBerry CEO John Chen. "We hope to work with T-Mobile again in the future when our business strategies are aligned." T-Mobile recently ran a promotion that encouraged BlackBerry users to trade in their BlackBerries for other new smartphones. BlackBerry's Chen was not happy about the promotion, and said as much in a scathing blog post.
BlackBerry All But Gives Up On Smartphones
BlackBerry CEO John S. Chen said the company plans to reduce the number of handsets it makes each year to one or two.
BlackBerry CEO Says Smartphone Biz Is On a Timer
John S. Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, admitted that its recent handsets have not sold as well as he hoped.
BlackBerry CEO Says 2016 May Be Last Year for Smartphones
BlackBerry CEO John S. Chen today said its smartphone business needs to generate a profit in 2016, "Otherwise, I have to think twice about what I do there." Chen's comments offer more insight into BlackBerry's frame of mind regarding smartphones.
T-Mobile to Sell BlackBerry Classic May 13
T-Mobile today said it would make the BlackBerry Classic smartphone available to customers beginning May 13. The Classic has been sold by other carriers for months.
BlackBerry Wins $815M from Qualcomm for Overpaying Royalties
BlackBerry today said it received a favorable outcome after arbitrating a royalty payment issue with Qualcomm. The two companies entered into arbitration on April 20, 2016, over a dispute concerning "whether Qualcomm's agreement to cap certain royalties applied to payments made by BlackBerry under a license agreement between the parties." The binding arbitration settlement determined that Qualcomm's agreement did in fact apply to such payments, resulting in BlackBerry paying Qualcomm too much money.
T-Mobile insults its partner, so Blackberry insults its users
But all carriers stink. They've all been rats on and off (mostly on), and customers are already stuck picking the lesser evil for their needs.
So now Blackberry is throwing a revenge fit in a way which limits the already-crummy selection of carriers for people who want to use Blackberries. Their own users are treated like pawns in the revenge game.
Now he's putting the nails in the coffin himself.