On Thursday, it was BlackBerry partner Jabil Circuit's time to disassociate itself from the floundering Canadian OEM. During a conference call with Wall Street analysts to discuss its latest quarterly earnings report, Jabil CEO Mark Mondello said that the company was working on a way to wind down its relationship with BlackBerry.
Does BlackBerry have something contagious? After all, it still makes up 12% of Jabil's business, second only to the 19% put up by Apple. Mondello says that Jabil will take a charge for restructuring and move on. But in order to stop what has become a pariah from darkening Jabil's door in the future, the company will have to layoff some workers and retire some of its infrastructure that was dedicated to the BlackBerry line.
For its part, BlackBerry says through a spokesman, "We value our business partner relationships around the world, and we remain committed to working collaboratively with them to deliver industry-leading quality products and services."