BlackBerry denies sending a letter to AT&T and Verizon confirming end of BlackBerry 10 production

BlackBerry denies sending a letter to AT&T and Verizon confirming end of BlackBerry 10 production
Just yesterday we told you how a memo distributed in the Senate to Administrative Managers, Chief Clerks, and System Administrators revealed that BlackBerry handsets were being phased out in this legislative body. According to the memo, the decision was made because "BlackBerry informed Verizon and AT&T that production of all BlackBerry OS 10 devices (Q10, Z10, Z30, Passport, and Classic) has been discontinued." The only problem is that today, BlackBerry denied that such a letter was ever sent to the two carriers.

BlackBerry issued a statement to Crackberry today in which the manufacturer says it has informed its carrier partners in the U.S. that only the BlackBerry Classic's "manufacturing cycle" has been halted. The company added that it is prepping BlackBerry 10.3.3 for its release next month. The firm says that its cross-platform model calls for the production of Android powered handsets even as it continues to support sales of BlackBerry 10 devices.


Regardless of whether the company sent the letter or not, the Senate is down to its last 600 BlackBerry 10 units and once they are gone, staffers will have to switch to iOS or Android when they want to upgrade their phone. Those working in the Senate can swap their BlackBerry handset right now for the 16GB Apple iPhone SE or the Samsung Galaxy S6.


source: Crackberry

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48 Comments

1. rocketman1

Posts: 99; Member since: May 07, 2016

how they went from being a giant to a nothing. smh.there was no one BUT ms nokia and even htc. all of them sitting on their asses feeling comfortable and not innovating. rip guys. maybe get into watches..

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

While I have to admit, complacency is what crippled many company's as far as smartphone hardware is concerned, some company's have reinvented themselves. Microsoft has always been more than a handset company. They're a software giant, and they rule the PC market. BlackBerry had gone back to their roots and reinvented itself as primarily a software company that also designs its own smartphones, and their EMM/MDM software has the largest market share in that field, as well as their QNX software having the largest market share in the field of connected cars. QNX is also powering millions of mission-critical equipment, such as on satellites, medical equipment, nuclear equipment and even stoplights. Nokia is making a comeback in the smartphone space via Android, and they are still a viable company concerning network infrastructure and communications. HTC is reinventing itself as well. Being a smartphone-only company is no longer a sustainable option for OEM's. No one stays in top forever. Remember, even Apple almost went out of business in the 90's.

39. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"No one stays in top forever. Remember, even Apple almost went out of business in the 90's." And they picked themselves up when they realized the mistake of firing Jobs. The same won't happen to blackberry despite your ridiculously long comment.

41. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Well said... +1

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

I was wondering when you'd come trolling about. I mentioned Apple in a way you don't approve of, so I knew you'd come along spewing some BS. By the way, love your revision of history. You omitted the FACT that Apple had help from Microsoft in getting back on its feet. If it wasn't for Microsoft, there would be no Apple right now.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Spare me the bs. You said something stupid and you got called out. As you can see, I didn't say anything until just now, but I can see you're still getting into trouble. For the record, I am aware Microsoft bailed Apple out, but it was ultimately the iPod that brought Apple back into the light.

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

So posting the truth is "stupid" now? Everything I said about your god Apple is a verifiable fact, whether you care to admit it or not. You're a complete idiot for thinking anything I said is BS. And what "trouble"? This isn't school, and you're certainly no teacher, unless you're referring to teaching others how to be a complete idiot and a troll. And if it wasn't for the cash infusion and inclusion of certain Microsoft software on Apple products, they would have been done. Get over it.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Sorry!! You are not a big name in cross-platform thing!!! Its MICROSOFT ''the king of cross-platform'' ! Nd believe me people use lots of their services!! . And sorry BB after pricey priv , you should die!!

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

NO company deserves to die. That would slim down CHOICE. And CHOICE is what's best for the consumer. And with software that runs on every OS, that can secure every OS, they are most definitely a cross-platform company. Stop letting your fanboyism get in the way of the facts.

10. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Ohh!! So you think MSFT is not a cross-platform king!! Just wait and watch buddy!! End of blackberry is more nearer thn MSFT!! Stinson out!!

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

Remove the fanboy blinders and actually try and comprehend what I posted BEFORE responding, next time. Neither BlackBerry nor Microsoft is going to "end" as a company, but BOTH could conceivably be out of the smartphone business. Microsoft's smartphones aren't selling well either, and if they only market the forthcoming Surface Phone as an enterprise-only handset, it will be as niche as BlackBerry smartphones are.

11. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Choice is good for consumers, but when a company can't generate enough people to choose their product over another company's product, then they have no choice but to downsize or disappear. Your typical consumer either has one choice or a few choices in their mind when deciding on a new smartphone despite the many choices that are available.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

What does that have to do with choice being what's best for the consumer? The more choices we have, the better off we as consumers are, regardless of if consumers choose one thing more than another. Should Wendy's or Burger King close up shop because more people choose McDonalds? There's enough room on the playing field for everyone, no matter how small a space some occupy when compared to others.

17. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

You say this just because you want other to support your dying cause...

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're forgetting, Microsoft's last two Lumia handsets were on the pricey side as well.

9. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

I am yet to comment on MSFT's mobile division!! We still need W10 !!! Unless you are a mac guy!!!eww

6. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

You sound ridiculous. Microsoft isn't the king of anything. Especially in mobile. It's market share and sales in mobile are virtually nonexistent and getting smaller with every quarter.

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

How can i sound to you?!?? Its not a podcast!!

49. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

I'm pretty sure you sound as stupid as you type.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21742; Member since: May 28, 2014

I posted this information in this articlehttp://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerrys-days-with-the-U.S.-Senate-are-coming-to-an-end_id82824 two days ago. However, it is true that BlackBerry won't be putting out any NEW BB10 hardware for the foreseeable future. They will only be putting out new Android hardware while still supporting current BB10 handsets with software updates.

19. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

You must be very proud that your post were picked by Alan. It's a damage control PR from BB. The truth is, BB were toning down the support of BB10, so carrier were moving on and drop BB10 because no one want to buy a device with only less than a year of minor support.

37. Subie

Posts: 2345; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Lol. Next we'll read an article citing the US Senate stating that they are not down to their last 600 blackberry's nor are they switching to Apple and Samsung.

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