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

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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.

"The statement about discontinuation of BlackBerry 10 at AT&T and Verizon is incorrect.

BlackBerry's device strategy is based on a cross-platform model where we'll continue to support our BlackBerry 10 platform while expanding our device offering to include Android-based devices. We are focused on software updates for BlackBerry 10, with version 10.3.3 scheduled for next month, and a second update to follow next year.

Similar to many other device makers, we are changing the lineup of smartphones as we innovate and advance our portfolio. And, we are updating our smartphone lineup with state of the art devices. As part of this, and after many successful years in the market, we have informed our US carriers that the manufacturing cycle of only our BlackBerry Classic will cease. However, we have informed our customers to check with their respective carrier for device availability or purchase Classic unlocked online. We continue to actively support sales of our BlackBerry 10 smartphones to customers in most markets. And for customers choosing our Android device as their next smartphone, there will be a seamless transition without any compromise to the security of their mobile platform or operations.

We believe that being truly cross platform – which includes support for BB10, Android, iOS and Windows Phone – will allow us to best serve our customers across the world."-BlackBerry statement

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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posted on 02 Jul 2016, 23:13 2

1. rocketman1 (Posts: 99; Member since: 07 May 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..

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 00:50 1

7. meanestgenius (Posts: 17268; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 20:15 1

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.

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 22:40

41. PenTiltoKet (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 May 2016)


Well said...
+1

posted on 04 Jul 2016, 01:32 1

42. meanestgenius (Posts: 17268; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 04 Jul 2016, 14:18

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.

posted on 04 Jul 2016, 19:16 1

50. meanestgenius (Posts: 17268; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 02 Jul 2016, 23:28 3

2. Barney_stinson (banned) (Posts: 672; Member since: 30 May 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!!
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And sorry BB after pricey priv , you should die!!

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 00:28 5

3. meanestgenius (Posts: 17268; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 01:11 1

10. Barney_stinson (banned) (Posts: 672; Member since: 30 May 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!!

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 01:33 4

12. meanestgenius (Posts: 17268; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 01:15

11. quakan (Posts: 1400; Member since: 02 Mar 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 01:41 3

15. meanestgenius (Posts: 17268; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 01:52 1

17. PenTiltoKet (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 May 2016)


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

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 00:36 2

5. meanestgenius (Posts: 17268; Member since: 28 May 2014)


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

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 01:08

9. Barney_stinson (banned) (Posts: 672; Member since: 30 May 2016)


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

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 00:40 3

6. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2108; Member since: 29 May 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 01:06

8. Barney_stinson (banned) (Posts: 672; Member since: 30 May 2016)


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

posted on 04 Jul 2016, 16:54 2

49. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2108; Member since: 29 May 2014)


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

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 00:34

4. meanestgenius (Posts: 17268; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 01:55 1

19. PenTiltoKet (Posts: 415; Member since: 18 May 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2016, 16:04 1

37. Subie (Posts: 1381; Member since: 01 Aug 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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