BlackBerry technology allows Hong Kong carrier to provide 10 phone numbers on a single SIM
BlackBerry hasn't dominated the smartphone market since 2009. It also hasn't been able to breakthrough with its two Android powered handsets, the BlackBerry Priv and the DTEK50. But just as CEO John Chen has planned, the company can make contributions to the industry in other ways. Take today's report about a new feature offered to subscribers of mobile carrier Three Hong Kong.
The wireless operator has started offering to subscribers Numbers Master, which is available for both iOS and Android users. With Numbers Master, a Three Hong Kong customer can make or take calls on 10 different phone numbers using just one SIM card on one phone. This will allow small business owners to use the same phone for work and play. The technology for this feature comes from (drum roll, please) BlackBerry, which means that the calls on all 10 lines are secure.
This is exactly what we expect BlackBerry to be focusing on in the future. During the company's fiscal fourth quarter which ended in March, handset sales dropped by more than half to 600,000 units from the previous year. For the fiscal first quarter of 2017, BlackBerry had record software and services revenue.
While providing software solutions and MDM services are not as sexy as coming up with that hot new handset, for better or for worse this is where BlackBerry's strengths currently lie. And if other carriers decide to implement this technology, BlackBerry could wind up a big winner here. Who knows? Perhaps CEO John Chen will do a Scrooge McDuck-ian dive into a vault full of currency.
source: ThreeHongKong (translated) via Crackberry