BlackBerry's Chen clarifies comment; handset business is not being sold "anytime soon"

BlackBerry's Chen clarifies comment; handset business is not being sold
On Wednesday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen told Reuters that if he could not make money selling handsets, he would exit the business. While that seems like a reasonable comment, and one that we passed along to you in a story on Wednesday night, apparently some read the statement as saying that the sale of the division was imminent. So many people took Chen's remarks to mean that BlackBerry was actually on the verge of exiting the phone business, that the executive felt compelled to respond to the story on the company blog.

Chen wrote that he is not about to sell off the handset business "anytime soon" and that his focus is on making this part of the business a profitable one. But he also pointed out that the Canadian company is in other lines of business such as enterprise services, messaging and software. He added that BlackBerry is investing in Machine to Machine technology.

While Chen didn't mention BBM by name, the messaging app is being dressed up by BlackBerry to increase its value. Facebook's $19 billion bid for WhatsApp valued the latter at $42 per subscriber. With BBM available to BlackBerry, iOS, Android and eventually Windows Phone, each new BBM subscriber adds value to the app.


The CEO ended his post by saying that BlackBerry is not giving up and is not leaving the handset business any time soon, which is what he was trying to say with his original comment.

source: BlackBerry via BerryReview

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134 Comments

1. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

And they will die very time soon

110. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I agree put a fork in it Chen your done

3. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Blackberry well why not? With the dying Blackberry brand, poor market share and handset business it would be best to merge or sell your assets. I have not yet seen an appealing Blackberry device that would make me switch from Windows Phone let alone Android or iOS. Doesn't promise much specs, compatibility and with a lesser app market than Windows Phone, Google and Apple. Id love them to do something with the current handset giants. Merge... or die.

11. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Troll detected. 1. The brand is dying about as much as Nokia & WP. 2. That's subjective and totally irrelevant. I have yet to see a compelling WP device period. Still playing catchup to the big boys. WP is a very small fish in an Ocean. 3. WP doesn't promise anything in terms of specs or features either. Merely copying what's already out there when they should have had it from the start. 4. BlackBerry doesn't need to merge with any other company to survive, but you can feel free to die whenever you like.

17. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

1. The Windows Phone brand and Nokia has a larger share of market than Blackberry. Also provides a much more better experience and variety of devices. 2. Compelling Devices: Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020, Lumia 930, Lumia 630. Windows Phone has caught up by reaching a wider market. 3. Hows it copying and yet everyday Android releases and re releases devices with the same or similar specs. Nokia Lumia and X series only gets better with a bigger selection. How long did it take Android and IOS to get where they are? 4. Blackberry is dying and they have such a poor outreach. Just facts buddy.

20. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Another fool I see... 1. Not world wide they don't. BBM by itself is larger than all of WP. 2. Caught up to who?? What the entirety of WP sells, a single Galaxy S handset sells in one quarter. 3. Playing catchup isn't getting better. The Nokia X is pathetic and sends a clear sign to M$ that WP is failing when their largest vendor produces handsets using the competitions platform. 4. A lot faster than WP ever will. WP will never pass 10% world wide market share. NEVER. 5. BlackBerry will be here long after Nokia is chopped up for spare parts by M$.

24. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Even WhatsApp is larger on its own than the entire iOS ecosystem. That doesn't mean that iOS or Apple are irrelevant. You are found on most WP articles trolling WP. Now don't cry if someone trolls your fav OS/company. You shall receive what you give.

26. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

I don't troll WP. Try again. And Blackberry is nowhere near my favorite OS. Android is.

28. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Then why did you bring WP up here on a BB related article? You are a big time troll. Go and enjoy your phone, and let others enjoy theirs.

31. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Why are trolls coming here to bash Blackberry by saying WP has better handsets? I didn't bring WP into it. But I'll sure drag them through the mud.

32. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why are you suddenly supporting BB?

35. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Android may be my favorite OS, but I will strongly support any OS that is good. BlackBerry 10/QNX is that good. But most people I see here on PA come along and troll BB articles and I'm just tired of seeing it. So I toll them. Let them know how it feels. It also doesn't help that PA is also a site dedicated to trolling BlackBerry and Alan F is the head troll in that department.

37. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I respect BB. Its a legendary company. However, the OS that is gaining more traction will be the one most often reported about. Unfortunately, BB10 isn't getting enough traction at the moment. That's not to say, its bad, its a great OS. But it doesn't have the backing of developers and the consumers alike. Hence, PA don't post much about it. Even WP till recently wasn't much concentrated on by PA.

45. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

PA posts about BlackBerry plenty. They just post all negative news or mostly negative news about Blackberry, often getting their facts dead wrong. Its a shame too. I thought journalists or media were supposed to have integrity and not show bias when reporting? PA, especially Alan F, as no integrity and is completely biased against BB. Why PA continues to let him troll BlackBerry in his articles says a lot about PA. And none of it is good.

43. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

You talk about letting people enjoy their phones and yet you bash BlackBerry phones? Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. Begone, troll.

46. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Did you read the entire comment? I didn't bash any BB phone here.

25. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

1. I know no one personally that uses BBM. That shows it has a poor reach especially competing with WhatsApps, SMS, TextPlus, etc. 2. Windows Phone is catching up especially having (1) main manufacture Nokia in comparison to Android's 10+ manufactures. Android wasn't always thee best neither iOS. 3. Expanding your platform is not losing thats called expanding profit and popularity. If you owned a business wouldn't you want to reach a broader market or be simple minded ? 4. I know you might be a prophet but im certain this is among Blackberry and Windows Phone platforms. I know for sure Windows Phone will exceed and already exceed Blackberry market share. 5. Blackberry might still exist but barely existing. Thats called losing and lacking appeal to consumers and business owners. Id much more have Microsoft own Nokia. Its a leading and successful software GIANT. Im sure they will prevail.

29. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

1. I don't know anyone using WP. Doesn't mean there aren't idiots out there like you using it now does it. Your logic here is flawed. 2. WP is not catching up. Maybe to Firefox, but not anyone else. 3. Saying WP is catching up is like me asking you about Oceans and you start talking about The Great Lakes. 4. But they're not expanding WP's market share by using Android. No matter how forked it is. No one is going to go from a Nokia X and by a Lumia. They're going to upgrade to the real deal Android handset. 5. I'm certain it may not. Time will tell. 6. M$ is the joke of mobile right along with WP. Nokia is the joke of businesses. Tales will long be told of how the once mighty Nokia opened its arms to that Trojan Horse and had their company destroyed from the inside, as a warning to businessmen in training. The LARGEST FINANCIAL COLLAPSE of ANY BUSINESS in HISTORY. And then you still run open arms spread wide to the same company that engineered your downfall? Yeah... I'd really trust that company to still be around with such brilliant people at the helm.

34. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So you try running a company having struggle to gain traction? Back in 2011, there was no guarantee that Nokia would succeed with Android. I'd rather have MS swallow Nokia than a greedy and non-innovative company like Google do. Whether you agree or you don't, WP is growing, stealing the second spot from iOS in 25 countries. Your opinion does not matter to any WP fan or user. So good bye.

38. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

I never thought nor said Nokia should have switched to Android. Quite the contrary, Nokia should have stayed the course. Even back in 2011, Nokia had more than double the market share it had now. What they should have done is: 1. Stay the course. Keep pushing Meego as the high-end and push Symbian down to the midrange and low-end. The N9 and N950 were LOVED by the media. Nokia had the iPhone killer before Android got so big. But instead, they blew it. Chopped off their own noses to spite themselves and let Elop in. 2. They should NEVER had let Elop in. He destroyed the company with a single memo and handed M$'s main rival from back in the Windows Mobile days to Balmer on a silver platter. 3. No matter how you WP and Nokia fanboys try to rationalize, WP and Nokia are dead in the water. Gong from selling 7.8 million to 8 million handsets isn't a real gain dude. Blackberry is DOA just as much as Nokia and WP.

57. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

"Stealing the second spot from iOS in 25 countries". 25 countries that iOS doesn't really compete in! Wow...thats a great accomplishment....NOT.

60. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That isn't Nokia's fault. WP is second in the third largest smartphone market, India. If Apple can't be relevant here, it's Apple's fault, and WP's gain.

67. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Apple is not relevant in those markets(mainly emerging ones) because they CHOOSE not to be. The iPhone, and Apple products in general, are mostly made to cater to "high end" clientele. Windows doesn't have any real traction on the high end.

92. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

113 million people use BBM. That's more than WP entire installed user base.

97. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

450 million use WhatsApp. Around 350 million iOS devices sold to date. You seriously are comparing an APP to an ecosystem?

114. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

When it comes to WP, yes! BBM is beginning to have its own ecosystem.

120. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You're the biggest fool as far as I see. Even WhatsApp is larger than iOS itself. So does it mean iOS devices aren't popular or don't sell well? Keep you stupid, good for nothing biased BS to yourself. peace.

47. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

WP is ONLY because of Nokia. Left alone it would have been dead, a year back. Just like Microsoft Kin1 and Kin2.

51. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And Android is only mainstream cuz of Samsung. Remove them and you have a bunch of cheap Chinese and Indian companies making super cheap phones. And a few top level companies who are struggling to gain traction.

62. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Bringing up Android when I didn't wasn't commenting about. /facepalm. But for the record, Android doesn't need Samsung for it to be successful, since the OS is good on its own. WP,on the other hand, NEEDS Nokia to survive. Spin it however you want, but that is the fact.

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