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BlackBerry's problems affect Taiwan manufacturers

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BlackBerry's problems affect Taiwan manufacturers
After announcing on Friday that it would write off nearly $1 billion worth of BlackBerry Z10 models, some Taiwan handset manufacturers are affected by the Canadian manufacturer's decision to leave the consumer market. For example, ODM/OEM Wistron is expected to have its orders from BlackBerry reduced by half as BlackBerry cuts its line up from 6 models to 4. That will consist of 2 high-end and 2 entry-level phones.

Other suppliers such as keypad producers Silitech and Ichia will both be less affected by BlackBerry's plans since they have already started cutting back on their reliance to orders from the Waterloo based firm. Sales to BlackBerry represent only 10% of each company's revenues.

Sources close to the situation say that BlackBerry has started taking deliveries of its first 5 inch model, the BlackBerry Z30. But initial orders for the most powerful Berry ever from the Canadian handset provider are lower than the initial orders placed by BlackBerry for the BlackBerry Z10 back in Q1. But back then, the BlackBerry 10 platform was untested and there was real hope that BlackBerry had come up with a winning OS. But after announcing its intention to do the write off, it certainly looks like the whole BlackBerry 10 platform has not been the success that was hoped for.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 23 Sep 2013, 01:43 2

1. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

should i cry or something...

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 01:54

2. camera531 (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

Boo hoo

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 02:01

3. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)

Yes and please..

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 02:03 1

4. Akfred (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

They should upload the f**ckn BBM to play store Asap
That's just my area of interest. Or enable the leak version

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 02:24

5. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)

I think BB should just go opensource. That's the best possible solution, not just for BB but for any other mobile OS as well, especially considering the incredible and rising success of Android. If BB does decide to release its OS under an opensource license, i think it will have a real fighting chance, at least from the software standpoint. The hardware manufacturing should be turned over to another company, just like Google lets LG, Samsung and Asus do the heavy lifting for its Nexus line, as it concentrates on the software.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 03:49

6. volcano321 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)

So everyone can install their OS on their android phones? If they had a successful app store, maybe.. but what benefits are there. BB OS developers have probably all quit in light of the recent news. BB is screwd.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 04:13

7. slaggyb (Posts: 215; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Allan F and been sarcastic. Always quoting Mr heins in every post that involves the Z30."most powerful blackberry ever". Dude it ain't funny anymore.
Posted using my BlackBerry Q10.
BlackBerry by choice.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 06:54 1

8. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

This is a sad story... Anyone can make fun of BB all you want... but we have to admit BB was at one point the best smartphone out there...

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 09:31

9. rromerof (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

Disagree!! I've always made fun of the BB handsets. But indeed is sad how bad decisions make a whole company sinks without hope.

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