Report says BlackBerry just cut its U.S. sales force in half
posted by Michael H. / Sep 10, 2013, 10:39 AM
The Wall Street Journal, "several dozen members" of BlackBerry's U.S. sales team were laid off yesterday, and this news follows reports from July that BlackBerry had fired the U.S. sales chief. When that news came out, it was said that there were more firings on the way, and it seems that we've come to that point. A BlackBerry spokesman did confirm that "a small number of employees were laid off", but wouldn't give any exact figures.According to
The thing is that Cantech Letter has sources who are saying that the cuts went much deeper, and that BlackBerry may have laid off more than half of its U.S. sales force. The report cites the source as saying the team was basically “gone” and “enterprise is gutted”. It even claims that some of the BlackBerry Messenger staff were pulling double duty on sales.
We can't say which is true, but neither sound good for BlackBerry.
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RIP. They had a chance to get back some of their marketshare but they took a little too long to revamp their product line.
posted on Sep 10, 2013, 10:41 AM 6
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Sad but true. Can't help to wonder if things would have been better if they would have gotten the new lineup out before the Christmas season last year, instead of waiting until late January, early February time frame. Still hope they can pull it together and stay in the game.
posted on Sep 10, 2013, 10:49 AM 0
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They took way to long with the BB10 handset and the fact that they did not upgrade the Playbook to BB10 is pathetic. I don\'t care if the device would have been a little sluggish, just give us the update you promised back in January 2013.
posted on Sep 10, 2013, 10:45 AM 2
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BlackBerry made phones that sucks for too long. It is time for them to go away now.
posted on Sep 10, 2013, 10:46 AM 0
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Their phones don\\\\\\\'t suck, BlackBerry Z10 is a nice phone though, but it is overpriced judging by the not-so beasty specs. The BlackBerry Q10 is okay, but it is OVERPRICED, very OVERPRICED for a QWERTY phone. BlackBerry won\\\'t be sinking if they release the BlackBerry 10 earlier, but sadly, they are too late. There are few things that can save them from sinking, 1. Lower the price of their phones. 2. Increase the amount of apps and games. 3. Make a phone with beasty specs. 4. If lucky enough, they will be bought by Samsung or others.
posted on Sep 10, 2013, 11:02 AM 2
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Move on lads. It is not that you guys are bad in selling stuff. You lot just casualties, suffer from those bad decision made by those bad executive, so bad even they couldn't notice that they were sunk deep into the bottom because of their actions, and still, choose to retain status-quo. History will note their greatest achievement ever: turn a great company become bad company! #For the other half that had been cut out#
posted on Sep 10, 2013, 12:24 PM 0
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poor blackberry they had there chance to redeem there self back in the holiday season but sadly they put it off, i had a chance to play with the blackberry z10 and indeed the UI is nice and slick but the lack of apps and support from developers steered me away from the blackberry ecosystem
posted on Sep 10, 2013, 2:47 PM 0
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