BARCELONA, Spain—On Monday VMWare completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of AirWatch, adding one of the premier mobile device management (MDM) companies and gaining a major foothold in the wireless market to better compete with BlackBerry, IBM, Citrix and others. AirWatch Chairman Alan Dabbiere had harsh words for BlackBerry, and said the company is clinging to the past and business models that no longer work.
BARCELONA, Spain--BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially unveiled the company's next two smartphones, a mid-range touchscreen phone called the Z3 and another mid-tier phone with a physical Qwerty keyboard called the Q20.
T-Mobile US is offering its existing BlackBerry customers up to $250 in credit if they upgrade to a new BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 phone. If the carrier's existing BlackBerry customers choose to upgrade to a different device, including an Android phone or an iPhone, the carrier said it would give them $200 in credit.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen struck back hard at T-Mobile US for sending a promotion to the carriers BlackBerry customers urging them to switch from BlackBerry to an iPhone 5s. Chen said he was "outraged" over the promotion and puzzled as to why BlackBerry was not informed of the promotion beforehand.
BlackBerry said on Monday that Andrew Bocking, the executive vice president of its BlackBerry Messenger business, left the company, the latest in a series of executive departures at the firm.
BlackBerry shares fell 3 percent Thursday following a clarification by the Department of Defense that it did not, in fact, order 80,000 new BlackBerry phones, as some reports claimed earlier in the week. The original reports sent BlackBerry shares soaring up as much as 5 percent.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, dropped a lawsuit against Huawei. Rockstar had sued Huawei, Google and other Android manufacturers last fall, arguing that their products infringed on patents owned by Rockstar, which bought a trove of Nortel Networks' patents in 2011.
Cloud software and virtualization firm VMware said it will spend around $1.2 billion to buy AirWatch, which specializes in mobile device management and enterprise mobility. Analysts see the deal as a way for VMWare to expand its mobile presence and get a foothold to better compete against the likes of BlackBerry, IBM, Citrix and others.
BlackBerry said it will divest the majority of its real estate holdings in Canada, though the smartphone maker has said it will continue to have a strong presence in the country that it calls home.
Apple's iPhone devices dropped fewer data sessions than rival smartphones in 2013, amid over 100 per cent growth in the number of data sessions and voice calls dropped, telco customer experience software developer Actix revealed yesterday.