BlackBerry reported a surprise loss for its first fiscal quarter, and though it reported an increase in smartphone sales compared with its fiscal fourth quarter, sales of new BlackBerry 10 devices are still struggling to gain traction. In a worrying sign for the company, BlackBerry said its subscriber base fell by 4 million in the quarter, from 76 million down to 72 million. The quarter highlights the challenges BlackBerry faces in reigniting demand for its phones and software through its new BB10 platform and devices.
BlackBerry reports earnings for its fiscal first quarter on Friday, the first full quarter impacted by sales of its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones, but financial analysts disagree over how sales and profits will shake out for the company as it charts its comeback.
AT&T Mobility has begun enabling Apple's FaceTime video chatting service over its cellular network for customers who have an LTE-capable iPhone 5 and an unlimited data plan, according to an AT&T spokesman.
BlackBerry staunchly defended the security of its services and platforms after documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed that diplomats' BlackBerry messages were intercepted at two conferences in London in 2009, including the G20 conference.
BlackBerry's next high-end flagship Blackberry 10 device will be called the A10 and will roll out during the holiday shopping season, according to a CNET report.
Chinese computer and smartphone maker Lenovo said it is in "preliminary negotiations with a party in connection with a potential joint venture transaction" related to its smartphone business, according to a filing the company made with the Hong Kong stock exchange.
Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and BlackBerry 10 have a chance to make headway in the enterprise smartphone market but face an uphill challenge, according to a top Verizon executive.
The numbers are in, and it's time to make sense of the data. ABI Research's Michael Morgan checks out the world's 12 largest branded cell phone makers in the first quarter of 2013, providing sales data as well as insight into their strategy and competitive position in the market.
Absent from the CTIA Wireless 2013 conference here this week were the big, company-sponsored product unveilings or parties (or combination thereof) that used to dominate this show. In fact, many big-name companies, including Samsung Electronics, BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY), HTC, LG Electronics, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) and others did not send their mobile executives to the show.
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