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BlackBerry reveals red Passport, opens up Classic pre-orders

11/14, 7:28am

BlackBerry Classic priced at $450, ships mid-December

BlackBerry made two consumer hardware announcements at its Enterprise event yesterday, alongside enterprise-focused items. Pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic have commenced for a mid-December launch, while potential owners of the BlackBerry Passport will soon be able to acquire a red version of the smartphone, set to be released in limited quantities on Black Friday.

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BBM Meetings launched as multi-platform conference calling service

11/13, 6:35pm

Paid conferencing service from BlackBerry works with up to 25 participants

BlackBerry made another business-related announcement at its Enterprise event, one which involves multi-platform messaging. BBM Meetings lets users set up a voice or video conferencing session with multiple other users, with the service covering BlackBerry 10, iOS, and Android mobile devices, as well as computers running OS X and Windows.

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BlackBerry partnering with Samsung for joint Knox-BES12 security

11/13, 3:42pm

Combination of Samsung Knox and BES12 said to provide end-to-end security

BlackBerry is working with Samsung to make its Android devices more secure for corporate users, the manufacturer has revealed. The partnership, which will be offered to enterprise customers from early next year, will see Samsung's Knox working in tandem with Blackberry Enterprise Service 12 (BES12), in order to provide a "tightly integrated, end-to-end secure solution" for communications.

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BlackBerry Messenger adds timed messages, retractions

11/03, 6:04am

BBM can delete messages automatically and on request from sender

BlackBerry has made a few changes to the BBM app on all platforms, with the biggest being heavily borrowed from competitor Snapchat. BlackBerry Messenger now gives users the ability to create Timed Messages, text or images which can be shared with other chat participants for a set period of time before being automatically deleted, as well as the ability to retract already-sent messages.

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BlackBerry Classic resurfaces, compared to BlackBerry Passport

10/15, 7:26am

All sides of smaller BlackBerry Classic shown in picture leak

A new set of photographs allegedly showing the BlackBerry Classic has leaked. The collection of images appears to reveal more of the rumored BlackBerry smartphone's physical appearance than in previous leaks, with all sides and the back of the device on display in the pictures, with some of the shots comparing it to the recently-announced BlackBerry Passport phablet.

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BlackBerry posts better-than-expected $207 million loss for quarter

09/26, 8:18am

Recovery seemingly working, but phone sales still need to climb for profit

While still not yet profitable, BlackBerry has posted a significantly lower-than-expected loss for the quarter. At the end of its fiscal 2015 Q2, the company reported a net loss of $207 million. This time last year, the company posted a $965 million loss. Of the $207 million loss, $33 million was attributed to mandatory charges from the company's near-complete restructuring program.

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BlackBerry Passport launched with square 1440x1440 display

09/24, 10:37am

Touch-enabled physical keyboard of BlackBerry Passport detects flicks, swipes

BlackBerry has used its three simultaneous media events to launch the BlackBerry Passport smartphone. Just as rumored, the mobile device has a square 4.5-inch 1440x1440 touchscreen with a touch-enabled physical keyboard below, allowing the keyboard to detect swipes, flicks and taps similar to display-based gestures, but without the user blocking their view of the screen with their fingers.

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BlackBerry buys virtual SIM startup Movirtu, will support iOS, Android

09/11, 12:36pm

London-based startup to bolster BlackBerry's BYOD programs

BlackBerry has announced that it has acquired Movirtu, a UK-based startup pioneering virtual-SIM technology, allowing a single device to have multiple phone numbers associated with it. The buy would bring technology for a "bring-your-own-device" user to have one device spanning a business number with associated apps and contacts, and a personal contact number on the same phone without juggling multiple SIM cards.

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BlackBerry Classic surfaces in Weibo images with touchscreen

09/08, 9:42am

BlackBerry Q20 shows classic design lines of earlier BBOS devices

The BlackBerry Classic has allegedly resurfaced following its announcement at Mobile World Congress in February, with images of the device appearing on Weibo. The smartphone, also known as the Q20, appears to be shown in the photographs with a square display similar to the BlackBerry Passport, though its physical design has rounded corners and a general appearance similar to earlier BlackBerry devices.

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BlackBerry invitations to three events hint at Passport launch

09/02, 1:07pm

BBOS addition BlackBerry Blend may appear alongside Passport at events

BlackBerry has sent out invitations to events held in Toronto, London, and Dubai on the 24th of September. The invite offers little in the way of clues as to what the three events will involve, but the use of a map and a plane symbol suggests the manufacturer will be formally launching the Passport smartphone, while rumors claim it could potentially include a software update allowing for the usage of BlackBerry Messenger from a desktop rather than a smartphone.

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BlackBerry Passport specs leak: CPU Snapdragon 800, 19-hour battery

08/22, 5:42pm

Square-screened device design document discovered, leaked

A design document detailing specifications of BlackBerry's new Passport phone has been leaked, confirming some previous rumors. The new BB10 phone from the Canadian manufacturer features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with a 2.2Ghz quad-core CPU, paired with an Adreno 330 GPU running at 450Mhz -- a significant upgrade over the company's flagship phone, the Z10.

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BlackBerry claims no spam, attacks Apple's iMessage service

08/22, 2:26pm

Poorly messaged article omits features of iMessage to bolster BB10

BlackBerry has attacked iMessage in a blog post, as it attempts to try and convert more users to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). The post, written by head of product and brand marketing for BBM Jeff Gadway, latches on to recent reports about spam messages on iMessage, and lists off ways the service allegedly beats Apple's messaging platform.

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BlackBerry realigns divisions, forms BlackBerry Technology Solutions

08/19, 8:56am

New division encompasses 44,000 patents, three major technologies

BlackBerry has spun off a new business unit, collecting the majority of its unique technologies under one roof -- the BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS) division. Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu will lead the new group, which encompasses embedded software group QNX, "Internet of Things" division Project Ion, cryptography division Certicom, RF antenna tuning group Paratek, and 44,000 associated patents.

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Briefly: BBM for Windows Phone exits beta, Trendnet WiFi Baby Cam

08/16, 2:37pm

Blackberry launches 1.1 version of BBM for Windows Phone

BlackBerry has officially released BBM for Windows Phone, taking it out of beta. The new release implementes a number of bug fixes and speed improvements that the company gathered during the beta phase. The 1.1 version of the app allows users to engage in BBM Chats with one or many contacts, with the ability to share pictures, voice notes, contacts and location. Features like BBM Voice, Channels, and location sharing are still yet to be added.

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BlackBerry CEO: restructuring effort over, time to look to the future

08/05, 8:31am

Chen expects profitability before the end of the year for BlackBerry

According to an internal memo circulating around the company, BlackBerry has exited its internal reorganization process. CEO John Chen told the remaining staff that "the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us." The memo declares that the company is now on the path to profitability, and will start making strategic acquisitions to boost the company's growth.

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BlackBerry Messenger for Windows Phone launches publicly

07/31, 1:45pm

BBM for Windows Phone includes chats, excludes BBM Voice, Channels

BlackBerry has made its BlackBerry Messenger app available to download in the Windows Phone store. Previously only available as a closed beta on the platform, and already out on iOS and Android, the version offered is still in beta, though BlackBerry has taken the time to make BBM fit in with the Windows Phone user interface styling, and some features don't appear to have been included.

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Ford Motors to replace BlackBerry with iPhones for over 9,300 workers

07/29, 5:39pm

'Global' switchover will cost nothing extra over normal replacement cycle

Automaker Ford has announced that it will transition at least 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry models and flip phones to iPhones over the next two years. The change, which will cost the company nothing above the normal cost of a replacement cycle, is a blow to BlackBerry, but the Canadian smartphone maker can take solace in the fact that Ford chose BlackBerry's QNX for its next-generation Sync infotainment system, replacing a previous Microsoft-based one.

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BlackBerry acquires German security firm Secusmart

07/29, 12:48pm

Company turnaround underway, says CEO in wake of deal

At its annual BlackBerry summit, the beleagured smartphone manufacturer has announced a deal that will see it acquire Germany's Secusmart to enhance its own security offerings. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said of the deal that it "creates that much more distance between [BlackBerry] and competitors" in the battle for corporate and governmental business share.

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BlackBerry virtual assistant revealed, included in BlackBerry Passport

07/16, 12:16pm

BlackBerry Assistant competes with Siri, Google Now, Cortana

BlackBerry will include its own virtual assistant in a future version of the company's mobile operating system, the smartphone manufacturer has revealed. Taking its cue from Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, BlackBerry Assistant will recognize commands via voice recognition and entered text, and will be able to perform simple tasks such as searching e-mail archives or setting appointments, to more elaborate requests.

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BlackBerry launches BlackBerry Messenger for Windows Phone beta

07/10, 7:44pm

Beta test ahead of official launch, some features like Voice to be added later on

Users of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) are going to able to use the service on a new mobile platform. Today, BlackBerry announced that the messaging service has made its way to Windows Phones, starting off with a limited run in beta. The company wants to focus on providing an introduction to the program with its first release.

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Briefly: BBM testing on Windows Phone, Xbox One upgrade credit offer

07/08, 1:49pm

BlackBerry Messenger commences private beta on Windows Phone store

BlackBerry has put the BlackBerry Messenger app in the Windows Phone store, though it is not available to everyone. The listing, which follows the earlier BBM launch on iOS and Android, hints at a near-future release of the messaging app on the platform, though according to CNET, the app is being tested in a private beta ahead of its launch, with only whitelisted users able to install the app from the store.

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BlackBerry justifies Passport display as the 'IMAX of productivity'

07/08, 6:39am

Large square BlackBerry Passport display touted as useful for business

BlackBerry is attempting to justify the square display used in the Passport, a smartphone it recently revealed. In a blog post, the smartphone manufacturer claims the Passport's 4.5-inch square and high-resolution screen provides the same viewing space as a normal 5-inch smartphone display, but provides a "better viewing experience" because of the device's width.

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BlackBerry Messenger due to hit Windows Phone in coming weeks

06/20, 9:02am

BlackBerry CEO confirms impending app launch still on schedule

BlackBerry is preparing to release the Windows Phone version of its BlackBerry Messenger app, one the company said it would release by the summer. The messaging client, joining the iOS and Android versions as well as BlackBerry OS devices, was advised by CEO John Chen as coming out on time, though he stopped short of providing a specific release date.

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BlackBerry Passport with square display slated for fall release

06/19, 5:16pm

Wide BlackBerry Passport briefly demonstrated by CEO John Chen

BlackBerry will be shipping two devices this fall, including one device the manufacturer unveiled today during its quarterly financial results release. The BlackBerry Classic, previously shown as the BlackBerry Q20, will be joined by the BlackBerry Passport, a device formerly codenamed as "Windermere," though CEO John Chen avoided mentioning any major specifications for either device.

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BlackBerry crawling back to profitability, break-even expected in 2015

06/19, 8:13am

Change in cash value temporarily boosts BlackBerry bottom line

Depending on how the numbers are examined, BlackBerry's latest quarterly earnings report either indicates a claw back to profitability, or yet another quarter in which they fell short. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 was $966 million, down $10 million from the previous quarter. Based just on this, the company lost $60 million, but once a "change in the fair value" from funds allocated from the restructuring effort are taken into effect, the company claims to have earned $23 million in profit.

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Amazon Appstore heading to BlackBerry in fall operating system update

06/18, 9:31am

Licensing deal brings 240,000 Amazon apps to BlackBerry 10 devices

Owners of BlackBerry smartphones will soon have more apps to choose from, thanks to a licensing arrangement with Amazon. BlackBerry OS version 10.3 will include the Amazon Appstore when it ships in the fall, with the deal giving users more than 240,000 Android apps to use, on top of those already offered through the company's own BlackBerry World store.

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BlackBerry introduces BBM Protected encrypted messaging for enterprise

06/16, 1:43pm

Security-minded BBM Protected adds extra layer of encryption on messaging

BlackBerry is attempting to reassert itself in the business messaging market, by offering a version of its service with enhanced protection designed for regulated industries, such as government agencies or financial services. BBM Protected is the first launch in its eBBM suite of apps, using a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library to secure the message between both participants, on top of the company's existing BBM security model.

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BlackBerry CEO 'not done yet' reversing company's fortunes

05/29, 9:52am

Company to return to security, enterprise roots for recovery

BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen, partially overshadowed by Apple's Beats announcement, appeared at Code and declared that while BlackBerry has "a lot of problems" it is "not dead." Responding to a question by hosts about the long-term survival of BlackBerry in a challenging environment, Chen reported that he was "quite confident that we'll be able to save the patient."

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Blackberry announces release of Z3 Jakarta Edition phone in Indonesia

05/13, 6:20pm

Foxconn built device to sell for $190, features 5-inch display, 1.2 GHz processor

Blackberry officially announced the release of its low-priced, entry-level Z3 phone, which will go on sale tomorrow in Indonesia. The Z3 will see a special release named the "Jakarta Edition" when it goes on sale for $190. Blackberry's most recent device will try to recapture the Indonesian market share, which was as low as 14 percent in 2013.

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iPhone gains ground in Japan, Europe, Australia

04/28, 1:39pm

Android still vastly dominant on global level

The iPhone managed some modest sales share gains in Japan, Europe, and Australia during the March quarter, according to new smartphone data from Kantar Worldpanel. Japan was the strongest of the bunch, advancing 8.6 points year-over-year to 57.6 percent. The country is in fact the only one where the iPhone outstripped Android. Even in the US, where Apple is based, the iPhone dipped from 43.7 percent to 35.9 percent last quarter, whereas Android devices grew from 49.3 percent to 57.6.

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Apple tops 2014 JD Power rankings for smartphone satisfaction

04/24, 12:05pm

Samsung follows close behind

Apple has topped a 2014 JD Power ranking of customer satisfaction among US smartphone owners. Each smartphone maker is scored according to metrics for performance, physical design, features, and ease of use, and relative to each of the four major US carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Apple is in first place with all four carriers, but trailed closely by Samsung.

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Briefly: BlackBerry 'Heartbleed' updates, Amazon gains BBC shows in UK

04/14, 10:14am

BlackBerry will update iOS, Android BBM apps over Heartbleed security flaw

BlackBerry has added itself to the list of companies working to fix issues caused by the 'Heartbleed' OpenSSL security flaw. Senior vice president Scott Totzke told Reuters that, though the majority of BlackBerry products are unaffected, by not using OpenSSL, it will still need to issue updates to Secure Work Space corporate e-mail and the BlackBerry Messenger clients for iOS and Android.

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BlackBerry CEO considers sale of hardware business

04/10, 9:51am

Failure to profit could see BlackBerry exit smartphone business

BlackBerry could sell off its hardware business entirely if it fails to return to profitability in the near future, the company's CEO has suggested. In an interview with Reuters, John Chen advised the manufacturer would consider exiting the smartphone hardware market if hardware sales do not improve to a point where the company becomes profitable.

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BlackBerry dumping T-Mobile, suspending hardware sales on April 25

04/02, 12:18am

'Uncarrier' will still honor existing contracts, warranties for BlackBerry devices

Users seeking BlackBerry phones for sale on T-Mobile will soon be out of luck. The Canadian manufacturer announced today that it will let its agreement with T-Mobile expire, preventing the sale of hardware. Both companies will honor existing warranties and service contracts past the April 25 expiration date, however.

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Judge bars sale of Ryan Seacrest's BlackBerry-esque Typo keyboard

03/29, 11:09am

Celebrity lamentations of no physical keyboard inspired iPhone case

In a victory for Canadian cellphone manufacturer BlackBerry, US District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco ruled that the Ryan Seacrest-backed Typo Products iPhone keyboard case will be barred from sale. Judge Orrick ruled that BlackBerry is "likely to prevail" over the imitator in issuing his ruling blocking the Typo keyboard.

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BlackBerry posts smaller-than-expected quarterly losses

03/28, 9:35am

Analysts expect BlackBerry return to profitability some time in 2015

BlackBerry might be showing signs of recovery, but it still isn't out of danger yet. In the most recently quarterly earnings report by the Canadian cellphone manufacturer, the company posted a net loss of $423 million, much less than was expected. Revenue also fell to $976 million, lower than an expected $1.11 billion.

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BlackBerry Secure Work Space FIPS 140-2 certified for iOS, Android use

03/26, 11:33am

Security verified by US regulators, new management software certified for use

BlackBerry announced earlier today that is has received US Government Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certification, which allows employees to use its enterprise software on Apple's iPads and the predominantly Samsung-provided mobile equipment. The certification applies to Secure Work Space, which isolates management-installed apps and files from personal content.

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BlackBerry SVP attempts to bolt for Apple, gets sued

03/25, 9:16pm

Court rules software chief must stay at job until June

A court in Ottawa has ruled in a lawsuit brought by BlackBerry against one of its own employees. The firm sued its own senior vice president of software, Sebastien Marineau-Mes, when he announced that he would be leaving the floundering smartphone company to take a job as Vice President of Core OS at Apple last December.

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Briefly: BlackBerry sells Canadian real estate, LG's smart light bulb

03/23, 11:32pm

BlackBerry reaches agreement on selling majority of its Canadian real estate

BlackBerry announced last Friday that it has reached an agreement to sell the majority of its real estate in Canada, as part of its plan to balance finances. The company originally announced its plan to sell assets back in January, in partnership with commercial real estate service company CBRE. Several months ago, BlackBerry sold five of its buildings to the University of Waterloo for $36.44 million dollars -- much of the real estate that has been sold most recently is also located in Waterloo, Ontario, where BlackBerry's headquarters resides. BlackBerry plans to lease back a portion of the space being sold.

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Report: White House testing alternatives to BlackBerry

03/21, 12:14am

Could President Obama finally jump ship to Android, iPhone?

Adding insult to injury over BlackBerry's ongoing slide into oblivion, a US Department of Defense spokesperson has confirmed that "the White House Communications Agency, consistent with the rest of the Department of Defense, is piloting and using a variety of mobile devices" as a possible replacement for BlackBerry devices. Initial reports suggest Android devices are currently being tested, but not iPhones at this time.

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Apple, Samsung, LG grow US smartphone ownership

03/07, 12:40pm

iPhone still most popular device

Apple grew its share among US smartphone owners during the last quarter to 41.6 percent, according to new comScore data. Data polled between October and January shows that Apple advanced 1 percentage point. The company's main rival, Samsung, grew ownership by 1.3 points, but remained firmly in second place at 26.7 percent. LG's share rose just 0.3 points to 6.9 percent, presumably on the back of the G2 and the Google-branded Nexus 5.

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T-Mobile memo: majority of BlackBerry trade-ins chose other devices

03/05, 7:50am

Increase in BlackBerry trade-ins countered by mass exodus from platform

A recent promotion from T-Mobile offering credit towards another device when trading in a BlackBerry smartphone has apparently caused an exodus of users to other platforms. A report claims that the two-week promotion has led to 15 times the normal amount of BlackBerry devices being traded in, and that 94 percent of these users are using the credit to switch to a non-Blackberry device.

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BlackBerry shows two new phones: physical keyboard Q20, Indonesian Z3

02/25, 12:16pm

Q20 going back to BlackBerry's roots, Z3 specific to Indonesia

At the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, BlackBerry today announced a pair of devices, with one specific to the Indonesian marketplace. Highlighting the event was the new BlackBerry Q20, a device that the company says will "deliver its full and distinctive QWERTY experience on BlackBerry 10." Also unveiled was the BlackBerry Z3, an all-touch five-inch model customized with local apps and content for Indonesian customers.

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Ford's Sync displacing Windows in favor of BlackBerry QNX?

02/24, 4:02pm

BlackBerry QNX may be faster, more accessible than aging Windows software

According to sources familiar with the matter, the Ford Motor Company will migrate its next-generation in-car Sync away from Microsoft's Windows. In its place will be beleagured BlackBerry's QNX at the core of the car's in-dash system. QNX will be less expensive than Windows, and will reportedly boost the speed of the next iteration of Sync.

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BlackBerry porting BBM to Windows Phone for summer release

02/24, 11:54am

New release supports all features as other mobile implementations

The BlackBerry Messenger cross-platform communications suite will be available for Windows Phone sometime this summer. The upcoming release was noted on the official BlackBerry blog earlier today, with confirmation that the app for Windows Phone will retain the same functionality as it has on Android, BlackBerry 10, and Apple's iOS. No specific release date was noted, but the app will continue to be free.

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T-Mobile concedes: gives $250 for BlackBerry loyalist trade-ins

02/19, 8:51pm

Increased offer only applies to the purchase of a new BlackBerry Q10, Z10

In a slight nod towards BlackBerry CEO John Chen's "outrage" at T-Mobile's $200 trade-in offer for BlackBerry handset users, the wireless carrier has offered an additional $50 trade-in value towards another BlackBerry phone. The previous offer of $200 for the trade-in towards any other manufacturer's handset still stands, however.

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Briefly: BBM for Android on Gingerbread, Streaming music on UK charts

02/19, 5:32am

BlackBerry updates BBM app to work with Android 2.3

BlackBerry has opened up BBM for Android to users of older devices. BlackBerry Messenger can now be downloaded and used on smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3 or later, though the older version of the mobile operating system will not have access to new additions to the app, such as BBM Voice, BBM Channels, and Glympse real-time location sharing.

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T-Mobile draws ire of BlackBerry CEO with targeted iPhone 5s promo

02/18, 8:38pm

Sternly penned blog post rebukes T-Mobile for 'anti-BlackBerry' offer

In the wake of a T-Mobile promotion offering BlackBerry phone users the iPhone 5s with no money down, BlackBerry chairman John Chen has taken umbrage. Chen has written a blog post slamming the carrier over its "anti-BlackBerry" effort, saying that BlackBerry users who defended the company drew "a sharp contrast with the behavior of our long-time business partner."

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Leaked render claims to show BlackBerry Z3 'Jakarta' smartphone

02/17, 10:56am

BlackBerry Z3 could be first device from partnership with Foxconn

The first image of what could be BlackBerry's next smartphone has reportedly leaked. The render for the codenamed "Jakarta" device, thought to be shipping under the BlackBerry Z3 name, and though it does not have a hardware keyboard, it could possibly be the first device under the company's new partnership with manufacturer Foxconn.

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BlackBerry updates BBM for iOS, Android with BBM Voice, Channels

02/13, 12:24pm

Free voice calls between BBM users reaches non-BlackBerry OS devices

BlackBerry is rolling out a number of changes to its BlackBerry Messenger app for iOS and Android, as the app reaches version 2.0. BBM Voice and BBM Channels, two features already in use by BlackBerry device owners, are included in the update along with Dropbox integration, and a collection of smaller updates to the app.

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