Sprint may not sell the BlackBerry Priv after all

Sprint may not sell the BlackBerry Priv after all

Update - As per BlackBerry CEO John Chen, Sprint will no longer offer the BlackBerry Priv. .@Sprint will not carry PRIV. Get it at https://t.co/QsCUsMbeq3 @ATT @TMobile @Verizon— John Chen (@JohnChen) April 11, 2016 Despite earlier confirmation coming from BlackBerry CEO John Chen during CES 2016 that the BlackBerry Priv would be arriving on Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, it now appears as...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: HoloMazing

Mobile Nations Weekly: HoloMazing

Double the cameras, double the tours, double the holograms. This week in tech: Huawei goes double with the P9 phone with dual Leica cameras and BlackBerry starts up their Priv Marshmallow beta. Things were relatively quiet in the Apple space, sans more rumors about the iPhone 7 and fancy new Apple Watch Hermes bands. But the really cool stuff is happening in, of all places, Windows land. Yes...

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T-Mobile Netherlands may borrow strategy from its U.S. brother in turnaround attempt

In order to remedy issues with T-Mobile Netherlands, parent company Deutsche Telekom is reportedly planning to take a page out of the book of its U.S. counterpart. While T-Mobile Netherlands has lost over 1 million subscribers in the last three years, T-Mobile US has been consistently adding subscribers for the last couple of years, thanks in large part to aggressive pricing and promotions....

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BlackBerry and Fast Telecom sign distribution agreement

BlackBerry and Fast Telecom sign distribution agreement

One of the key points made by BlackBerry CEO John Chen during the Q4 Fiscal 2016 earnings call was that BlackBerry was needing to ramp up their distribution and now BlackBerry and Fast Telecom have announced that they have signed a distribution agreement. "Today, Fast Telecom and BlackBerry have signed an agreement that will enhance the footprint of BlackBerry devices and widen the...

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John Chen

Even though BlackBerry sold just 600,000 handsets in its last fiscal quarter, the company's CEO John Chen is keeping it in the hardware business, at least for now. In a new interview, Chen repeated his earlier statements about the company planning to launch two new two mid-range Android phones later in 2016. One with a physical keyboard and one with a full touchscreen. According to The...

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Verizon and Google said to be preparing bids for Yahoo

Verizon and Google said to be preparing bids for Yahoo

Verizon is reportedly preparing to make a first-round bid for Yahoo next week. Both Verizon and its AOL subsidiary are said to be in talks with three separate financial institutions about the bid. Google may also make its own bid for the beleaguered company. From Bloomberg: Verizon Communications Inc. plans to make a first-round bid for Yahoo Inc.'s Web business next week, and is willing...

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Verizon offers three free months of HBO Now for new lines or upgrades

Verizon

Verizon is aiming to get the TV binge-watching audience with its latest promotional offer. It will give customers who switch to Verizon Wireless, along with current users who upgrade or activate a new line, three free months of access to HBO Now, which is normally worth about $45. The carrier's press release states: To be eligible you'll need to upgrade or activate a new line on a smart...

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T-Mobile's latest plan offers two lines with 6GB of LTE data each for $80 a month

T-Mobile is launching yet another limited-time promotion for new customers. This time, the carrier is offering a plan for two lines, each with 6GB of LTE data, for $80 a month. T-Mobile says: "Families who want fewer lines deserve a better option and we're giving them one! Don't let Verizon trick you with their misleading ads. They lure you in with the promise of a 'Large' serving of...

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John Chen: BlackBerry committed to India, eyeing revival

John Chen: BlackBerry committed to India, eyeing revival

During a visit to India, BlackBerry CEO John Chen reiterated the brand's commitment to the country. Chen is meeting with BlackBerry employees, partners, and government officials in India, where the vendor has signed two new partners for its enterprise and mobility solutions. In an interview with Economic Times, Chen said: India at one time was quite a big market for us. Over the years,...

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BlackBerry introduces BBM LIFE – a new daily content channel for customers in Indonesia

Indonesia remains a huge market for BBM – 58 million users – and to help continue that growth, BlackBerry recently launched a new daily content BBM Channel for customers in Indonesia named BBM LIFE. As highlighted in a blog post on Inside BlackBerry from Senior Vice President - Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry, Matthew Talbot, BBM LIFE is their latest initiative to establish a commercial...

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Google and BlackBerry hosting 'Bringing Android to Work with BlackBerry Software' webinar

Continuing their co-hosted webinars, BlackBerry and Google have scheduled another for Wed, Apr 13, 2016. This time around, the webinar and live Q&A will focus on bringing Android to work with BlackBerry software and how the Secure EMM Suites + Android for Work address mobile productivity, security and manageability concerns. Android is the world's most popular mobile platform, with an...

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Android N Developer Preview might expand to non-Nexus phones

Android N Developer Preview might expand to non-Nexus phones

While the current Android N Developer Preview is restricted to Google's own Nexus lineup (just as in years past), Google may be looking to expand testing to OEM partner phones as well. Spotted in a bit of hidden HTML code on the Android N Preview site (via FUNExtreme on Reddit), a bit of text intended for the "What's New" section hints that more devices will be supported in the future,...

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Sprint to raise $2.2 billion by selling and leasing back network assets

Sprint to raise $2.2 billion by selling and leasing back network assets

Sprint has announced a plan to shore up its financial house by striking a deal to sell portions of its network assets for $2.2 billion and then lease them back. As part of the deal, Sprint says the transaction will see network assets shifted to several remote entities (referred to collectively as Network LeaseCo) to be used as collateral for loans. From Sprint: Network LeaseCo will acquire...

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John Chen discusses BlackBerry security and E-mail

John Chen discusses BlackBerry security and E-mail

It would seem as though John Chen has had enough of the speculation that 'BlackBerry technology may have been deployed in a non-approved manner, placing sensitive government information at risk' in regards to Hillary Clinton. Although Chen doesn't mention Clinton directly, in the new blog post on Inside BlackBerry he points readers to the Washington Post and uses it as an example to reiterate '...

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Amazon expands Prime same-day delivery to more metro areas in the U.S.

Amazon Prime

Amazon has announced the online retail giant has expanded its Prime same-day delivery service to more metro areas in the U.S. These include Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, and Tucson, as well as new areas in Central New Jersey, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and San Diego. This delivery option allows consumers to...

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Charge and sync your BlackBerry Classic with ease for just $16.95 today!

Charge and sync your BlackBerry Classic with ease for just $16.95 today!

Tired of hunting down that pesky USB cable that always seems to be hiding so you can charge or sync your Classic? BlackBerry's official sync pod is the perfect addition to any desk or nightstand so you can do just that and find it easily. Today, you can save $13 on the purchase, making it just $16.95.

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WhatsApp turns on end-to-end encryption for its 1 billion users

WhatsApp turns on end-to-end encryption for its 1 billion users

The Facebook-owned WhatsApp has announced that going forward, messages, voice calls, and sharing of photos and videos, are now encrypted end-to-end. Now people using WhatsApp on any platform can send anything to another user, and it will be inaccessible to anyone except the recipient. Not even WhatsApp itself can get in. From Wired: This means that if any group of people uses the latest...

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lackBerry announces AtHoc data center in Europe for global customer support

Following the earlier announcement of a new secure data center in Canada, BlackBerry has now announced the availability of BlackBerry's AtHoc hosted networked crisis communications platform from BlackBerry's secure data centers in Europe. "AtHoc's expanded, secure European hosting capabilities offers high reliability and security with a cloud deployment," said Guy Miasnik, President of...

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Unlocked BlackBerry Priv gets a permanent $50 price cut to $649 in U.S.

Priv

Several months after its launch, the unlocked version of the Android-based BlackBerry Priv is getting a price cut in the U.S., the UK and parts of Europe. The new US price from ShopBlackBerry.com has been reduced by $50, in the U.S. from $699 to $649. BlackBerry adds that the UK unlocked price has gone down from £559 to just £529, while the price in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and The...

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Kmashi 20000mAh power bank

Right now you can grab Kmashi's 20000mAh power bank for $20 at Amazon with coupon code 3Z9KLROS, a savings of $13. The power bank is Quick Charge 2.0 compliant, so you'll be able to charge your phone fast while on the go. The ultra-slim design keeps it at just over half an inch thin, and the built-in LED flashlight can come in handy during an emergency situation. If you find yourself wishing...

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