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John Chen: We have two new phones coming out between now and the end of the year

Ahead of appearing at Milken Institute Global Conference, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with CNBC's Brian Sullivan to discuss all things BlackBerry. While the interview didn't dig deep into new information but instead focused on a lot of what was covered in BlackBerry's earnings call, there was one item on agenda that is of concern to many and that's BlackBerry hardware. */ While it...

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Watch John Chen's panel from the Milken Institute Global Conference 2016

The Milken Institute Global Conference is well under way in Los Angeles and over 700 speakers are scheduled to appear. This year, BlackBerry CEO John Chen is discussing Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age, and you can watch live. It doesn't take a genius to know that the digital revolution has overturned the world order. With connected homes, self-...

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John Chen wants to give you a BlackBerry!

John Chen wants to give you a BlackBerry

No, seriously. He does. As announced on his Twitter account, BlackBerry CEO John Chen will be picking a 'BlackBerry Fan of the Month' on the 1st of every month, and the only thing you need to do to win is tweet him with how BlackBerry helps you every day. In fact, he's already awarded the winner for this month with a brand new BlackBerry Passport. 1/4 I'll be picking a #BBFOTM [@BlackBerry Fan...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: A little bit of give and take

Mobile Nations Weekly: A little bit of give and take

The tech gods giveth and the tech gods taketh. The news this week around Apple revolved around money. Apple reported their quarterly earnings, and while they were right in track with what Apple had predicted, it was the first time that Apple saw a year-over-year drop thanks to a slip in iPhone sales. And Wall Street lost its collective mind despite Apple's forecasting of a great-but-not-...

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About those Rome and Hamburg 'leaked' renders

About those Rome and Hamburg 'leaked' renders

Chances are by now you've all read the headlines about the 'leaked' renders of BlackBerry's next Android devices. There were a ton of sites that ran them without a second thought and, well, that has caused a lot of confusion among those who care about BlackBerry and were already familiar with the images. The problem? They're not 'leaked' renders of the next BlackBerry devices, as in renders...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen to present at the Milken Institute Global Conference

The Milken Institute Global Conference kicks off in Los Angeles on May 1-4, and over 700 speakers are scheduled to appear. Among them this year, just like last year, will be BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who will be discussing Digital Darwinism: How Companies Can Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age The panel will be streamed live on Monday, May 2nd at 1:45 PM ET, so be sure to tune in....

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BBM for Android and iOS updated to include BBM video chat in beta

BBM for Android updated to include BBM Video in beta

The iOS version has now gone live on iTunes as well. While BlackBerry 10 customers have had the ability to BBM video chat between each other since the launch of BlackBerry 10, Android and iOS users have been left out of the loop, until now. A new version of BBM for Android has now been released through Google Play, which brings BBM video chat between Android and iOS devices in the US and...

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AT&T will shut down its 2G network by the end of 2016

AT&T

AT&T has announced that it will decommission its 2G EDGE network by the end of 2016. CFO John Stevens told Wireless Week that the carrier has moved over 6 million subscribers off the legacy network over the last 12 months, with the remaining 2G userbase largely consisting of connected devices. Stevens said that the cost played a major factor in the decision to shut down the 2G network...

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BlackBerry hires Alex Thurber to lead global sales of its devices

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BlackBerry has hired Alex Thurber to be its new senior vice president for global device sales. The new hire comes as the company is still dealing with poor sales of its hardware products, including the recent BlackBerry Priv smartphone. According to The Wall Street Journal: Mr. Thurber will oversee BlackBerry's in-house sales teams as well as its efforts to generate additional revenue...

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AT&T

AT&T has reported its earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2016, noting yet another big bump in consolidated revenues due to its recent DirecTV acquisition, along with respectable wireless subscriber growth. In all, AT&T says that it brought in consolidated revenues of $40.5 billion, in Q1, which is up 24% compared to the same period a year ago. On the wireless division...

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T-Mobile added 2.2 million new customers in Q1 2016, revenue up 10%

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T-Mobile has published company financial results for Q1 2016, showcasing an increase in revenue of 10.6% as well as adding 2.2 million new customers. This quarter marks the 12th consecutive quarter the Un-Carrier has experienced total net growth of more than 2 million. The numbers were made up of more than 1 million branded postpaid net adds, alongside record branded prepaid net adds of 807,...

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MetroPCS

T-Mobile's no-contract carrier subsidiary MetroPCS has launched a new promotional offer. This one gives customers two lines, each with unlimited talk, text and data and 6GB of 4G speeds, for a total of $60 a month. T-Mobile says: That means you can walk into a MetroPCS store and get 2 lines with unlimited talk, text, data, and 6GB of 4G LTE data for just $60 a month - and just $30 a...

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Mobile Nations Weekly: All the new things!

Mobile Nations Weekly: All the new things!

New phones, updated laptops, and expanding the definition of 'mobile' What a busy week! Let's start things off with the new releases: the HTC 10 is now available (as is our HTC 10 review). So too is are the two most exciting VR headsets: the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive — we're just now getting our heads around them (or them around our heads), so stay tuned for our thoughts! But wait, there's...

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BlackBerry Priv is now even more affordable at AT&T

BlackBerry Priv

AT&T has slashed the price of the BlackBerry Priv by $60, dropping it down to $639 off contract. While this isn't a huge savings, it exceeds the $50 cut that BlackBerry recently did on the phone. If you are in the market for a new phone or have been eyeing the Priv but waiting for the price to drop a little, this may be your time to pick one up. While it is great to see AT&T lower the...

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HotRemit adopts BBM for mobile payments and expense tracking in India

HotRemit adopts BBM for mobile payments and expense tracking in India

BlackBerry and Digitsecure today announced that they are bringing the immediacy and reliability of BBM to HotRemit digital money transfers in India. Starting today, BBM users can initiate instant mobile payment transfers in BBM and receive customized expense reports for personal and professional expenses. "BBM provides a convenient and instant social platform for money transfers, top-ups...

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Verizon

Verizon has announced its Q1 2016 earnings with $32.2 billion in total operating revenue coming in, of which $22 billion came from the wireless end of the business. The carrier was also able to add 640,000 postpaid net additions, which is a low-volume quarter for them. Customer retention remained solid at Verizon, with its retail postpaid churn as low as 0.96%, a huge improvement year over year...

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Priv - Official Smartphone of the Toronto Raptors

Priv - Official Smartphone of the Toronto Raptors

BlackBerry and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment have a longstanding marketing relationship and as part of that relationship, the BlackBerry Priv is the official smartphone of the Toronto Raptors. Fans attending events at the Air Canada Centre get to see plenty of BlackBerry marketing but BlackBerry and the Raptors have now dropped some new videos on their YouTube channels. There's both a...

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Ecnryption

Four big tech coalitions have teamed up to write an open letter to two senators in opposition to a bill that would require smartphone manufacturers to decrypt data for law enforcement on demand. Apple, Google, and Facebook are amongst the companies that these coalitions represent, and the letter expresses their "deep concerns" surrounding the proposed bill. The letter is addressed to Senators...

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Snag an unlocked AT&T BlackBerry Priv for just $450

Snag an unlocked AT&T BlackBerry Priv for just $450

If you've been on the lookout for a good deal on the BlackBerry Priv, DailySteals is currently offering the handset for just $450. For those keeping score, that's a $200 drop from the Priv's current price of $650 elsewhere. DailySteals says that the model on offer is AT&T-branded. However, it is unlocked, so it should work with other GSM carriers like T-Mobile. If you're interested, you...

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Following the recent news that BlackBerry's global decryption key was in the hands of the Canadian Police since 2010, current CEO John Chen has taken to the BlackBerry Blog to clear the air. BlackBerry feels as though "tech companies as good corporate citizens should comply with reasonable lawful access requests," a position they have made clear in the past. The case that surfaced was an old...

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