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Verizon begins OS 10.3.2.858 rollout for BlackBerry Q10, Z10 and Z30

What started back in mid-June with Verizon rolling out BlackBerry 10.3.2 to the BlackBerry Classic, has now extended into devices such as the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Z30. Verizon customers on any of those devices can now go ahead and check for updates where you should find OS 10.3.2.858 (Software version 10.3.2.556) available for download if you've not already grabbed it...

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Amazon's 20th anniversary sale will feature 'more deals than Black Friday'

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Amazon is turning 20 on July 15, and to commemorate the occasion, the retailer will offer "more deals than Black Friday." Dubbed Prime Day, the retailer is promising a "global shopping event" that will be open to Prime subscribers in the US, the UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, and Austria. To further incentivize the purchase of Prime subscriptions, Amazon is slashing the...

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Leaked render shows off the BlackBerry Venice and all of its Android glory

Leaked render shows off BlackBerry Venice with Android

The rumors continue about the BlackBerry Venice. This time around we have a render of what is said to be BlackBerry's upcoming slider phone, running a full version of Android. Recently it was rumored that this device would be headed to AT&T, which wouldn't be much of a surprise. Taking a look at the render in comparison to the images shown off on stage at Mobile World Congress, they do...

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ShopBlackBerry begins selling the blue Classic

Recently it was spotted that Amazon Italy was accepting preorders for the Cobalt Blue variant of the BlackBerry Classic, but it was localized to Italy, with some shipping options for out of the country. BlackBerry has announced that beginning on July 3, the limited edition variant of the Classic will be available on ShopBlackBerry for customers in the US, Canada, UK, and Netherlands. The blue...

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New rumor claims Android-powered BlackBerry 'Venice' slider headed to AT&T

It would seem as though the Android-powered BlackBerry rumors are continuing to flow. Adding to the already mounting rumors that BlackBerry is building an Android smartphone is longtime leaker @evleaks who noted on Twitter that the slider, which has taken on the name 'Venice' will be Android-powered and headed to AT&T. The Android-powered BlackBerry Venice slider is AT&T-bound.— Evan...

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Rogers' acquisition of Mobilicity and Shaw AWS spectrum gains regulatory approval

Rogers' acquisition of Mobilicity and Shaw AWS spectrum gains regulatory approval

Canadian carrier Rogers has received court approval for its acquisition of Mobilicity and Shaw's AWS spectrum, completing a deal that will see the carrier pick up a significant amount of spectrum compatible with its LTE devices. From Rogers: Rogers Communications, a leading diversified Canadian telecommunications and media company, said that it received all requisite governmental,...

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Amazon Italy now taking pre-orders for the blue BlackBerry Classic

Amazon Italy now taking pre-orders for the blue BlackBerry Classic

Remember at Mobile World Congress when it was announced the BlackBerry Classic would be coming in white, blue and bronze? Of course, you do. While some regions now have the white version, the blue and bronze versions have remained missing from release with the exception of the blue version appearing in at least one BlackBerry Execs hands. The wait might soon be over though if you're looking to...

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Grab a Telus BlackBerry Q5 from Best Buy Canada for only $89.99

Grab a Telus BlackBerry Q5 from Best Buy Canada for only $89.99

If you live in Canada and are looking to move into a new BlackBerry 10 device or are just looking to pick up a spare for those 'just in case' moments, Best Buy has a deal for you. Right now, up until July 2nd, you can pick up a TELUS branded BlackBerry Q5 from the retailer for only $89.99 contract free. Keep in mind, when unlocked it is compatible with most GSM networks in Canada including WIND...

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Passport

Europe has agreed a final proposal to scrap roaming charges altogether across the continent, as well as new rules on net neutrality. The extra charges applied to your account for using your mobile phone abroad will be scrapped by June 2017, although a fair use policy will be put in place. To help soften the blow before the charges are scrapped, said fees will be capped at five cents per MB...

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BBM Money users in Indonesia can now pay for goods and services online and in stores

While we're still waiting to hear some news about BBM Money for the U.S. and Canada, BlackBerry last week held an event to update media and the Android, BlackBerry and iOS communities in Indonesia on the latest additions to BBM Money that for the first time brings Instant Mobile Payments to users of the app on all major platforms and allows them pay for goods and services online and in stores...

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John Chen discusses healthcare in the digital age at the Mackenzie Health Innovation Unit

Yesterday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen joined the "Partnering for Innovation: Healthcare in the Digital Age" keynote discussion alongside Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO of Mackenzie Health at the launch of Phase Two of the Mackenzie Health Innovation Unit and now, the Mackenzie Innovation Institute has uploaded the video of that event for everyone to watch. Mackenzie Health continues...

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T-Mobile announces JUMP! On Demand, allowing customers to upgrade at any time

T-Mobile announces JUMP! On Demand

The first move from T-Mobile under its Un-carrier Amped campaign is JUMP! On Demand, an addition to its existing upgrade policy. Previously, customers had to pay a $10 fee each month to upgrade whenever they wanted, but T-Mobile has removed that fee in JUMP! On Demand. The monthly phone payment now covers that cost, meaning it is no extra to you. Customers will now be able to get three...

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BlackBerry announces common share purchase program

BlackBerry anounces common share purchase program

As announced earlier and approved by the Board of Directors during their Q1 Fiscal 2016 results earnings call, BlackBerry has now announced an update on its planned share repurchase program to purchase for cancellation up to 12 million BlackBerry common shares, or approximately 2.5% of the outstanding public float. "As we've previously indicated, the purpose of this repurchase program is...

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Partnering for Innovation: BlackBerry and Mackenzie Health

Partnering for Innovation: BlackBerry and Mackenzie Health

Extending the already existing relationship with Mackenzie Health, BlackBerry CEO John Chen joined the "Partnering for Innovation: Healthcare in the Digital Age" keynote discussion at the launch of Phase Two of the Mackenzie Health Innovation Unit earlier today. Alongside Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO of Mackenzie Health, the discussions covered the role mobility can play in providing...

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Rogers now completely owns Mobilicity, acquires remaining Shaw spectrum

Rogers completes acquisition of Mobilicity, LTE spectrum from Shaw

Canada's Rogers Communications has announced that it has completed a deal that will allow it to immediately boost speeds for customers in British Columbia, Alberta, and Southern Ontario. The company has just finished its acquisition of Shaw's AWS-1 spectrum, and now completely owns Mobilicity. The deal gives Rogers significant spectrum that is already compatible with their LTE devices. From...

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BlackBerry announces election results for the company's Board of Directors

Just in case you missed the announcement during our live coverage of the BlackBerry Q1 Fiscal 2016 results, BlackBerry has now announced that the six nominees listed in the company's management information circular dated May 11, 2015 for the company's annual and special meeting of shareholders held on June 23, 2015, were elected as directors to serve until the next annual meeting of...

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T-Mobile teases Un-Carrier Amped, more details coming June 25

T-Mobile teases Un-Carrier Amped, more details coming June 25

T-Mobile is getting ready to make some more announcements on June 25, as the company teases Un-Carrier Amped in a new video. The next series of announcements to come from T-Mobile will carry the Un-Carrier Amped branding. With this, the company will be beefing up some of its already popular Un-carrier moves, making them even bigger. The first announcement will be on Thursday, June 25, with...

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John Chen not against building an Android device, provided he can make it secure

While neither BlackBerry's earnings report nor AGM webcast addressed any of the rumors surrounding the possibility of BlackBerry building an Android device, John Chen did sit down with CNBC for an interview where the question was raised. When asked about building a pure Android phone, Chen noted 'We only build secure phones and BlackBerry is the most secure phone so, if I can find a way to...

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BlackBerry Q1 Fiscal 2016 Earnings Call Live Blog!

BlackBerry Q1 Fiscal 2016 Earnings Call Live Blog!

The report is out, but the earnings call still has to happen, so hop into the chat below and settle in. The conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-877-795-3635 or by logging onto the BlackBerry Investors site. After the earnings call, you'll want to come back at 10 am ET for the annual meeting webcast as well. We'll let the...

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