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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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BlackBerry and Cisco sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement

BlackBerry and Cisco Sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement

BlackBerry and Cisco today announced that they have entered into a long-term patent cross-licensing agreement covering their respective products and technologies. BlackBerry and Cisco have a long history of technical cooperation and intend to further collaborate under this agreement. "Our agreement with Cisco underscores the value companies place on BlackBerry's broad and foundational...

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BlackBerry Appoints Dr. Laurie Smaldone Alsup to the Board of Directors

In addition to the earnings reports announced today, BlackBerry has also announced the appointment of Laurie Smaldone Alsup, M.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of PharmApprove, to the Company's Board of Directors. "I am pleased to welcome Dr. Laurie Smaldone Alsup to our Board of Directors. Dr. Smaldone Alsup's expertise in the pharmaceutical industry aligns very well with our...

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BlackBerry announces Q1 Fiscal 2016 results

BlackBerry announces Q1 Fiscal 2016 Results

Right on schedule, BlackBerry has now announced their Q1 Fiscal 2016 financial results for the period ending May 30th, 2015. Last quarter, Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen noted "The second half of our turnaround focuses on stabilization of revenue with sustainable profitability and cash generation" and this report offers up a look at how well that focus has played out for BlackBerry. Q1...

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Reminder: BlackBerry to announce Q1 FY2016 results on June 23

Reminder: BlackBerry to announce First Quarter Fiscal 2016 results on June 23

Just a quick, friendly reminder for those of you holding shares of BBRY that Tuesday morning we'll see BlackBerry report its Q1 FY2016 results. The conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-877-795-3635 or by logging onto the BlackBerry Investors site. As always, we'll have a live blog set up for those who rise early and wish to...

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BlackBerry 'Prague' rumored to be company's first Android-powered device

BlackBerry 'Prague' rumored to be company's first Android-powered device

There has been quite a bit of chatter lately about Android-powered BlackBerry devices, and yet another rumor has surfaced. According to N4BB, BlackBerry's first Android device is called the BlackBerry "Prague", which won't be flagship style hardware, instead more on the lower end. It is said that the "Prague" will be aimed towards emerging markets, much like the Android One devices that other...

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The majority of CrackBerry readers wouldn't buy an Android-based BlackBerry

Shocking, right? Who would have thought? BlackBerry users love BlackBerry 10 and don't want an Android-based BlackBerry. Truthfully, I was playing devil's advocate a bit in asking the question because I entirely expected the majority to flat out tell me I was crazy for asking and proceed to reach for their pitchforks. But, that never happened aside from the odd 'what a dumb question' comment....

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FCC fines AT&T $100 million over throttling complaints

AT&T has received a $100 million fine from the FCC in regards to complaints that it was throttling data on unlimited plans. The FCC says it has received thousands of complaints from customers who noticed lower data speeds on their grandfathered data plan, and as a result AT&T will have to pay a hefty sum. In the ruling, the FCC points out that "AT&T inhibited consumers' ability to...

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Comcast is reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile US

Comcast is reportedly interested in acquiring T-Mobile US

Deutsche Telekom is now said to be in talks with Comcast about a potential sale of T-Mobile US. Recently, the Comcast deal fell through with Time Warner, and it was reported that Dish was interested in T-Mobile as well. According to Reuters, Comcast is considered to be the "more attractive" buyer for T-Mobile by the parent company. With Comcast's current financial situation, the company would...

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BlackBerry's upcoming slider, codenamed 'Venice', may release by November 2015

BlackBerry 'Venice' Slider may launch this year

According to some new information from N4BB, it appears as though BlackBerry's upcoming slider may be launching by November 2015. Currently the slider carries a codename of 'Venice', and in addition some supposed specs have surfaced as well. Here is what the reported specs of the Venice are: 5.4-inch Quad-HD display 18 MP rear-camera 5 MP front-camera 1.8 GHz Hexa-core (Snapdragon 808 chipset...

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