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BBMe updated with bug fixes and improvements

BBMe launch screen on Android

Since the closure of consumer BBM, BBMe has not had many updates, but now having passed 1M downloads, a new update, packed with bug fixes and improvements has arrived for Android and will be coming soon to iOS.

BlackBerry combines Cylance with QNX to unveil AI-based automotive solution

BlackBerry QNX vehicle

As part of their CES 2020 announcements, BlackBerry today unveiled what they are calling a concept solution for OEMs and fleet managers that combines BlackBerry Cylance artificial intelligence with BlackBerry QNX technologies.

"This solution represents a major milestone in the company's continued efforts to integrate BlackBerry Cylance's innovative prevention-first, predictive security products with our vast range of industry-leading technologies," said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. "With the average new car containing more than 100 million lines of code and some of the most complex software ever deployed by automakers, the need for a holistic view into the overall health and security posture of a vehicle's entire code base throughout its full lifecycle is absolutely critical. No one knows security better than us and we now have a transportation-focused framework that the industry can tap to enhance the security, trustworthiness, and safety of connected vehicles, providing peace of mind to drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike."

The integrated solution makes use of BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor, CylancePROTECT, CylanceOPTICS, CylancePERSONA, BlackBerry Jarvis, and BlackBerry UEM along with the BlackBerry OTA Software Update Management Service. The end result is an offering that is secure, safe, modular, flexible and can help accelerate development timelines and reduce cost.

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BlackBerry Showcases AI-Based Automotive Solution to Drive the Connected Future

Integrated solution combines BlackBerry Cylance artificial intelligence and BlackBerry QNX technologies

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today unveiled a customizable concept solution that OEMs and fleet managers can use for vehicle health and security use cases to 'future-proof' their vehicles, accelerating development timelines and reducing the cost of moving projects from research to production and onto roads.

Working with BlackBerry's cybersecurity and automotive embedded systems teams, companies across the transportation industry will be able to leverage the solution to build powerful AI and ML software-driven use cases with a view to enhancing the overall safety and security of their vehicles. The new offering marks the first time BlackBerry Cylance's AI and ML technologies have been integrated with BlackBerry QNX solutions, which currently are embedded in more than 150 million cars on the road today.

The modular and flexible system will allow automakers and fleet managers to activate just the features they need or use their own data or pre-built AI/ML models to create an aggregate view of the health of their vehicles from a single console or 'Vehicle Operations Centre,' while also being able to automate software patches, continuously authenticate drivers and proactively address cybersecurity threats using both Endpoint Protection and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) technology. The solution:

  • Is built on the ISO 26262 safety-certified BlackBerry QNX Hypervisor, providing a secure and reliable foundation for safety-critical applications.
  • Leverages threat detection technologies from CylancePROTECT to predict, prevent, detect, and remediate advanced malicious threats and malware in the vehicle infotainment system.
  • Integrates the contextual analysis engine from CylanceOPTICS to provide the capability to proactively scan the vehicle for signs of trouble or software anomalies before they lead to maintenance issues, cybersecurity vulnerabilities, or accidents.
  • Uses behavioral monitoring techniques from CylancePERSONA to ensure the identity of the vehicle's driver is known and trusted in relation to their driving profile.
  • Provides insights into cybersecurity and operational events on vehicle(s) and complete remediation through a fully customizable Vehicle Operations Center.
  • Incorporates the BlackBerry Jarvis cloud-based static binary code scanning solution to identify vulnerabilities in software used in automobiles.
  • Includes the BlackBerry OTA Software Update Management Service, a proven, reliable and secure OTA update service, to allow preventative software maintenance over the lifetime of a car, allowing automakers to deliver new capabilities to millions of end users simultaneously.
  • Leverages BlackBerry UEM for the deployment of malware-free applications to managed vehicles.

"This solution represents a major milestone in the company's continued efforts to integrate BlackBerry Cylance's innovative prevention-first, predictive security products with our vast range of industry-leading technologies," said Charles Eagan, Chief Technology Officer, BlackBerry. "With the average new car containing more than 100 million lines of code and some of the most complex software ever deployed by automakers, the need for a holistic view into the overall health and security posture of a vehicle's entire code base throughout its full lifecycle is absolutely critical. No one knows security better than us and we now have a transportation-focused framework that the industry can tap to enhance the security, trustworthiness, and safety of connected vehicles, providing peace of mind to drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike."

BlackBerry's full suite of automotive offerings will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit BlackBerry at Booth #7515 in the North Hall or www.blackberry.com/smartmobility for more information.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

BlackBerry collaborating with Amazon to deliver secure connected car platform

BlackBerry at CES 2020 information

As part of their CES 2020 highlights, BlackBerry and Amazon Web Services, Inc. have now announced they have teamed up to make connected cars more secure. As part of the announcement, they will be demonstrating a connected vehicle software platform that makes use of BlackBerry QNX and AWS' Internet of Things (IoT) Services in the cloud and in vehicle.

"By working with AWS, we can provide OEMs with a unique foundational software platform that will allow them to build the next-generation connected and autonomous cars of the future," said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "By combining our technologies and strengths into one dedicated cloud-based offering, we can ensure automakers have the tools they need to deliver the driving experience consumers want, without sacrificing on the security and reliability they need."

"Our automotive customers are developing exciting new products and services that rely on the power of the cloud, IoT, and AI/ML. We are thrilled to be working with BlackBerry QNX to provide secure connectivity and advanced edge computing capabilities for the next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles," said Bill Vass, Vice President, Technology, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

Through the combination of technologies, auto manufacturers are able to securely access data from sensors, create software applications and machine-learning models for connected, electric, and autonomous vehicles, all while running a common software platform for all in-vehicle systems.

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BlackBerry Collaborating with Amazon Web Services to Demonstrate Safe, Secure, and Intelligent Connected Vehicle Software Platform for In-Vehicle Applications

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it has teamed up with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) to demonstrate a connected vehicle software platform for in-vehicle applications that combines the safety and security of BlackBerry's QNX real-time operating system with AWS' Internet of Things (IoT) Services in the cloud and in the car. The platform enables automotive manufacturers to securely access data from vehicle sensors, and create software applications and machine-learning models for connected, electric, and autonomous vehicles.

With the AWS-powered BlackBerry platform, automotive OEMs can expedite their vision of continuously and quickly bringing innovative connected vehicle services to market, ranging from cockpit personalization, vehicle acoustic conditioning, vehicle health monitoring, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features. Car companies can also leverage this platform for their new software-centric electric car and autonomous platforms, enabling essential functions such as continuous EV battery life monitoring and prediction, and managing vehicle sub-systems to holistically control warranty costs, providing important security updates and seamless updates of vehicle software features to delight their customers, and drive monetization of vehicle data while exercising control over data access.

The AWS-powered BlackBerry platform combines the two companies' edge and cloud technologies into a comprehensive edge-to-cloud offering for the global automotive industry. QNX software allows automotive OEMs to develop and run a common software platform across in-vehicle systems such as gateways, TCUs, engine controllers, digital cockpits and emerging domain controllers, while AWS capabilities enable automotive software developers to securely and easily access data from vehicle sensors, build software applications and machine learning (ML) models using vehicle data, and deploy them inside the vehicle to enable in-vehicle inference and actions. The platform will integrate the BlackBerry QNX operating system and over-the-air software update services, with AWS IoT cloud services for secure connectivity and telematics, Amazon SageMaker for developing ML models, and AWS IoT edge services for in-vehicle ML inference.

"By working with AWS, we can provide OEMs with a unique foundational software platform that will allow them to build the next-generation connected and autonomous cars of the future," said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions. "By combining our technologies and strengths into one dedicated cloud-based offering, we can ensure automakers have the tools they need to deliver the driving experience consumers want, without sacrificing on the security and reliability they need."

"Our automotive customers are developing exciting new products and services that rely on the power of the cloud, IoT, and AI/ML. We are thrilled to be working with BlackBerry QNX to provide secure connectivity and advanced edge computing capabilities for the next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles," said Bill Vass, Vice President, Technology, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

"Combining the safety and security of QNX with AWS cloud and edge intelligence has the potential to speed the development of Karma's connected car ecosystem," said Lewis Liu, Karma Automotive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy. "It shows how Karma's vehicle platform is being used by technologists as a test-bed to prove new innovation, speed product development and ultimately to provide owners with leading cyber-security resources and predictive maintenance information via the latest artificial intelligence applications. The result is enhanced VVIP treatment for our discerning luxury-customer base, and cutting-edge technology that can lead to new business opportunities for Karma beyond pure automotive retail sales."

BlackBerry's full suite of automotive offerings will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit BlackBerry at Booth #7515 in the North Hall.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

Renovo and BlackBerry QNX to showcase automotive data platform at CES 2020

BlackBerry at CES 2020 information

Renovo and BlackBerry QNX have now announced their plans to jointly develop safety-critical data management solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles by integrating BlackBerry QNX with Renovo's intelligent automotive data platform, Insight.

"QNX RTOS is a world-class real-time OS providing global OEMs with the highest levels of safety and reliability. We're immensely proud to announce our partnership with BlackBerry," said Chris Heiser, Co-Founder and CEO of Renovo. "As leaders in our respective fields, we are excited to join forces to accelerate ADAS and autonomous driving from the lab to the open road."

"Data is the lifeblood of software-defined vehicles of the future and being able to rapidly identify actionable insights is a critical problem facing the automotive industry," said John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry QNX. "By combining Renovo's data management and technology expertise with ours, we will bring a solution forward to accelerate the development of safe and secure connected and autonomous vehicles."

As part of the announcement, the companies noted they will be showcasing new features created through the partnership during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, which takes place on January 7-10 in Las Vegas.

Press Release

Renovo and BlackBerry QNX to Showcase Award-Winning Automotive Data Platform at CES 2020

Innovative ADAS and autonomous driving solutions will be demonstrated at BlackBerry's booth #7515

CAMPBELL, Calif. and WATERLOO, Ontario, Jan. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Global automotive software company, Renovo, and BlackBerry QNX, a business unit of BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB), announced today the companies will cooperate to jointly develop and market safety-critical data management solutions for use in the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles.

As part of the partnership, BlackBerry's QNX ISO 26262 safety-certified real time operating system (RTOS) will integrate with Insight, Renovo's award-winning, intelligent automotive data platform that accelerates development cycles, improves product performance and reduces operational costs for R&D and production fleets.

The BlackBerry QNX-Renovo partnership will deliver an innovative ADAS & AV development platform, combining over 45 years of experience and deep knowledge of embedded systems, highly scalable software platforms and mission-critical safety systems. The companies will reveal some of the new features created through their partnership at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020.

"QNX RTOS is a world-class real-time OS providing global OEMs with the highest levels of safety and reliability. We're immensely proud to announce our partnership with BlackBerry," said Chris Heiser, Co-Founder and CEO of Renovo. "As leaders in our respective fields, we are excited to join forces to accelerate ADAS and autonomous driving from the lab to the open road."

BlackBerry QNX technology is embedded in 150 million cars on the road today, including many of Renovo's own autonomous test fleet. The integration with Renovo's platform is a critical component in creating safe, reliable in-vehicle systems with a clear safety certification path. The integration also brings the BlackBerry QNX RTOS to the Renovo platform outside the vehicle, in edge computing, equally vital to development and certification efforts. As automakers continue to chase the $70 billion market for ADAS features, this partnership represents a significant step forward for the integration of these features at a larger scale than ever before. By working together, Renovo and BlackBerry QNX hope to speed the development and implementation of these features at scale across the globe.

"Data is the lifeblood of software-defined vehicles of the future and being able to rapidly identify actionable insights is a critical problem facing the automotive industry," said John Wall, SVP and Co-Head, BlackBerry QNX. "By combining Renovo's data management and technology expertise with ours, we will bring a solution forward to accelerate the development of safe and secure connected and autonomous vehicles."

Visit Renovo at the BlackBerry booth #7515 in the North Hall where a Renovo autonomous vehicle and other state-of-the-art automotive technologies and software will be on display. Visit www.BlackBerry.com and www.Renovo.auto for more information on the world's leading products and services for the automotive industry.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

About Renovo

Renovo is an award-winning automotive vehicle software company focused on enabling the global commercialization of autonomous vehicle fleets. Renovo's scalable platform merges software, data management, and automotive-grade safety systems into a unified solution for autonomous vehicle fleet deployments. Renovo combines Silicon Valley agility with proven automotive capabilities in a singular commitment to bring autonomous vehicles to the greatest scale, highest safety and lowest cost imaginable.

Damon Motorcycles and BlackBerry QNX to debut Hypersport Pro Electric Superbike at CES 2020

Damon Motorcycles Hypersport Pro Electric Superbike

BlackBerry QNX technology will power the CoPilot advanced warning system.

Ahead of CES 2020, Damon Motorcycles and BlackBerry QNX have now announced plans to collaboratively unveil Damon's flagship Hypersport Pro Electric Superbike at the event on January 7th. The joint unveiling is part of a broader announcement that Damon Motorcycles will be using BlackBerry QNX to power its CoPilot advanced warning system across its entire line-up.

"We're on a mission to unleash the full potential of personal mobility for the world's commuters," said Jay Giraud, Chief Executive Officer of Damon Motorcycles. "To address this, we spent the last three years developing an AI-powered, fully connected, e-motorcycle platform that incorporates CoPilot, our proprietary 360º warning system. By building it on BlackBerry's best-in-class technology that is safety certified, Damon motorcycles will be the safest, most advanced electric motorcycle in the market."

"With its advanced collision warning system, Damon's new Hypersport Pro is a game-changing model for the motorcycle industry," said Grant Courville, VP, Product Management and Strategy, BlackBerry QNX. "We're absolutely thrilled to have them in our booth and look forward to showing off the highly-secure software that delivers enhanced situational awareness and increased peace of mind for riders. BlackBerry QNX is leading the way in next-generation mobility systems by providing a safe and secure platform for connected vehicles and beyond and we're proud to work with Damon on this exciting advancement."

In addition to the unveiling, the BlackBerry booth at CES will also be hosting the Future Of Motorcycling Interactive Experience where those in attendance will be able to take in 'a rideable, leaning stationary motorcycle that uses virtual reality to showcase the motorcycle's unique features' including the CoPilot advanced warning system.

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Damon Motorcycles and BlackBerry QNX Revolutionize Motorcycling with the Introduction of Hypersport Pro Electric Superbike

  • Damon to unveil flagship motorcycle, the 'Hypersport Pro at CES 2020 in BlackBerry Limited's (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) booth #7515, North Hall.

  • FutureOfMotorcycling Interactive Experience will be open to all CES attendees in the BlackBerry booth from January 7 - 10, 2020

VANCOUVER, British Columbia and WATERLOO, Ontario, Jan. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Damon Motorcycles announced today that its CoPilot™ advanced warning system will be powered by BlackBerry QNX technology across its entire line-up of advanced electric motorcycles.

As part of the agreement, Damon has licensed BlackBerry QNX technology, including its industry-leading real-time operating system to serve as the safe and secure foundation for the Damon CoPilot warning system on its new flagship electric motorcycle.

Damon will unveil this disruptive, limited edition superbike, the Hypersport Pro™, and open reservations to the public online and at CES at 10:00am PST, January 7th. In BlackBerry's booth, attendees will also be able to experience Damon's next generation motorcycle first-hand in the #FutureOfMotorcycling Interactive Experience, a rideable, leaning stationary motorcycle that uses virtual reality to showcase the motorcycle's unique features on the show floor. These features include its powerful all-electric performance, its CoPilot advanced warning system, and Shift™, its patented rider ergonomics that lets riders electronically adjust the Hypersport's riding position while in motion. CoPilot uses radar, cameras and non-visual sensors to track the speed, direction and velocity of moving objects around the motorcycle. Attendees can book a time slot to experience it at CES by visiting damonmotorcycles.com/VR.

"We're on a mission to unleash the full potential of personal mobility for the world's commuters," said Jay Giraud, Chief Executive Officer of Damon Motorcycles. "To address this, we spent the last three years developing an AI-powered, fully connected, e-motorcycle platform that incorporates CoPilot, our proprietary 360º warning system. By building it on BlackBerry's best-in-class technology that is safety certified, Damon motorcycles will be the safest, most advanced electric motorcycle in the market."

"With its advanced collision warning system, Damon's new Hypersport Pro is a game-changing model for the motorcycle industry," said Grant Courville, VP, Product Management and Strategy, BlackBerry QNX. "We're absolutely thrilled to have them in our booth and look forward to showing off the highly-secure software that delivers enhanced situational awareness and increased peace of mind for riders. BlackBerry QNX is leading the way in next-generation mobility systems by providing a safe and secure platform for connected vehicles and beyond and we're proud to work with Damon on this exciting advancement."

BlackBerry QNX is a leader in delivering trusted embedded operating systems and development tools to companies for which failure is not an option. Committed to the highest safety, reliability and security standards, BlackBerry QNX has developed a portfolio of software and services with a proven record of helping developers deliver complex and connected next generation products. BlackBerry QNX technology is trusted in over 150 million vehicles and millions of embedded systems, including medical, industrial automation, robotics, energy, defense and aerospace applications. For more information on BlackBerry QNX, please visit blackberry.qnx.com.

With performance specs to be released at CES 2020, Damon's industry-leading advanced prototypes are set to hit the roads in mid-2020 to the world's largest mobility segment well overdue for a safer, smarter, zero emission solution. For more information on Damon Motorcycles, please visit damonmotorcycles.com.

About Damon Motors Inc.

Damon is unleashing the full potential of personal mobility for the world's commuters. With its proprietary electric drivetrain, the company has developed the world's safest, smartest, fully connected electric motorcycle employing sensor fusion, robotics and AI. Designed as a platform for worldwide line extension, Damon motorcycles will ship direct to consumer on subscription plans to drive scale. Based in Vancouver, Canada, Damon is a Techstars Mobility company founded by serial entrepreneurs Jay Giraud and Dom Kwong. Damon's investors include Round 13 Capital, Techstars, Fontinalis, Extreme Venture Partners and Pallasite Ventures.

Learn more at damonmotorcycles.com and follow us on Instagram @damonmotorcycles.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

BlackBerry KEY2 software update ACI448 now available

BlackBerry KEY2 update screen

The latest BlackBerry KEY2 software update has now started to roll out across several regions and device variants. Coming in at around 70MB, the update is noted to be build ACI448 and contains all the December Android security patches. You can check this list to see if it has appeared for your variant yet, or go ahead and check for updates.

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BlackBerry reports Fiscal 2020 Q3 results

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BlackBerry today announced their fiscal 2020 Q3 results with John Chen, Executive Chairman , and CEO, BlackBerry noting "BlackBerry achieved sequential growth in revenue across all of our software businesses while generating healthy non-GAAP profitability and free cash flow as we continue to invest in our future,"

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue of $280 million, or 23% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $267 million, or 18% growth year-over-year
  • Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $275 million, or 26% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $262 million, or 21% growth year-over-year; both are record quarterly highs
  • Total company non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.03; GAAP loss per basic share of $0.06 and GAAP loss per diluted share of $0.07
  • Total company free cash flow generated of $37 million, as reported

"BlackBerry achieved sequential growth in revenue across all of our software businesses while generating healthy non-GAAP profitability and free cash flow as we continue to invest in our future," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "I am pleased with our progress. Our pipeline is growing as we deliver against our product roadmap and execute on our go-to-market expansion."

If you're looking for the full table breakdowns, they can be found on the BlackBerry Investors website in addition to the supplemental financial information as well as the conference call transcript once it has been uploaded.

Press Release

BlackBerry Reports Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter Results

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue of $280 million, or 23% growth year-over-year; total company GAAP revenue of $267 million, or 18% growth year-over-year
  • Total non-GAAP Software and Services revenue of $275 million, or 26% growth year-over-year; total GAAP Software and Services revenue of $262 million, or 21% growth year-over-year; both are record quarterly highs
  • Total company non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share of $0.03; GAAP loss per basic share of $0.06 and GAAP loss per diluted share of $0.07
  • Total company free cash flow generated of $37 million, as reported

WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today reported financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2019 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

  • Total company non-GAAP revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $280 million, up 23% year-over-year. Total company GAAP revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was $267 million, up 18% year-over-year. Total non-GAAP software and services revenue was $275 million, up 26% year-over-year. Total GAAP software and services revenue was $262 million, up 21% year-over-year. Third quarter recurring non-GAAP software and services revenue (excluding IP licensing and professional services) was over 90%. Non-GAAP gross margin was 77% and GAAP gross margin was 74%.
  • Total company non-GAAP operating earnings was $20 million. Total company GAAP operating loss was $29 million. Non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.03 (basic and diluted). GAAP net loss was $0.06 per basic share and $0.07 per diluted share. GAAP net loss includes $35 million for acquired intangibles amortization expense, $15 million in stock compensation expense, $10 million in restructuring charges, a benefit of $20 million related to the fair value adjustment on the debentures, and other amounts as summarized in a table below.
  • Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $970 million as of November 30, 2019. Free cash flow generated, before considering the impact of acquisition and integration expenses, restructuring costs and legal proceedings, was $41 million. Cash generated from operations was $40 million and capital expenditures were $3 million.

"BlackBerry achieved sequential growth in revenue across all of our software businesses while generating healthy non-GAAP profitability and free cash flow as we continue to invest in our future," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "I am pleased with our progress. Our pipeline is growing as we deliver against our product roadmap and execute on our go-to-market expansion."

Outlook

BlackBerry will provide fiscal year 2020 outlook in connection with the quarterly earnings announcement on its earnings conference call. The earnings call transcript will be made available on our website and on SEDAR.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 a.m. ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1- 877-682-6267 or by logging on at BlackBerry.com/Investors. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 11 a.m. ET by dialing 1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #9608207 and at the link above.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

BlackBerry to showcase Next Gen Secure Transportation Solutions at CES 2020

BlackBerry is preparing for CES 2020 and has now announced its plans to showcase its next-generation security and transportation offerings at the event taking place on January 7-10 in Las Vegas, along with dropping a little video teaser.

Mapping to BlackBerry's vision of securing a connected future, the company's presence at this year's conference will center on industry-leading AI-driven security innovations and the role disruptive technologies play in the evolution of smart auto and transportation.

2019 was a landmark year for BlackBerry, with the integration of BlackBerry Cylance and the launch of BlackBerry Intelligent Security and BlackBerry Labs. Powered with advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, BlackBerry is building these technologies into its full suite of products for the IoT, guaranteeing companies and users across the globe have access to the intelligent security solutions needed to stay safe and secure in our hyperconnected world.

Throughout CES 2020, BlackBerry will have their booth set up in the North Hall, where they will have demos from BlackBerry Labs as well as partners such as Jaguar Land Rover, Renovo, and Damon Motorcycles organized. Also, this year, they will be live streaming from the show floor, and you can follow along on Twitter using #BBCES2020.

Press Release

BlackBerry to Unveil Next Generation of Secure Transportation Solutions at CES 2020

WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced it will showcase the latest in next-generation security and transportation solutions at CES 2020. Mapping to BlackBerry's vision of securing a connected future, the company's presence at this year's conference will center on industry-leading AI-driven security innovations, and the role disruptive technologies play in the evolution of smart auto and transportation.

2019 was a landmark year for BlackBerry, with the integration of BlackBerry Cylance and the launch of BlackBerry Intelligent Security and BlackBerry Labs. Powered with advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, BlackBerry is building these technologies into its full suite of products for the IoT, guaranteeing companies and users across the globe have access to the intelligent security solutions needed to stay safe and secure in our hyperconnected world.

Visit BlackBerry in the North Hall (Booth #7515)

Stop by our booth for an up-close look at the latest innovations born from BlackBerry Labs, as well as partnerships with industry leaders like AWS, and automotive OEMs/Tier 1's like Jaguar Land Rover, Renovo, and Damon Motorcycles.

See how BlackBerry is further establishing itself as the premier foundational software platform of the next-generation car and view this teaser video for a sneak peek of what's to come.

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Book a Meeting with BlackBerry

Want to book a meeting with one of our executives, discuss partnership opportunities or dig into specs with one of our product experts? Visit our CES 2020 page at http://blackberry.com/ces2020.

Can't Make it to CES 2020?

Those unable to attend the event can still keep up with all BlackBerry's CES announcements, updates, and coverage through BlackBerry's Newsroom, as well as @BlackBerry on Twitter, #BBCES2020 and by following the live broadcasts that the company will be streaming from the show floor.

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To make things easier, GoTalk also offers free shipping and the option to use Affirm payment as low as $32 per month. If you don't already have a service provider or are looking to switch things up, you can also take advantage of their 3 free months of service provided by Mint Mobile which includes unlimited US Calls and Text Messages as well as 8GB of data.

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MetaMinds and BlackBerry partner to deliver Smart Education Systems in Romania

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As part of initiatives to provide advanced digital infrastructure to students through Romania's National Wireless Campus Project, BlackBerry and MetaMinds have now announced a partnership to deliver BlackBerry 2FA services along with Wi-Fi to 4,500 public schools across Romania.

"In the age of connected everything, when protecting what you care about is more important than ever, we rely on essential technologies from strategic partners like BlackBerry who wrote the book on secure mobility and online collaboration," said Andrei Cruceru, CEO of MetaMinds. "In collaboration with BlackBerry we are able to deliver on our key strengths for the National Wireless Campus Project, where our joint value proposition is being put to very good use as our country invests in the future for a protected online learning space and connected educational services."

"Smart Education Systems are critical for students to thrive in today's economy," said Adam Enterkin, Senior Vice President EMEA, BlackBerry. "BlackBerry is delighted to partner with MetaMinds to provide students across Romania with the advanced technology they need to securely and efficiently access the resources they require to succeed."

Press Release

MetaMinds Partners with BlackBerry to Deliver Smart Education Systems in Romania

BlackBerry 2FA technology will enable the Government of Romania to deliver Wi-Fi to 4,500 public schools and 1.5 million students

WATERLOO, Ontario, Dec. 12, 2019 /CNW/ -- BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and MetaMinds (formerly Nova Tech) announced today a new milestone in their partnership that will provide advanced digital infrastructure to students as part of the Government of Romania's National Wireless Campus Project.

MetaMinds, an award-winning technology system integrator and managed IT solutions provider, will implement BlackBerry's two-factor authentication software, BlackBerry® 2FA, to deliver Wi-Fi to 4,500 public schools across Romania.

BlackBerry 2FA delivers user-friendly, high-security authentication that safeguards standards-based services, in the cloud and on-premise, and supports managed and unmanaged endpoints. The superior user experience and best-in-class security delivered by the solution will provide over 1.5 million students and teachers with a trusted collaboration environment that is conducive to greater learning.

"In the age of connected everything, when protecting what you care about is more important than ever, we rely on essential technologies from strategic partners like BlackBerry who wrote the book on secure mobility and online collaboration," said Andrei Cruceru, CEO of MetaMinds. "In collaboration with BlackBerry we are able to deliver on our key strengths for the National Wireless Campus Project, where our joint value proposition is being put to very good use as our country invests in the future for a protected online learning space and connected educational services."

"Smart Education Systems are critical for students to thrive in today's economy," said Adam Enterkin, Senior Vice President EMEA, BlackBerry. "BlackBerry is delighted to partner with MetaMinds to provide students across Romania with the advanced technology they need to securely and efficiently access the resources they require to succeed."

Learn more about BlackBerry 2FA at www.BlackBerry.com/2FA.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

WM Motor will use BlackBerry QNX to power their Next Gen vehicles

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As WM Motor looks toward producing their third-generation SUVs, it has now been announced they will be using BlackBerry QNX software and services including QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits, QNX Hypervisor for Safety as well as BlackBerry's QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS).

"WM Motor focuses on the mass market audience. Safety, security, and reliability are top of mind when we consider embedded systems," said Jarvis Yan, Partner and CTO of WM Motor. "BlackBerry QNX is the obvious choice for its safety-certified, extremely reliable, and highly secure automotive software."

Having produced over 20,000 cars, WM Motor has been ranked as one of the most popular electric car startups in China. "We are thrilled to partner with WM Motor to help them address those challenges with a view to developing world-class vehicles that deliver a secure, reliable and innovative mobility experience, " said Kaivan Karimi, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry.

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WM Motor Chooses BlackBerry to Power Next Generation Vehicles

SHANGHAI, CHINA and WATERLOO, CANADA – December 10, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced Chinese electric carmaker WM Motor will embed BlackBerry's QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS) and other BlackBerry QNX software products within the company's third-generation SUVs.

As part of the agreement, WM Motor will use a range of BlackBerry QNX software and services including the QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits and QNX Hypervisor for Safety to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the software within the forthcoming production run of its third-generation SUVs.

Since going into mass production just over a year ago, the company now has over 20,000 cars on the road manufactured out of its facility in Wenzhou.

"Powering more than 150 million vehicles on the road today and counting, BlackBerry QNX's automotive software products are made to address the complex software challenges faced by automotive manufacturers, including ISO 26262 ASIL-D safety certifications, deterministic performance and mission-critical security," said Kaivan Karimi, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry. "We are thrilled to partner with WM Motor to help them address those challenges with a view to developing world-class vehicles that deliver a secure, reliable and innovative mobility experience."

A forerunner in China's new energy vehicle (NEV) market, WM Motor was ranked one of the most popular electric car startups in China. The partnership with BlackBerry QNX is a strategic move to advance product excellence and customer satisfaction.

"WM Motor focuses on the mass market audience. Safety, security, and reliability are top of mind when we consider embedded systems," said Jarvis Yan, Partner and CTO of WM Motor. "BlackBerry QNX is the obvious choice for its safety-certified, extremely reliable, and highly secure automotive software."

As the leader in safety-certified, secure, and reliable software for the automobile industry, BlackBerry provides OEMs and Tier 1s around the world with state-of-the-art foundational software and cybersecurity technologies. BlackBerry's pedigree in safety, security, and continued innovation has led to its QNX technology being used and trusted by automotive OEMs and tier ones in their advanced driver assistance, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, handsfree, and infotainment systems.

BlackBerry's full suite of automotive offerings will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit BlackBerry at Booth #7515 in the North Hall.

For additional information about the BlackBerry QNX platform and why it is the most advanced embedded software platform on the autonomous vehicle market, please visit www.blackberry.com/qnx.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.

About WM Motor

WM Motor is an emerging leader in the Chinese electric passenger vehicle market, with a focus on a mass market audience. The Company currently offers world class, affordable battery electric vehicles (under the "Weltmeister", or "威马汽车" brand). These cars are equipped with best-in-class proprietary battery management systems, robust driving ranges, industry leading autonomous driving and smart connectivity features.

BlackBerry and MARELLI China team up to integrate QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits

Marelli Digital Cockpit

Looking to expand their partnership, BlackBerry and MARELLI Electronics China have now announced plans to collaborate to integrate QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits into MARELLI's Electronics eCockpit and Digital Cluster offering. The solution, once integrated, will be used by MARELLI's Chinese OEM customers.

"It's a privilege to work with MARELLI to deliver this innovative solution with a view to providing the kind of in-car experience that drivers want, with the safety, security, and reliability they need," said Kaivan Karimi, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry. "Together we will enable leading Chinese automakers to provide customers with access to the latest applications that consumers want while simultaneously securing and sandboxing the infotainment portion of the digital cockpit so that if an app crashes, or its security is compromised or needs to be updated, it will not impact mission critical-driving functions."

BlackBerry has worked with MARELLI Electronics China since 2016 deploying QNX Hypervisor for Safety and QNX Software Development Platform 7.0 across four major Chinese automakers. Speaking on the announcement, Wisea Wu, General Manager, MARELLI Electronics China noted:

"New automotive technologies are evolving faster than ever in the competitive global auto market, the partnership with BlackBerry aligns with our strategies and allows us to develop next-generation, safe and reliable digital cockpits for our customers, which we believe will help Chinese automakers to boost the security and connectivity of their vehicles."

Press Release

BlackBerry and MARELLI China to Power Major Chinese Vehicle Brands with QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits

SHANGHAI, CHINA and WATERLOO, CANADA – December 10, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and MARELLI Electronics China, a global Tier 1 automotive supplier, today announced a strategic collaboration to integrate QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits in MARELLI's Electronics eCockpit and Digital Cluster solution. The integrated solution is expected to be commercialized by a wide range of MARELLI's Chinese OEM customers.

By leveraging the QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits, MARELLI's sophisticated eCockpit and Digital Cluster solution enables automakers to deliver an in-vehicle experience that mirrors the personalized and seamless connected experience that customers have in their home or office, while ensuring that critical systems are safe, secure and reliable.

"It's a privilege to work with MARELLI to deliver this innovative solution with a view to providing the kind of in-car experience that drivers want, with the safety, security, and reliability they need," said Kaivan Karimi, Senior Vice President and Co-Head of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, BlackBerry. "Together we will enable leading Chinese automakers to provide customers with access to the latest applications that consumers want while simultaneously securing and sandboxing the infotainment portion of the digital cockpit so that if an app crashes, or its security is compromised or needs to be updated, it will not impact mission critical-driving functions."

The expanded relationship builds on a solid foundation between MARELLI Electronics China and BlackBerry, who since 2016 have used the QNX Hypervisor for Safety and QNX Software Development Platform (SDP) 7.0 to develop embedded cockpit systems which have been deployed with four major Chinese automakers."

"New automotive technologies are evolving faster than ever in the competitive global auto market," said Wisea Wu, General Manager, MARELLI Electronics China. "The partnership with BlackBerry aligns with our strategies and allows us to develop next-generation, safe and reliable digital cockpits for our customers, which we believe will help Chinese automakers to boost the security and connectivity of their vehicles."

The QNX Platform for Digital Cockpits is a leading-edge, fully-integrated, software solution that combines BlackBerry's safety-certified QNX Hypervisor for Safety, QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters, QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, and a secure Android implementation. It enables automakers to offer a reliable and secure QNX-based digital instrument cluster and infotainment system that provides access to the latest Android-based applications from a single ECU.

As the leader in safety-certified, secure, and reliable software for the automobile industry, BlackBerry provides OEMs and Tier 1s around the world with state-of-the-art foundational software and cybersecurity technologies. BlackBerry's pedigree in safety, security, and continued innovation has led to its QNX technology being used and trusted by automotive OEMs and tier ones in their advanced driver assistance, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, handsfree, and infotainment systems.

BlackBerry's full suite of automotive offerings will be demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas from January 7-10, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit BlackBerry at Booth #7515 in the North Hall.

For additional information about the BlackBerry QNX platform and why it is the most advanced embedded software platform on the autonomous vehicle market, please visit www.blackberry.com/qnx.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry

About MARELLI

MARELLI is a progressive, open-minded and truly global partner who inspires you to go further. MARELLI brings together two successful global automotive manufacturers from Italy and Japan, with a world-leading reputation for innovation and manufacturing excellence (Monozukuri). MARELLI operates out of 170 facilities and R&D centers across Europe, Japan, the Americas, and Asia Pacific, and has operational headquarters in Saitama, Japan and Corbetta, Italy.

BlackBerry to announce Fiscal Year 2020 Q3 results on December 20, 2019

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Before 2019 closes out, BlackBerry has to do their reporting for Fiscal Year 2020 Q3 and they've now announced those results will be detailed on December 20, 2019.

BlackBerry to Announce Fiscal Year 2020 Third Quarter Results on December 20, 2019

WATERLOO, ONTARIO – December 6, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) will report results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 at 8 a.m. ET on Friday, December 20, 2019. The conference call can be accessed by dialing +1-877-682-6267 or live streamed on the company's website at BlackBerry.com/Investors.

A replay of the conference call will be available at approximately 11 a.m. ET on December 20, 2019, by dialing +1-800-585-8367 and entering Conference ID #9608207. It will also be available at the link above.

During Q2 2020, BlackBerry reported total company GAAP revenue of $244 million, earning them 16% growth year-over-year with total company free cash flow sitting at $14 million. At the time, BlackBerry CEO John Chen noted "In the quarter, our QNX, Cylance and Licensing businesses executed at or better than our expectations. We achieved break-even non-GAAP earnings per share and generated free cash flow even with increased investments in sales and product development to support future growth,"

Protect your new tech with a warranty from Upsie

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Did you purchase new tech over the weekend? If yes, did you get the warranty protection offered by retailers?

Purchasing warranty protection is a no-brainer for anyone who only wants to buy the item one time. After all, if your device under warranty breaks, you only need to pay the deductible to get it repaired or replaced. And this time of year, when money seems to evaporate out of accounts, saving money is a novelty.

Not all warranty protection is created equal, though. For example, an in-store phone warranty tends to be significantly overpriced compared to Upsie. Upsie is a better, more affordable and incredibly reliable warranty option for your new tech. Check out this price comparison of a BlackBerry KEY2 repair between Upsie, Best Buy and a repair shop.

Upsie is affordable

Upsie is clearly the most affordable option. Additionally, Upsie's deductible prices are significantly lower than retailers. In most cases, you can even get your device repaired same-day at a repair shop near you.

So what if you already bought a warranty from a retailer, or even from a cellphone carrier? No problem! Warranties are surprisingly easy to cancel.

  • If you purchased your device within the last 45 days (smartphones) to 60 days (everything else) you can purchase an Upsie warranty.
  • You can cancel your retailer warranty at any time. Typically, you will receive a full refund if you cancel it within 30 days of purchase. If over 30 days have passed, you will likely get a prorated refund.
  • Simply call the phone number on the retailer's site to cancel your plan. Then, protect your new device with Upsie!

If you haven't purchased your tech yet, remember to get Upsie when the time comes. Upsie will save you up to 81% compared to retailer warranties now, and hundreds of dollars when your device breaks down the road.

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BlackBerry KEY2 software update ACF885 now available

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Although Rogers missed their scheduled update on November 27, the November security update for the BlackBerry KEY2 has begun rolling out over the air across several KEY2 variants.

If you have your KEY2 set to automatically download updates, you can look for the notification. If you prefer to manually download updates, go ahead and take a look and see if it's available for you. Right now, the update has been spotted on Rogers, Bell, Telus, AT&T and more.

Once downloaded and installed, you can check your security patch level, which should now be showing November 5, 2019. If you happen to spot anything new or fixed aside from the security patches, let us know in the forums!

Save $150 on the BlackBerry KEY2 from GoTalk during Cyber Monday

BlackBerry KEY2 in Black and Silver

GoTalk, for a while now, has been the best spot to pick up a new BlackBerry KEY2 and as part of their Cyber Monday deals, they're making it a bit easier on your bank account to pick one up. Simply use coupon code BFKEY2 at checkout, you will save $150 on the KEY2.

GoTalk has the KEY2 in Black and Silver, unlocked, and ready to ship out to you! If you're not currently with a carrier, Go Talk also has an option on the KEY2's product page which allows you to add a plan with today's purchase; you can even choose a 3-month Mint Mobile prepaid data plan for free, so your phone will be able to make calls and texts once it arrives at your home.

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The BlackBerry KEY2, powered by Android features the most intelligent keyboard and up to 2 days of battery life. Use coupon code BFKEY2 at checkout you will save $150 on the KEY2 during Cyber Monday.

AT&T BlackBerry KEYone software update ACG696 now available

BlackBerry KEYone software update screen

While updates for most BlackBerry KEYone variants have wrapped up, AT&T has continued releasing new builds and the latest, noted as ACG696, is now available.

Although the AT&T software update site hasn't been updated yet to show the new build, we know from folks who have already installed it that brings along all the November Android security patches.

If you purchased your BlackBerry KEYone from AT&T, go ahead and check for updates, and it could be there waiting for you. If you happen to spot anything else that been fixed, aside from the security patches, stop by the CrackBerry Forums and let others know.

Protect your Black Friday purchases with a warranty from Upsie!

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If you've spent time online in the past week, you've been bombarded by Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals. Many Americans will be taking advantage of these discounts to buy new tech. After all, you can find some great deals right now! When you purchase tech, you'll be asked if you want to add-on a warranty protection plan. Here's what you need to know before saying yes or no.

Does a warranty make financial sense?

Overall, warranties absolutely make financial sense. For example, the average out-of-pocket repair cost for a broken BlackBerry is $315. With smartphone protection from a retailer, you will save $6. Alternately, with smartphone protection from Upsie, you will save over $150! Upsie's plan prices are low and the deductible prices are the lowest in the industry.

If your phone were to break again, you would simply need to pay the deductible price to get it repaired again. For those of you with kids, you know how easily a device can break!

Upsie is affordable

The most affordable warranty option

Now, you might be wondering why Upsie's plan costs so much less than the retailer's plan. Easy. Upsie doesn't over-inflate their margins. Back in the day, Upsie's CEO saw how retailers were taking advantage of their customers. He looked into the numbers and figured out that retailers were marking up their warranty prices as much as 900%! Then he proceeded to start Upsie to give shoppers a better warranty option.

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Other benefits of Upsie

In addition to better prices, Upsie has significantly better service. When you purchase a plan, you must upload a picture of your receipt along with basic device information. Then, when you call to make a claim, a real person will answer the phone from their Florida call center. The Upsie reps will be able to pull up your device receipt and information so your claims call is quick and your device is repaired ASAP. Upsie is currently available in the US only.

Good luck shopping this holiday season! Remember to protect your new devices now so you will save money in the long run.

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