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This is BlackBerry's four-pillar device strategy

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How BlackBerry is defending its enterprise stronghold

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At Mobile World Congress, we caught up with John Sims, the president of enterprise at BlackBerry. He filled us in on how BlackBerry is currently defending its leadership in the sphere of business mobility.

There will be many BlackBerry "Classic" models like the Q20

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Following BlackBerry's Mobile World Congress Press Conference, I had the chance to sit down with the company's VP of Global Product Management, Francois Mahieu. Francois has a broad range of responsibilities at BlackBerry related to bringing new devices to market and we had a delightful conversation of which I'll be following up with more details. While I work on that longer interview piece, I first wanted to follow up with more information on the BlackBerry Q20 that was announced.

The key Q20 clarification that Francois iterated to me during our conversation is that the Q20 is not a one off, but that "Classic" can be considered as a category of devices within BlackBerry's hardware portfolio. Over the years BlackBerry has had different ways of looking at their product families, and the current philosophy according to Francois now splits BlackBerry phones into one of four main categories:

MWC 2014: Mobile Nations Podcast wrap-up!

MWC 2014: Mobile Nations Podcast wrap-up!

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Mobile World Congress 2014 is over and we're wrapping it up in full-on Mobile Nations style! Join Phil Nickinson, Alex Dobie, and Andrew Martonik of Android Central, Kevin Michaluk of CrackBerry, Daniel Rubino of Windows Phone Central, and Richard Devine of iMore as they talk EVERYTHING Samsung, Android, Nokia, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and more!

You can listen below in your browser or grab the download directly through the link provided below!

John Chen makes quiet statement about where BBM could end up next

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When it comes to news surrounding BBM, there was plenty of it coming out of Mobile World Congress but it was a rather off the cuff comment made by BlackBerry CEO, John Chen that caught my attention when he was asked about the WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook and whether or not it changes the strategy for BlackBerry and BBM.

BlackBerry announces their Enterprise BBM Suite - BBM Protected

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The offerings from BlackBerry surrounding BBM continue to grow as BlackBerry has just announced a new Enterprise suite for BBM known as BBM Protected. Take the stage at Mobile World Congress, John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry advised of the service which will be run under a subscription based model and serve as one way BlackBerry plans to monetize BBM.

"BBM has always been an important tool for business users who want real-time messaging that is reliable, trusted and puts control of contacts and personal information in users' hands," said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry. "With the introduction of the eBBM Suite and BBM Protected, we will provide regulated industries and security-conscious organizations with a powerful and best in class instant messaging solution."

BlackBerry has always had an Enterprise IM client but this move takes it one step further and brings the BBM business even closer to some profitability. You can jump below to read on through the full press release.

BlackBerry announces BES12 - One enterprise mobile device management system for all smartphones

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BlackBerry has announced BES12, a new MDM solution that will allow for managing of all devices. Previously it was required to have more than one system for legacy BlackBerry devices, BB10 devices and iOS/Android/Windows Phone devices, but with BES12 everything can be managed all in one place.

BlackBerry announces the BlackBerry Z3

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BlackBerry has announced the BlackBerry Z3 today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Z3 (aka "Jakarta") is an entry-level BlackBerry 10 device that will be geared toward emerging markets. It is also the first device from BlackBerry's partnership with Foxconn

The Z3 joins the BlackBerry Z10 and Z30 as an all-touch BB10 device. It is due out in April in Indonesia (hence the Jakarta codename) for under $200 retail price — the cheapest BlackBerry 10 device by far — with plans to expand availability beyond Indonesia in the future. The Z3 has only a 3G radio, no LTE, which isn't surprising given the price point, though BlackBerry CEO John Chen did say that BlackBerry has "a plan to take that phone out globally with LTE sometime in the future before I die."

BlackBerry announces the BlackBerry Q20 - A keyboard phone with the classic trackpad and function keys

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We heard through the grapevine that this one was coming, and sure enough, today BlackBerry has announced the BlackBerry Q20. The physical keyboard device is the third BlackBerry 10 QWERTY model with one striking difference — it marks the return of the "tool belt" (trackpad and function keys) that we haven't seen since BB7. 

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