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BlackBerry Gives T-Mobile It’s Wish

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Well if you would have been reading between the lines, this shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that BlackBerry has decided that it is best not to renew its T-Mobile U.S., Inc. Licensing agreement. This comes of the heels of some bad blood spewing between camps from what most would consider some low down dirty shame marketing done by T-Mobile recently targeting current BlackBerry users via email to trade in their legacy devices for iPhones.

I have to admit that as a T-Mobile customer and BlackBerry user, that email really rubbed me the wrong way and I let T-Mobile know just how I felt about it via Twitter and Facebook. I could get deep into that subject but as time has passed I have learned to let things go as there is no reason to continue fuming about it.

This is really some big news for many as it came from outta nowhere but may be not as big for T-Mobile. The way I see it T-Mobile got just what they wanted and I would consider this a win on T-Mobile’s part. If you look at it BlackBerry has done very little or nothing to provide any kind of marketing for any of the BlackBerry 10 devices to help push consumers awareness. If you sit around and wait on carriers to push your product 100% then you are putting yourself and your relationship with that carrier in a bad position. With that said, the carrier also has a responsibility on their part as well to have their staff properly trained on devices and products that they support. <v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75"
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T-Mobile totally disrespected BlackBerry, the brand, the product, services and BlackBerry customers.  Maybe this is best that they part ways as there was nothing positive coming from this relationship to build on. I am on the fence about this recent decision as I enjoy the speed and services of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Network. I can put a T-Mobile sim card in 3 of my current BlackBerry devices and be content and happy with the services. For now I will continue to use T-Mobile as my secondary provider with a love hate relationship about it.

Is this now something that BlackBerry users should really look deeper into? What happens with ATT, Sprint and Verizon? Are we looking at a possible end of life cycle support for BlackBerry consumer products with carriers? So many questions run through my mind as we embark on a path of uncertainty.

Please see the Press Release below and leave us some feedback

 

Waterloo, ON – BlackBerry® Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that it will not renew the T-Mobile U.S., Inc. license to sell BlackBerry products when it expires on April 25, 2014.

BlackBerry customers on the T-Mobile network should not see any difference in their service or support.  BlackBerry will work closely with T-Mobile to provide the best possible customer service to any customer remaining on the T-Mobile U.S. network or to any customer purchasing devices from T-Mobile’s existing inventory.

BlackBerry is also working closely with other carrier partners to provide consumers and business users with alternatives should they decide to transition to another carrier and remain with BlackBerry for their long-term device and service needs.  For additional details, offers and assistance, business customers and consumers can go to http://us.blackberry.com/smartphones.html.

“BlackBerry has had a positive relationship with T-Mobile for many years.  Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers.  We hope to work with T-Mobile again in the future when our business strategies are aligned,” said BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chair, John Chen.  “We are deeply grateful to our loyal BlackBerry customers and will do everything in our power to provide continued support with your existing carrier or ensure a smooth transition to our other carrier partners.

About BlackBerry
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.

Media Relations Contacts:
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(519) 888-7465 x77273

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A Dad’s Look at OS 10.2.1 for The Z30

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Today I ran across a video review update for the BlackBerry Z30 over at daddoes.com. Originally daddoes.com did an initial review of the Z30 but it was prior to the 10.2.1 update. This video review featured BlackBerry 10′s OS 10.2.1 update and included some very nice features and uses for the Z30.

What I enjoyed most about this video is that it shows just how useful the Z30 can be with real world everyday usage. Some of the features shown in the video are features that even I, BlackBerry Hank, have yet to take full advantage of.

I’m sure you will enjoy this review so please leave us some feedback!

 

Source www.daddoes.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BlackBerry’s End of The Year & Q4 2014 Results

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Earlier this Morning BlackBerry Limited released it’s End of the Year results and Fiscal Q4 Highlights. You can see the results below. Earning’s call expected at 8am Eastern today.

Waterloo, ON  – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months and fiscal year ended March 1, 2014 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

 

Q4 Highlights:

•                      Cash and investments balance of $2.7B at the end of the fiscal fourth quarter

•                      Adjusted Q4 gross margin of 43%, up from 34% in the prior quarter

•                      Channel inventory down 30% from the prior quarter

•                      Reduced adjusted operating expenses by approximately 51% from Q1FY14

•                      Revenue for the fourth quarter of approximately $976 million

 

Q4 Results

 

Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 was approximately $976 million, down $217 million or 18% from approximately $1.2 billion in the previous quarter and down 64% from $2.7 billion in the same quarter of fiscal 2013.  The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 37% for hardware, 56% for services and 7% for software and other revenue.  During the fourth quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 1.3 million BlackBerry smartphones compared to approximately 1.9 million BlackBerry smartphones in the previous quarter. During the fourth quarter, approximately 3.4 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers, which included shipments made and recognized prior to the fourth quarter and which reduced the Company’s inventory in channel.  Of the BlackBerry smartphones sold through to end customers in the fourth quarter, approximately 2.3 million were BlackBerry 7 devices.

 

GAAP loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $423 million, or $0.80 per share diluted. The loss includes a non-cash charge associated with the change in the fair value of the Debentures of approximately $382 million (the “Q4 Fiscal 2014 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment”), a pre-tax recovery of previously recorded inventory charges of approximately $149 million (the “Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery”) and pre-tax restructuring charges of approximately $148 million related to the Cost Optimization and Resource Efficiency (“CORE”) program. This compares with a GAAP loss from continuing operations of $4.4 billion, or $8.37 per share diluted in the prior quarter, and GAAP income from continuing operations of $94 million, or $0.18 per share diluted, in the same quarter last year.

 

Adjusted loss from continuing operations for the fourth quarter was $42 million, or $0.08 per share diluted. Adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share exclude the impact of the non-cash Q4 Fiscal 2014 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of approximately $382 million ($382 million after tax), the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery of approximately $149 million ($106 million after tax), and pre-tax restructuring  charges of approximately $148 million ($105 million after tax) related to the CORE program incurred in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. These impacts on GAAP loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations are summarized in the table below.

 

The total of cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was approximately $2.7 billion as of March 1, 2014, compared to $3.2 billion at the end of the previous quarter. Cash flow used in operations in the fourth quarter was approximately $553 million. Cash flows provided by financing activities in the fourth quarter were approximately $251 million, which includes the additional issuance of $250 million of convertible debentures.  Cash flows used in investing activities included intangible asset additions of approximately $243 million. Purchase obligations and other commitments amounted to approximately $1.9 billion as at March 1, 2014, with purchase orders with contract manufacturers representing approximately $586 million of the total.

 

“I am very pleased with our progress and execution in fiscal Q4 against the strategy we laid out three months ago.  We have significantly streamlined operations, allowing us to reach our expense reduction target one quarter ahead of schedule,” said John Chen, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackBerry. “BlackBerry is on sounder financial footing today with a path to returning to growth and profitability.”

 

 

Outlook

 

The Company anticipates maintaining its strong cash position and continuing to look for opportunities to streamline operations. The Company is targeting break even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015.

 

Reconciliation of GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, loss from continuing operations before income taxes, loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations to adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss from continuing operations before income taxes, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations:

(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)

 

 

 

Note: Adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss from continuing operations before tax, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company’s operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company’s GAAP results.

 

(1)   During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company reported GAAP gross margin of $553 million or 57% of revenue.  Excluding the impact of the CORE charges included in cost of sales and the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery, the adjusted gross margin was $421 million, or 43%.

(2)   As part of the Company’s ongoing effort to streamline its operations and increase efficiency, the Company commenced the CORE program in March 2012. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company incurred charges related to the CORE program of approximately $148 million pre-tax, or $105 million after tax. Substantially all of the pre-tax charges are related to one-time employee termination benefits, facilities and manufacturing costs. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, charges of approximately $17 million were included in cost of sales, charges of approximately $21 million were included in research and development and charges of approximately $110 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.

(3)   During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a non-cash charge associated with the change in the fair value of the Debentures of approximately $382 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Statements of Operations.

(4)   During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a recovery of previous charges against inventory and supply commitments of approximately $149 million, or $106 million after tax, to reflect increased sell through rates, relative to the estimates and assumptions previously considered, resulting from discounted pricing and revised orders on hand for devices and components of BlackBerry 10 products.

 

 

Fiscal 2014 Results

 

Revenue from continuing operations for the fiscal year ended March 1, 2014 was $6.8 billion, down 38% from $11.1 billion in fiscal 2013. The Company’s GAAP net loss from continuing operations for fiscal 2014 was $5.9 billion, or $11.18 per share diluted, compared with GAAP net loss from continuing operations of $628 million, or $1.20 per share diluted in fiscal 2013. Adjusted net loss from continuing operations for fiscal 2014 was $711 million, or $1.35 per share diluted. Adjusted net loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share for fiscal 2014 exclude the pre-tax impacts of an LLA impairment charge of $2.7 billion ($2.5 billion after tax), the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery of $1.6 billion ($1.3 billion after tax), the Z10 inventory charge of $934 million ($666 million after tax), the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment of $382 million ($382 million after tax), charges of $512 million ($398 million after tax) related to the Company’s CORE program and strategic review process and the Q4 Fiscal 2014 Inventory Recovery of $149 million ($106 million after tax). These charges and their related impacts on GAAP net loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations are summarized in the table below.

 

Reconciliation of GAAP gross margin, gross margin percentage, loss from continuing operations before income taxes, loss from continuing operations and diluted loss per share from continuing operations to adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss from continuing operations before income taxes, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations:

(United States dollars, in millions except per share data)

 

 

 

Note: Adjusted gross margin, adjusted gross margin percentage, adjusted loss from continuing operations before tax, adjusted loss from continuing operations and adjusted diluted loss per share from continuing operations do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and thus are not comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other issuers. The Company believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP measures enables the Company and its shareholders to better assess the Company’s operating results relative to its operating results in prior periods and improves the comparability of the information presented. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in the context of the Company’s GAAP results.

 

(1)     As part of the Company’s ongoing effort to streamline its operations and increase efficiency, the Company commenced the CORE program in March 2012. Further, the Company announced the formation of a special committee to conduct an organizational strategic review on August 12, 2013. During fiscal 2014, the Company incurred approximately $512 million in total pre-tax charges related to the CORE program and strategic review process. Substantially all of the pre-tax charges are related to one-time employee termination benefits, facilities and manufacturing costs related to the CORE program and legal and financial advisory costs related to the strategic review process. During fiscal 2014, pre-tax charges of approximately $103 million were included in cost of sales, charges of approximately $76 million were included in research and development and charges of approximately $333 million were included in selling, marketing, and administration expenses.

(2)     During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a non-cash charge associated with the change in the fair value of the Debentures of approximately $382 million. This adjustment was presented on a separate line in the Statements of Operations.

(3)     During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a recovery of previous charges against inventory and supply commitments of approximately $149 million, or $106 million after tax, to reflect increased sell through rates, relative to the estimates and assumptions previously considered, resulting from discounted pricing and revised orders on hand for devices and components of BlackBerry 10 products.

(4)     During the third quarter of fiscal 2014 the Company performed a long-lived asset impairment test and based  on the results of that test, the Company  recorded  a non-cash  LLA  Impairment  Charge of approximately $2.7 billion pre-tax, or $2.5 billion after tax.

(5)     During the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a primarily non-cash, pre-tax charge against inventory and supply commitments of approximately $1.6 billion, or $1.3 billion after tax, which was primarily attributable to BlackBerry 10 devices.

(6)     During the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company recorded a primarily non-cash, pre-tax charge against inventory and supply commitments of approximately $934 million, or $666 million after tax, which was primarily attributable to BlackBerry Z10 devices.

 

 

Supplementary Geographic Revenue Breakdown

 

 

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BlackBerry Newsstand Update

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The BlackBerry® Newsstand service will be discontinued as of April 30, 2014, after which the application will no longer be available for download from the BlackBerry® World™ storefront.

If you have purchased content and have not downloaded it onto your device prior to the BlackBerry Newsstand end date, we recommend that you download all content to your device prior to the end date. This will ensure that you have access to your purchased content after the service has been discontinued.

Please follow these steps if you wish to remove the BlackBerry Newsstand application from your device. If you have purchased content and have not downloaded it onto your device prior to removing the BlackBerry Newsstand app, we recommend that you download all content to your device prior to removing the app.

Note that once the app is removed you will no longer have access to previously purchased content.

  1. On your BlackBerry 10 device, find the Newsstand app in your list of applications
  2. Tap and hold the Newsstand icon until a trash can appears in the top right corner of the icon
  3. Tap the trash can located at the top right of the icon to remove the application



Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2014/03/blackberry-newsstand-update/


How to use the FM Radio on BlackBerry 10

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An FM Radio option is now available if you use a BlackBerry Z30, Q10, or Q5 and you upgrade to BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1. Using this new feature, you can tune in to frequencies that broadcast FM stations.

Just connect your headphones, which operate as the radio antenna, so you can scan and tune in to your favorite stations. When you find a station you like, continue listening using your headphones, or switch to your device speaker.

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Note: Depending on your wireless service provider, or rules set by your administrator, the FM Radio feature might not be available on your device .

Scanning for radio stations

  1. In the Music app, tap FMRadio-IconFMRadio-Icon FM Radio
  2. Tap the Local Stations tab
  3. Tap FMRadio-3dotFMRadio-3dot  Scan
  4. Tap the radio station that you want to listen to

When you start listening to an FM Radio station, audio will play through your headphones (aka headset) but you can switch playback to your device speakers instead. Keep your headphones plugged in because they act as the radio antenna, and press FMRadio-3dotFMRadio-3dot followed by Audio, and then select Speaker.Repeat these steps again to switch back to your headphones.

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Manually tune to a radio station

  1. In the Music app, tap FMRadio-IconFMRadio-Icon FM Radio
  2. Tap the Local Stations tab, and then tap Tune To
  3. Slide the finder to the numbers of the radio station that you want to listen to
  4. Tap Tune To

Add and remove a radio station to your favorites

For fast access, add your favorite radio stations to the Favorites screen using one of the following options:

  • When a station is playing, tap FMRadio-FavoriteFMRadio-Favorite beside the station
  • On the Local Stations screen, touch and hold a station, and then tap FMRadio-FavoriteFMRadio-Favorite

To remove a radio station from the Favorites screen, touch and hold a station, and then tap FMRadio-FavoriteFMRadio-Favorite or when a favorite radio station is playing, tap FMRadio-FavoriteFMRadio-Favorite next to the station number.

To learn more about the FM Radio feature, open the Help app on your device and search for FM Radio or review the user guide, which can be found at http://docs.blackberry.com.



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