BlackBerry's Chen: We're Not Dumping Devices
BlackBerry's CEO, John Chen, took to his new favorite bully pulpit to stress that the Canadian company will not stop making devices.
Chen was quoted in a Reuters interview this week saying: "If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business."
He said in the company blog, however, that his words had been taken out of context. "I want to assure you that I have no intention of selling off or abandoning this business any time soon," Chen wrote.
Instead, Chen says, he will "fight" to make the devices business "profitable." (See BlackBerry Q4 Sales Sink to Sub-$1B.)
Although some device revenue may be shaved away soon since Chen's public falling out with T-Mobile US Inc. recently over an iPhone offer. Chen has said that BlackBerry won't renew its licensing deal with T-Mobile, which ends on April 25. (See BlackBerry Kills T-Mobile Licensing Deal and BlackBerry's Chen Lashes Out at T-Mobile Offer.)
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading