BlackBerry nix two phones thanks to dreadful sales

27 December 2013

Blackberry Deathwatch faves, BlackBerry have seen sales so bad that they've cancelled two mobiles they were set to release, codenamed Café and Kopi.

This was revealed as RIM released their earnings report and in a filing, the company said that they made the decision to "cancel plans to launch two devices to mitigate the identified inventory risk". In the third quarter of the last financial year, BlackBerry wrote off just short of £1 billion in unsold mobiles and lost £2.69 billion.

The mobile-makers aren't giving up just yet. They struck a deal with Foxconn who will now make all of BlackBerry's devices from now on, with a new handset codenamed Jakarta hitting the shelves in April 2014. The two cancelled phones were aimed at emerging markets, which means they'll still be looking at more high-end phones.

One thing that could revive the company is a rumour that they'll be making the move to Android and iOS with CEO John Chen saying that he'd "love" to bring the company's enterprise and security features to rival operating systems.

However, the launch of BBM to other platforms was, true to form, blighted by problems. Looks like there's going to be a host of Deathwatch rumours with BlackBerry in 2014 all over again.



TOPICS:   Mobile   High Street News

1 comment

  • Old G.
    Hardly a Deathwatch if they're still going a year after the first problems...

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