Blackberry Plans one last hurrah
BlackBerry has made it official. It has stopped making its own mobile phones – except for one last hurrah. The company will have one final handset for die-hard enthusiast: a new phone sporting its trademark physical keyboard CEO John Chen said.
“We have one keyboard phone I promised people” Chen told Bloomberg. “It’s coming.”
Under Chen BlackBerry has gradually shifted from smartphones to software and said in September it would completely stop producing stocking and distributing its own phones.
Instead it will license the BlackBerry brand to outside companies to put on phones they build themselves.
The physical keyboard was BlackBerry’s best-known smartphone feature with many former users still lamenting its absence as they clumsily tap out e-mails on their iPhones and sign off with words like “pardon the typos.”