TCL ends Partnership with Blackberry: This could be the end of Blackberry Phones

TCL ends Partnership with Blackberry: This could be the end of Blackberry Phones

TCL ends Partnership with Blackberry: This could be the end of Blackberry Phones

AlbertflexAlbertflex in February 05, 2020

The brand behind the manufacturing BlackBerry phones across most of the globe, TCL Communications, has earlier this week announced its plans to stop the manufacturing of BlackBerry phones comes August, 2020. TCL took to Twitter to announced that it “will no longer be selling” BlackBerry-branded phones as of August 31st, 2020, because it will no longer have the rights to design and manufacture them. Existing devices will continue to be supported.

Back in 2016, Blackberry signed a deal with TCL to manufacture and sell BlackBerry smartphones. The BlackBerry Motion, BlackBerry KEYone, and BlackBerry KEY2 were being designed, manufactured, and sold by TCL Communication in major markets. However, BlackBerry took to Twitter to announce the latest development. In its statement:

“The support of BlackBerry Limited was an essential element to bringing devices like BlackBerry KEYone, Motion, KEY2, and KEY2 LE to life and we're proud to have partnered with them these past few years on those projects. We do regret to share however that as of August 31, 2020, TCL Communication will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices.”

TCL Communications said in a statement that it was “blessed enough” to work on BlackBerry smartphones. “The future is bright for both TCL Communication and BlackBerry Limited, and we hope you'll continue to provide support both as we move ahead on our respective paths,” the statement added. The company will continue to provide support for the existing portfolio of mobile devices including customer service and warranty service until August 31, 2022.

In 2017, BlackBerry announced it would no longer make smartphones. BlackBerry handed all the hardware and sales details to its licensees to work as a software company. Hence, we are unlikely to see a BlackBerry smartphone now. This however could just be the end of the company in the smartphone segment.

Source: Digit.In

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11 Comments

WinneWinne in Jun 12, 2020 Reply

BlackBerry company shouldn't be deterred they can still do it with or without them.

GreatbrightGreatbright in Jun 15, 2020 Reply

Why all these dispute between technology companies

EmmanuelblueEmmanuelblue in Jun 28, 2020 Reply

Blackberry can do without TCL's partnership. It might take time but they will stand out like they've always done.

Bassey619Bassey619 in Jul 09, 2020 Reply

When blackberry phones were newly lauched, it was the most trending phones on ground that even a common man couldn't afford ( mainly for the highly ranked class) until when andriod was launched new smart phones industries and telecommunication companies like tecno, infinix, e.t.c came up with a device easily affordable and accessible to the low class, boom! The took up the market from blackberry. If TLC decides to stop partnership with blackberry that might be the end of blackberry.

DeerhymesDeerhymes in Jul 10, 2020 Reply

Same stuff that happened between nokia and Microsoft....is repeating itself again.ibhope blackberry survived this

AysamAysam in Jul 11, 2020 Reply

It might take time for blackberry to be able to stand out like they've always done. They may not need TCL's partnership afterall.

Chimereze1234Chimereze1234 in Jul 29, 2020 Reply

It will really take a long time to get black berry at it's feet again

Emmrys14Emmrys14 in Jul 30, 2020 Reply

I think this is a great disappointment between the two parties.. But it may be perfect or blessings in disguise for both parties good luck

SoundgodSoundgod in Jul 31, 2020 Reply

Blackberry should just focus on software rather than hardware seeing as there no place in the market for them

AssalamiyyaumarAssalamiyyaumar in Aug 15, 2020 Reply

It might take time for blackberry to be able to stand out like they've always done. They may not need TCL's partnership afterall.

Ayomidee311Ayomidee311 in Aug 29, 2020 Reply

Why all these dispute between technology companies If TLC decides to stop partnership with blackberry that might be the end of blackberry.

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