BlackBerry: Statement about discontinuation of BB10 devices is incorrect

BlackBerry: Statement about discontinuation of BB10 devices is incorrect

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry has clarified that recent reports on the company discontinuing its BlackBerry 10 operating system (BB10 OS) were misinterpreted and incorrect. The company has asserted that it is not abandoning BB10 devices.

The clarification by BlackBerry has come against the backdrop of an internal memo sent out by the US Senate to its staffers last week, announcing that BlackBerry handsets will not be issued to staffers after the Senate’s current in-house stock of the devices is exhausted.

About the reason behind not issuing BlackBerry handsets to staffers once the existing stock of the devices runs out, the Senate had said that BlackBerry has notified bigwig US wireless carriers Verizon and AT&T that the production of BB10 devices – including the BlackBerry Q10, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Z30, BlackBerry Passport, and BlackBerry Classic – is being discontinued.

In its clarification on the reported discontinuation of BB10 devices, BlackBerry has said in its recent comments to CrackBerry that “the statement about discontinuation of BlackBerry 10 at AT&T and Verizon is incorrect.”

Further adding that its device strategy is based on a “cross-platform model,” Blackberry said, “… we'll continue to support our BlackBerry 10 platform while expanding our device offering to include Android-based device.”

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