BlackBerry cuts more jobs as downsizing continues (TheGlobeAndMail)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) confirms it’s cutting more jobs this week as part of the second phase of its previously announced transformation plan. There are reports that about 100 job terminations were handed out Monday in the Waterloo Region where the smartphone maker is based. A BlackBerry spokeswoman declined to confirm how many jobs are affected or other details but issued a general statement by e-mail. “As previously stated, we are in the second phase of our transformation plan. As such, this week’s employee reductions, demonstrates another step forward to scale our company correctly for new opportunities in mobile computing,” BlackBerry said.
BlackBerry Launches Gold BB Q10 In UAE (GulfBusiness)
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has announced the launch of the special edition gold and white BlackBerry Q10 for customers in the UAE. The smartphone, priced at Dhs3,799, will be available in white with a gold coloured stainless steel frame and includes a gold-accented headset and leather sleeve. The special edition smartphone will also feature a range of unique BlackBerry PIN numbers. The new device will be available at the official BlackBerry retail store in Dubai Mall from August 19.
Daisy Distribution launches partner BlackBerry promotion (TelecomPaper)
Daisy Distribution has teamed with BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) to launch a new promotion for partners. To take part in the competition to win pair of exclusive VIP experiences to the 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November, dealers have to register and complete three compulsory BlackBerry Device E-Learning modules. Once these two components are fulfilled every BlackBerry 10 device they purchase between the 20 August and 26 September will be counted as a ticket into the free prize draw.
BlackBerry losing market share even in overseas strongholds: Juniper Research (TheStarPhoenix)
A new study says BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is losing market share in most parts of the world, even in traditional strongholds such as South Africa and Indonesia. U.K.-based Juniper Research says the Canadian smartphone maker will remain a global player and is expected to sell more smartphones this year than last, but that competition is increasing. Meanwhile, Juniper says Android devices have overtaken sales of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s iPhone globally by a wide margin, helped by low prices in developing countries.