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Each Tuesday, we'll bring you the most interesting rumours in the BlackBerry community and let you know if there's any real supporting evidence. Devices, OS's, and more hot topics - it's your one-stop post to get the latest rumours.
BlackBerry and T-Mobile in talks
Community Speculation, Twitter, Forums
Since T-Mobile released some less-than-kind marketing aimed at BlackBerry users, there has been a lot of speculation regarding which direction their relationship was heading. At the current time, BlackBerry and T-Mobile are in some form of talks - but then again, they've been in communication since the incident on low levels.
We'll have to keep a close eye on this one, as T-Mobile has one of their last un-carrier events planned for tomorrow afternoon. The invite promises T-Mobile is “rewriting the rules of wireless again,” and says that we won’t want to miss it. If anything is announced, you can be sure to hear about it on BlackBerryCentral.
BlackBerry Releasing ONLY keyboard devices in 2015+
Various Forums, Twitter
At MWC, BlackBerry announced that there will be 4 devices out this year. The BlackBerry Leap (All-Touch), BlackBerry Keian (Unknown), BlackBerry Slider (Hybrid), and another BlackBerry device which will be keyboard based.
Based on the Leap - it's clear that BlackBerry is not just releasing keyboard based devices this year. While it's not the high-end all-touch that people have been begging for - it definitely puts this odd rumour to bed.
Morgan Stanley said that as many as 8,000 Classic and Passport phones have been sold
Morgan Stanley says that only 8,000 units of the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic have sold in the current quarter. They also stated that the company will not be able to “get anywhere close” to their targets of 2-3M devices, or $500M in software revenues. Many have assumed that Morgan Stanley was referring to overall sales of these devices, which would be grossly erroneous.
Q1 began in January, and BlackBerry will announce their quarterly results on March 27th - so we will have to wait until then to hear what the actual figures are like. In a 3 month span, it is highly unlikey that BlackBerry has sold only 8,000 of these devices. While it's not totally impossible, I'm calling BS on this one James Faucette. Could they be referring to AT&T sales? Absolutely. It could be a simple game of telephone at this point - where details got left out to make for a better story.
For the time being, it's probably in everyone's best interest to avoid financial speculations, and wait for more reliable information.