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BlackBerry will not sell $50 smartphones

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 10 Mar 2013 17:13 User comments (3)

BlackBerry will not sell $50 smartphones BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has said this weekend that while the company is creating less expensive devices to compete in the emerging markets, it will not challenge Asian rivals that are pricing phones as low as $50.
"Understand where you are playing and resist being talked into segments that you know will not serve your purpose and will not result in shareholder value," said the exec. "You will not see us getting into the 50-, 60-buck phone segment. This is not BlackBerry."

He added: "You will see new products being launched this year based on BlackBerry 10, all fully LTE-capable, the whole 10 yards that are more geared towards those price bands where people need to be."

For example, the new Z10 sells for $600 unsubsidized, a price far out of the range of the average consumer in India, Brazil, and other emerging markets.

However, the executive says that all supply to India has already been exhausted, showing that maybe high-end phones do have their place in the nation.

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3 user comments

110.3.2013 23:35

"BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has said this weekend that while the company is creating less expensive devices to compete in the emerging markets, it will not challenge Asian rivals that are pricing phones as low as $50"

Hmm? So your're not going to sell cellphones in the $50 to at most $60 dollar range? Then stop lying. Your're not going to be making 'less expensive devices.' That price point that you said that you 'won't sell at' is what 'less expensive' is..anything over $70 is just expensive, not 'less expensive.'

$300 to $600 is what I'd call a ripoff for a phone, way too expensive. $200 dollar range is a bit better, but not by much. $100 range is the most that I'd shell out for a cellphone, which is still a bit expensive, and $50 and under is alright pricing I'd say.

-Random, from Canada.

212.3.2013 12:35

Why would they sell a phone for 50 ? To go bankrupt ?


Hack a bit, invest a bit, work a bit, jerk a bit

315.3.2013 17:11

Originally posted by xrandomx:

"BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has said this weekend that while the company is creating less expensive devices to compete in the emerging markets, it will not challenge Asian rivals that are pricing phones as low as $50"

Hmm? So your're not going to sell cellphones in the $50 to at most $60 dollar range? Then stop lying. Your're not going to be making 'less expensive devices.' That price point that you said that you 'won't sell at' is what 'less expensive' is..anything over $70 is just expensive, not 'less expensive.'

$300 to $600 is what I'd call a ripoff for a phone, way too expensive. $200 dollar range is a bit better, but not by much. $100 range is the most that I'd shell out for a cellphone, which is still a bit expensive, and $50 and under is alright pricing I'd say.

-Random, from Canada.
Enjoy your $70 flip phone Granpa.

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