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BlackBerry launches sub-$200 smartphone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Feb 2014 13:17 User comments (6)

BlackBerry launches sub-$200 smartphone BlackBerry has launched a new, sub-$200 smartphone aimed at emerging markets.
The device is the first in the company's partnership with Foxconn in which Foxconn controls inventory and development, thus playing it safe.

Dubbed the "Z3," the phone will go on sale in Indonesia in April.

CEO John Chen says "it's a very attractive phone," and that "we have a plan for expanding that phone in different parts of Southeast Asia, and there's a plan to go global with it sometime in the future, before I die."

Adds the CEO: "We are excited to introduce the new BlackBerry Z3, the first smartphone to emerge from our strategic partnership with Foxconn, which was announced in mid-December, 2013. The BlackBerry Z3 embodies all that BlackBerry 10 offers, with its exceptional productivity features and reliable communications, in a stylish, all-touch design made affordable for customers in Indonesia."

The device has a 5 inch display and will run BlackBerry 10.2.1.

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6 user comments

126.2.2014 13:55

Nice.


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226.2.2014 19:17

Originally posted by Morreale:
Nice.
WTF kinda comment is that?!?!?!?!?!?!?

BB is irrelevant, dying/dead and useless. I should make my own phone OS.......should be easy. Just like BB new OS....just needs to make phone calls so I should just program a dialpad and neglect the other features.

326.2.2014 19:39

actually BB o/s is being used alot more than you think.. i was surprised to learn that it's being used in new vehicles. the story was on here just a few days ago

http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.c...er_than_windows

i prefer android devices but i dont think a little competition is gonna hurt anyone. google doesnt need the keys to everyones accounts

426.2.2014 20:55

The previous model... Came out @ $199 last year. No buyers in my store. Phone dropped to $99 a few weeks later. No buyers. We put it at free shortly after that. No buyers. I can't even give away your turd phones.

526.2.2014 20:57

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by Morreale:
Nice.
WTF kinda comment is that?!?!?!?!?!?!?

BB is irrelevant, dying/dead and useless. I should make my own phone OS.......should be easy. Just like BB new OS....just needs to make phone calls so I should just program a dialpad and neglect the other features.
BB is as irrelevant as your comment. Take that as you will.


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628.2.2014 23:39

All I know is I love my BBZ10. Good to see BB keeping up the fight against the iOS sheep. I can do so much with my phone without bloatware like iTunes or google play...lol; better security too.

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