Multiple Foxconn-built BlackBerry smartphones at MWC 2014?

Multiple Foxconn-built BlackBerry smartphones at MWC 2014?The Mobile World Congress (MWC) rumour machine is predictably gathering steam with four weeks to go, but here’s something we didn’t necessarily expect from the Barcelona-based trade show.

A Foxconn guy suggests we could see multiple new BlackBerry smartphones at MWC next month. Well, sort of.

We’re lifting a quote from Focus Taiwan, words provided by Terry Gou, head honcho at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, aka: Foxconn, the guys who put together a ton of stuff for Apple.

Check it out: "We are working with [BlackBerry] to design a new device, and we will showcase multiple devices at the trade show in Barcelona in February.”

Even Focus Taiwan concedes that the quote is slightly confusing, in the sense that we’re told to expect “a new device”, but also “multiple devices”.

So in Barcelona, we’ll either see multiple new BlackBerry smartphones, or one new BlackBerry smartphone and a bunch of other Foxconn-built devices.

One contender is the BlackBerry Jakarta, a low-end device that’s tipped to rise from the ashes of the cancelled BlackBerry Café and Kopi.

With BlackBerry Live 2014 also scrapped, BlackBerry diehards might find some comfort in fresh BlackBerry action in Barca.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 27, 2014 at 16:17

With the added PR of the current BBM outage on iOS and Android - well, how could this not be a winner for team Also-Ran!?

Seriously... There are non-Androids like the Lumia 520 that sell really well, and then there's the Moto G and a gazillion other fairly decent budget Androids.
Why does BB not just admit defeat? Their current BB10 devices are ALL already heavily discounted. The 9720 flopped badly.
Microsoft would have a better chance with a Vista revival for the PC.

Pondlife  Jan. 27, 2014 at 17:49

I quite liked vista...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 27, 2014 at 17:56

me too...

xBURK  Jan. 27, 2014 at 18:03

With the added PR of the current BBM outage on iOS and Android - well, how could this not be a winner for team Also-Ran!?

Seriously... There are non-Androids like the Lumia 520 that sell really well, and then there's the Moto G and a gazillion other fairly decent budget Androids.
Why does BB not just admit defeat? Their current BB10 devices are ALL already heavily discounted. The 9720 flopped badly.
Microsoft would have a better chance with a Vista revival for the PC.


Mabey because BB10 is a young operating system that has tons of potential. Have you tried a new BB10 phone? Truly Amazing. I don't think investors would have given so much money to continue if they didn't see the prospects of such a great future. The press has everyone fooled. BB10 is worth fighting for and if you tried it, you would want to give it up after one week. Guaranteed

Pondlife  Jan. 27, 2014 at 18:05

me too...
Does the world end now?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 27, 2014 at 20:03

With the added PR of the current BBM outage on iOS and Android - well, how could this not be a winner for team Also-Ran!?

Seriously... There are non-Androids like the Lumia 520 that sell really well, and then there's the Moto G and a gazillion other fairly decent budget Androids.
Why does BB not just admit defeat? Their current BB10 devices are ALL already heavily discounted. The 9720 flopped badly.
Microsoft would have a better chance with a Vista revival for the PC.


Mabey because BB10 is a young operating system that has tons of potential. Have you tried a new BB10 phone? Truly Amazing. I don't think investors would have given so much money to continue if they didn't see the prospects of such a great future. The press has everyone fooled. BB10 is worth fighting for and if you tried it, you would want to give it up after one week. Guaranteed


No offence - I spent good money on a Z10 upon launch.
Your argument makes only limited sense. Blackberry weren't newbs on the scene.
BB10 was massively delayed. As was BB7 before that. Then they released BB7 phones - delayed and, by everyone's standard, overpriced. And, oh, yes - that £500 Bold Touch won't get BB10, but please buy it anyway.

Aaaaaand repeat with BB10.

Blackberry had a blip of success a couple of years ago when teens discovered BBM. The 8520
sold in truckloads. And the lesson Heins and Co learned? We launch expensive BB10 devices only... then we bring out the cheaper ones. Clever. By then the Z10 and Q10 are already discounted.
Come on...
Potential? Absolutely. Take the Moto G. I'm no Android fan. But the G is a nice phone. If the Z10 was the same price, I'd buy one again. But when you get 2 Gs for the price of a BB10 device, BB are in trouble.

When BB charge iPhone prices but deliver 2 year old tech and limited apps (do NOT mention Android compatibility - I don't feel like laughing), who is to blame?
When they charge Galaxy S4 prices and deliver a crap camera that would have stood out in 2007? Whose fault?

When, upon launch they hype the hub, integrate Twitter into the hub, but forget to make the hub integrate/interact with the actual Twitter app, whose fault is that?

Your argument would be valid for the Jolla phone, but for a company like Blackberry? Nope.
I'm not buying it.

Pondlife  Jan. 27, 2014 at 20:14

But the G is a nice phone. If the Z10 was the same price, I'd buy one again. But when you get 2 Gs for the price of a BB10 device, BB are in trouble.

Mabey in 3 months then ;)

Mabey because BB10 is a young operating system that has tons of potential. Have you tried a new BB10 phone? Truly Amazing. I don't think investors would have given so much money to continue if they didn't see the prospects of such a great future. The press has everyone fooled. BB10 is worth fighting for and if you tried it, you would want to give it up after one week. Guaranteed

What use is potential if you lack the power to utilize it. It wasn't just the press that pretty much ignored the bb10 and even people who've bought it for £170 don't seem enthralled?

Guessing you didn't quite mean the last bit?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 28, 2014 at 00:36

"wouldn't"?

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