Blackberry lives thanks to TCL

TCL and Blackberry have signed an agreement that will see the Chinese brand product Blackberry branded phones.

Blackberry, the mobile giant that once was, has really had a hard time keeping up with the modern smartphone user. Even with the launch of Android devices, Blackberry sales plunged and earlier this year the company announced it would no longer make Blackberry hardware! But that was not the end!

While Blackberry won’t produce handsets anymore they will keep producing software, but what will that software run on?

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The answer is TCL! The Chinese phone maker (who owns Alcatel) has signed an agreement with Blackberry to produce Blackberry branded handsets for global markets.

It’s not clear at this stage if Blackberry will still have a say in the design of the new phones, or what tier of the market the new Blackberry phones will be aimed at, but it’s good to know that the brands days are not quite numbered.

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  1. Muhammad Yasir
    December 17, 2016

    have to be cheap tho…

    in all honesty , even some of my detractors and opponents will agree , the recent iteration of Blackberry devices was GROSSLY OVERPRICED , way beyond any boundary indicating poor value of money !

    • Airyl
      December 17, 2016

      “even some of my detractors and opponents”

      Oh Yasir, you know that’s not true. Everyone loves you.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        December 18, 2016

        aww… thats heartening to know ? !

  2. nobitakun
    December 17, 2016

    Apple grossly overprice phones and people continue to buy them, even knowing they are. It’s a matter of software and if the brand makes you look cool (the latter is more important, otherwise Apple wouldn’t gather most of idiots for its phones).

    Also other brands like samsung and sony overprice phones, but not gossly, they are just impolite.

  3. Jeremy Dre
    December 17, 2016

    Now this is a step in the right direction

  4. Marco Lancaster
    December 17, 2016

    Nice thing to hear, TCL is a excellent brand and produce very nice phones, didn’t have the chance or the right phone to compete with some other mainstream, apart from the Alcatel line that does well.

  5. Angry Mobile Nerd
    December 17, 2016

    The very fact that Blackberry stories can now be published on gizchina can’t be a good sign. I was actually rooting for them to make a comeback but honestly it seems they just can’t get their sh*t together. Too little, too late, too expensive. I remember 7 years ago I still saw so many executives carrying BB’s, now, I can recall only seeing one in the last month. It’s almost like seeing someone still using a pager.