Telco to stop selling BlackBerry phones in US

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 02 2014 06:28 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2014 05:36 PM

MONTREAL - Struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry said it will not renew an accord allowing T-Mobile to sell its phones in the United States.

When the current license expires April 25, T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom, will no longer offer BlackBerry phones on its US network.

The two companies' strategies are no longer complementary, although BlackBerry hopes to work again with T-Mobile once their commercial strategies are back in sync, said CEO John Chen.

The end of the contract will have no effect on current users of BlackBerrys on the T-Mobile network.

The Canadian manufacturer was once king of the hill in smartphones but has struggled to keep up with competitors. In the period ending March 2 it lost $5.9 billion (4.3 billion euros).

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