BlackBerry held its first earnings call of the BlackBerry 10 era today, and the results were decidedly mixed. The beleaguered smartphone maker is making strides to regain respectability but still has a ways to go to right its ship.
On the plus side, the company reported its second consecutive quarterly profit and 1 million sales worldwide of its new flagship device, the touchscreen Z10. These signs are promising, but it's too early to tell what they'll mean for BlackBerry's long-term viability. The Z10 just went on sale in the United States over the past few days, and its physical keyboard cousin the Q10 isn't out anywhere yet. (For what it's worth, I don't think the Q10 will have any effect on BlackBerry 10's overall success, but some QWERTY-loving physical keyboard loyalists disagree.)
The bad news from the BlackBerry earnings call was that 3 million subscribers left the company during the quarter. It's not a good sign when someone who has stuck with BlackBerry all these years says, "You know what? It's time for an iPhone!" just months before a new, reinvented BlackBerry hits the shelves. Also, the company's revenue of $2.7 billion didn't meet Wall Street's expectations.
There were some other interesting tidbits from BlackBerry, which I'll leave up to the good people of Twitter to share:
$BBRY The most important note : Blackberry CEO Heins Says Interest from Corporate Customers is High— Antonio Costa (@ACInvestorBlog) March 28, 2013
Q10 will launch in April, Thorsten says. $BBRY— Iain Marlow (@iainmarlow) March 28, 2013
BlackBerry pursuing other services opportunities. BlackBerry 10 Licensing is still on the table. $BBRY.— Bloodhound Report (@BloodHoundRP) March 28, 2013
Heins: "Our vision is to expand from being a smartphone company to being a leader in mobile computing." $BBRY— Julianne Pepitone (@julpepitone) March 28, 2013