As the news came earlier US senate has announced that staffers will no longer be given blackberry devices for their official work. The news was brought us by Bomble and was based on a internal email accessed by the publication.
Curious the email states that the Blackberry informed the US carriers Verizon and AT&T that the production of all BB10 devices (Q5, Q10, Z3, Z10, Z30, Leap, Passport, and Classic) has been ceased and future carrier order fulfillment wont be be guaranteed due to limited remaining stocks.
However when contacted the Blackberry officials denied this. The response from the company clearly stated that the news is incorrect. The complete response from the company was as follows:
The statement about discontinuation of BlackBerry 10 at AT&T and Verizon is incorrect.
BlackBerry’s device strategy is based on a cross-platform model where we’ll continue to support our BlackBerry 10 platform while expanding our device offering to include Android-based devices. We are focused on software updates for BlackBerry 10, with version 10.3.3 scheduled for next month, and a second update to follow next year.
Similar to many other device makers, we are changing the lineup of smartphones as we innovate and advance our portfolio. And, we are updating our smartphone lineup with state of the art devices. As part of this, and after many successful years in the market, we have informed our US carriers that the manufacturing cycle of only our BlackBerry Classic will cease. However, we have informed our customers to check with their respective carrier for device availability or purchase Classic unlocked online. We continue to actively support sales of our BlackBerry 10 smartphones to customers in most markets. And for customers choosing our Android device as their next smartphone, there will be a seamless transition without any compromise to the security of their mobile platform or operations.
We believe that being truly cross platform – which includes support for BB10, Android, iOS and Windows Phone – will allow us to best serve our customers across the world.
So as per now we firmly believe only BlackBerry Classic was discontinued and all the other BB10 devices will be available for purchase.
However with BlackBerry having a android device in their lineup and rumors suggesting more android devices by BlackBerry on their way, the fate to BB10 devices is uncertain.