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This is the first time BlackBerry has had less than $1 billion in quarterly revenue since 2007.

BlackBerry is in the midst of an eight-quarter turnaround that doesn't expect to see company profitability again until 2016, so the fact that the fourth quarter earnings report shows another loss and slashed revenues probably isn't too surprising. But what may surprise you is BlackBerry CEO John Chen's new device strategy for a BB comeback.

BlackBerry reported revenues of $976 million in Q4 2013, which was down 64 percent from the $2.7 billion it reported in the year-ago quarter. This is also the first time BlackBerry has had less than $1 billion in quarterly revenue since 2007.

BlackBerry's loss was $42 million for the quarter, which was down from the $94 million it earned a year previous. BlackBerry still has about $2.7 billion in the bank, but that's down $500 million from what it had last quarter.

To top it off, BlackBerry only sold 3.4 million smartphones for the holiday quarter, and 2.3 million of them were running older BlackBerry operating systems -- not the new BlackBerry 10 OS. 

One highlight is that operating expenses are down 51 percent compared to the year-ago quarter. 

"I am very pleased with our progress and execution in fiscal Q4 against the strategy we laid out three months ago. We have significantly streamlined operations, allowing us to reach our expense reduction target one quarter ahead of schedule," said Chen. "BlackBerry is on sounder financial footing today with a path to returning to growth and profitability."

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While Chen seems optimistic about the future of BlackBerry, he's looking to the past for answers. More specifically, Chen's next big move in the realm of BlackBerry devices is to relaunch the BlackBerry Bold, which is a smartphone the company previously released in 2011. 
"Our customers still love the BB OS device, particularly BB7 devices," said Chen. "We’ll continue to make these devices available and support the operating system as long as there is customer demand."
The re-release of the Bold is part of Chen's focus on great keyboards and messaging features. However, the Bold wasn't so great with Web browsing and taking pictures -- which are two incredibly popular features of today's smartphones. 
It's not clear where Bold will be sold exactly, but Chen added that a new manufacturing partner will make it so the antiquated phone will be sold at a profit. 
Aside from bringing back old faces, Chen said there are three new smartphone designs in the making, which feature keyboards and will be introduced over the next 18 months. The BlackBerry Classic will make its way to market in Q4 2014. 
BlackBerry has been plagued with troubles ever since Google's Android and Apple products have taken over the consumer market (and the 2011 outage that affected BlackBerry customers around the world didn't help, either). BlackBerry has since not only been pushed out of consumer competition, but also got the boot from many government agencies and corporate offices, which were areas that BlackBerry traditionally held down. 
BlackBerry is still present in some important places, though, such as the White House. However, it was recently reported that President Barack Obama might give up his BlackBerry if testing with Android devices goes well. 

Source: Market Wired

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Not to worry.
By Motoman on 3/28/2014 2:57:04 PM , Rating: 5
Guys, guys, guys...chillax.

Pirks said it's all gonna be OK. So just stop worrying about it already!

RE: Not to worry.
By retrospooty on 3/28/2014 3:47:43 PM , Rating: 2
LOL... Well, to be fair, losing only $42 million this quarter is actually a pretty huge improvement over the several 100's of millions they had been losing each quarter recently.

RE: Not to worry.
By rountad on 3/28/2014 5:18:51 PM , Rating: 1
How can I work "Oldfag" into this comment?

RE: Not to worry.
By GulWestfale on 3/28/2014 8:05:34 PM , Rating: 2

short and to the point article. ^^

annual losses this year : 5.9 billion
last quarter losses: 423 million.

DT seems to have forgotten a digit there.

RE: Not to worry.
By Belegost on 3/28/2014 11:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
DT reported the losses excluding one-time charges (most having to do with cutting 4500 jobs)

RE: Not to worry.
By Milliamp on 3/29/2014 3:19:30 AM , Rating: 2
Ouch. Their share price is 8.41 and their earnings per share is -10.19. Getting rid of 4500 people is like canning 1/3 of their employees. I wonder if Pirks made it though?

Their stock is only worth about 3.5% of its value in mid 2007.

I've seen this movie and I know how it ends.

RE: Not to worry.
By Mitch101 on 3/29/2014 11:19:36 AM , Rating: 2
Have they set a date for the Patent sale? I give it less than 2 years.

Hard to watch anymore.
By retrospooty on 3/28/2014 2:32:18 PM , Rating: 2
It's like watching a senile old man try to reason. Just not happening.

RE: Hard to watch anymore.
By Flunk on 3/28/2014 2:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
Well, what if your favorite Cell Phone OS disappeared tomorrow? Let's, for the sake of ease assume you like Android. Boom, no Android. So then what? Ok, probably iOS but what it that was gone too? Ok... so even then Windows Phone isn't too bad so... What if all three were gone? Wouldn't you prefer Blackberry over Samsung's Tizen?

No, me neither. Blackberry needs to understand that they can't keep up in the mobile space, they just operated too slowly and have been pushed out.

RE: Hard to watch anymore.
By Milliamp on 3/29/2014 3:28:53 AM , Rating: 2
For a while anyone in my company who had a company phone had a BlackBerry. After iOS and Android came out nobody wanted them but it took us some time to adapt to the change now they have been purged. The companies and government organizations that move slower than we did is what they have for sales now but in due time, even they will migrate.

By MrRuckus on 3/28/2014 3:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
The only people keeping Blackberry are companies that invested in its proprietary hardware, BES ect. I work for a small company and we bought a BES for 8 employee's, that has since all but died and everyone is now on exchange. I dont see how bringing old gadgets back is going to turn them around. Will the phones be revamped with better hardware? If not, whats the point.

but Chen added that a new manufacturing partner will make it so the antiquated phone will be sold at a profit.

I see a "new manufacturing partner" with a bottle of windex and all those old Bolds they pulled from trade-ins or that were thrown in the trash..

By DukeN on 3/29/2014 1:11:42 AM , Rating: 1
They sort of got it, but too late.

The 9900 is still incredibly popular amongst business.

I've heard about this comeback before but they better not fuck it up by overpricing it.

Talk to anyone who's used a BB and the BES 7 or older devices are pretty fantastic email only corporate phones. Lots of BES control, low data usage, really rugged.

While this won't appeal to the average DT reader, this does work for a lot of corporations.

By flyingpants1 on 3/28/14, Rating: -1
"Folks that want porn can buy an Android phone." -- Steve Jobs

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