Beleaguered BlackBerry posts massive $4.4 billion quarterly loss, inks deal with Foxconn to build phones nobody wants

“BlackBerry, the troubled Canadian smartphone company, just reported its quarterly results,” Arik Hesseldahl reports for AllThingsD.

“Its loss, on a GAAP basis, came out to $4.4 billion on revenue of $1.2 billion. That works out to a per-share loss of $8.37. The loss was the result of a huge $2.7 billion charge against assets, and another $266 million restructuring charge,” Hesseldahl reports. “After backing out those charges, the company lost $354 million, or 67 cents a share. It exited the quarter with $3.2 billion in combined cash and short-term investments. Sales fell by 56 percent compared to the year-ago quarter.”

“The company also said it has cut a five-year strategic partnership with Foxconn, the China-based contract manufacturing giant that builds much of the world’s consumer electronics,” Hesseldahl reports. “Under the terms, Foxconn will help BlackBerry develop new phones, build them, and then manage the inventory. The first target of the effort will be a phone aimed at the Indonesian market.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Another piece of iPhone roadkill inexorably rots away.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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  1. “The first target of the effort will be a phone aimed at the Indonesian market.”

    Just how big is the BlackBerry market in Indonesia these days ?

    One might have imagined that BlackBerry had more important markets to aim at and bigger challenges to overcome.

    1. Say goodbye to your jewels RIM! This is reminiscent of when the sugar water bozo allowed M$ access to Apple’s jewels only to find they had been replaced with paste!
      Does RIM have a SJ to save them? I cannot see how silly balls is going to come to RIM’s rescue in the same way.

  2. News just in.

    Foxconn are well known for quickly responding to challenges on behalf of their customers. They have already recruited to deal with the BlackBerry’s contract. An additional Chinese student will start working part time next week.

  3. Cue the first movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony!

    “bumbumbumBUM!” Death comes a-knockin’.

    Kind of a shame. RIM/Blackberry had a good run, before Apple hit the smartphone scene. I’d personally rather see the entire insecure, ripoff Android crap-phone scene die the death. All good things take time…

  4. I prefer “beleagured” to “troubled” as it pertains to Blackberry OR “beleagured AND troubled” might work too.

    I think we’ve reached the part of Blackberry corporate death throes where the kicking and screaming kick in just before resignation and complete eternal silence. I think the grave marker stone chiseling boys can begin their work NOW.

    1. That is true, it just reacted and behaved stupidly to the iPhone in 2007 and that is what earns our contempt and ridicule. It’s the reason RIM is where it is today. We expect our tech leaders to be smarter than we are and plainly the Half-CEO’s and guys like Steve Ballmer are less smart stewing in their Fortress Of Solitudes and failing to open themselves as Steve Jobs did.

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