Telco to stop selling BlackBerry phones in US

Posted at 04/02/2014 6:28 PM | Updated as of 04/03/2014 9:36 AM

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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