BlackBerry smartphones to die again in Indian market
New Delhi : BlackBerry smartphones will soon be vanished from the Indian markets as TCL Communication, which takes care of sale of the device here, has parted ways with the Chines manufacturer.
Those who are using BlackBerry smartphones will continue to get aftersale service till August 31, 2022. In 2016, the Shenzhen-based company signed an agreement to manufacture and sell BlackBerry smartphones - after BlackBerry decided to shift its focus from the smartphone market.
TCL Communications is currently looking after the sale, service of BlackBerry KEYone, BlackBerry KEY2, and BlackBerry Motion.
“The support of BlackBerry Limited was an essential element to bringing devices like BlackBerry KEYone, Motion, KEY2, and KEY2 LE to life and we're proud to have partnered with them these past few years on those projects. We do regret to share however that as of August, 31, 2020, TCL Communication will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices,” the company noted in a statement posted on Twitter.
TCL Communication in its statement mentioned that it was “blessed enough” to work on BlackBerry smartphones. However, some online reports highlighted that the company was frustrated and was set to give up for quite some time.
Apart from BlackBerry, TCL Communication has other licensed brands on board, including Alcatel and Palm. The latest move isn't likely to impact devices offered by those brands.