On Wednesday, BlackBerry was forced to concede that U.S. shoppers in the market for a new BlackBerry Q10 will have to wait longer for this much-anticipated smartphone to launch. Due to ongoing "carrier testing" issues, the BlackBerry Q10 may not reach consumers in the United States until June.
By then, the iPhone 5S, HTC M7, and Samsung Galaxy S IV may have already moved the smartphone industry so far ahead that BlackBerry's "comeback" will be over before it even began. Nonetheless, while BlackBerry tries to sort out carrier testing issues, the company is also having to put out fires on more than one continent tonight.
In addition to the unfortunate news about device delays, Australia is slowing bidding farewell to BlackBerry.
Over the next month and a half, the Australian Department of Treasury will ditch its fleet of BlackBerry mobile phones in favor of iPhone 5s, according to chief information officer Peter Alexander. The department has traditionally provided BlackBerry devices to staff in the department, four ministers' offices, and agencies under Treasury...
"We're going to use Apple devices as our corporate platform — iPhones and iPads for now," Alexander says, adding that "BlackBerry has pretty limited capability. With the new one being launched, it's almost too late. Maybe it'll catch up, maybe it won't."