BlackBerry and TCL Communication have entered an agreement where TCL will design, manufacture, sell, and provide customer support for BlackBerry-branded mobile devices.
BlackBerry said it will “control and develop its security and software solutions”, while TCL will manage all sales and distribution of new BlackBerry mobile devices.
TCL is the Chinese company behind Alcatel and has already built the DTEK50 and DTEK60 smartphones for BlackBerry.
“This agreement with TCL Communication represents a key step in our strategy to focus on putting the ‘smart in the phone’ by providing state-of-the-art security and device software on a platform that mobile users prefer and are comfortable with,” said BlackBerry.
“TCL Communication is the natural choice to license BlackBerry’s software and brand on a global scale.”