BlackBerry shows flicker of life: KPMG buys 3,500 smartphones

It's a rare bit of positive news for a company that has endured massive losses and continued chatter over its ability to survive through the year.

BlackBerry Q10
The BlackBerry Q10. Sarah Tew/CNET

BlackBerry is alive and kicking. Really.

That would be the reasoning behind a release issued by the company on Wednesday touting a commitment to its BlackBerry 10 platform by KPMG. BlackBerry said that KPMG's Italian operations have ordered 3,500 BlackBerry 10 devices and have committed to using BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to manage its mobile devices.

It's a paltry order number, but a rare bit of positive news for a company that has endured massive losses and continued chatter over its ability to survive through the year. The company is entertaining offers for a takeover, some of which would break it apart.

Unfortunately, KPMG's Italy branch is an exception in a world where companies are increasingly letting consumers bring their own smartphones into the workplace, or jumping on other platforms such as Apple's iOS. BlackBerry has previously said it would cede the consumer market to other players as it focused on big business and government customers.

The announcement comes two days after BlackBerry issued an open letter to customers in an attempt to calm jittery nerves and reassure them that it will continue to exist.

"You can continue to count on BlackBerry," the letter said.

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Roger Cheng is the executive editor in charge of breaking news for CNET News. Prior to this, he was on the telecommunications beat and wrote for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal for nearly a decade. He's a devoted Trojan alum and Los Angeles Lakers fan.

 

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