Earlier today, BlackBerry announced their Q3 fiscal 2014 earnings report. Within the report, BlackBerry announced they had entered a five year agreement with Foxconn.
“This partnership demonstrates BlackBerry’s commitment to the device market for the long-term and our determination to remain the innovation leader in secure end-to-end mobile solutions,” said John Chen, Executive Chair and CEO of BlackBerry. “Partnering with Foxconn allows BlackBerry to focus on what we do best – iconic design, world-class security, software development and enterprise mobility management – while simultaneously addressing fast-growing markets leveraging Foxconn’s scale and efficiency that will allow us to compete more effectively.”
During the earnings call, Chen revealed that the first BlackBerry and Foxconn smartphone would be releasing in Indonesia. It’s codename, you guessed it: Jakarta.
Chen says the entry level smartphone will be designed by Foxconn, and supported by BlackBerry 10. The Jakarta will be 3G-only and expected release date is as early as March 2014, or at least by April, says Chen.