john chen contextIt was in the middle of this week when we brought you word that BlackBerry CEO John Chen mentioned to Reuters that the handset division could actually be sold if it ends up as an unprofitable enterprise. That comment might sound defeatist but it is far from being unreasonable considering the position that BlackBerry as a company is in at the moment. This has led to some coverage on that statement, touting that BlackBerry’s handset division’s sale was imminent. It is nice to know that Mr. Chen has stepped forward to clarify any misunderstandings that might have arose, citing the fact that he was misquoted.

In fact, Mr. Chen shared, “I want to assure you that I have no intention of selling off or abandoning this business any time soon.‎ I know you still love your BlackBerry devices. I love them too and I know they created the foundation of this company. Our focus today is on finding a way to make this business profitable.”

There you go – from the proverbial horse’s mouth itself, that the handset business is not going to be abandoned or sold to someone else anytime soon. Now ain’t that a relief for long time fans of the smartphone manufacturer? [Press Release]

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