new-blackberry-ceoBlackBerry CEO John Chen has gone through the usual misquote train in recent times, where he had to step forward to deny that the BlackBerry handset division might go on sale. Well, I suppose the next best thing he could have done would have been to reassure investors as well as long time supporters of BlackBerry that the division would start to make money – at least in the near and immediate future. Check out what John Chen shared right after the jump.

”The only benchmark I would say is not so much volume based…I told an investor, we need to make money in the handset business and this is what I’m fixated in doing. I’m hoping between now and sometime next year, that we will make money in the handset business…We are currently about 3 to 4 million handsets a quarter–I gotta make sure we make money at that volume.”

Well, I guess that’s that – there should be a renewed sense of optimism, but having the intention to make a profit and actually getting one’s hands down and dirty in doing so are two completely different things. All that we can do now is to wish BlackBerry all the luck in the world to be able to get out of the doldrums.

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