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GET DOWN TO BUSINESS WITH THE BLACKBERRY KEYONE AND BLACKBERRY MOTION - OFFICIALLY VERIFIED AS ANDROID ENTERPRISE RECOMMENDED

IRVINE, Calif. – February 21, 2018 – Security. Privacy. Reliability. Productivity. These are critical features that enterprise smartphone users demand and can be found in the Android Enterprise Recommended BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion from TCL Communication. The need for greater mobile security is now more important than ever, and more enterprises are choosing the flexibility of Android for their organizations. With the all-new Google-led Android Enterprise Recommended program, businesses large and small now have the confidence in selecting, deploying and managing Android devices such as BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion to meet their needs.

“It is an honor to have BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion among the first smartphones validated as part of the Android Enterprise Recommended program,” said Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for TCL Communication’s BlackBerry Mobile Division. “This is an important part of our portfolio growth and another step we’re taking to ensure our modern, Android-powered BlackBerry smartphones set the bar for an enterprise-ready, secure mobile experience.”

“Security is paramount in today’s Enterprise of Things,” said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. “Together with TCL Communication, we’re proud to provide businesses around the world with the most secure Android smartphones that spur productivity with features employees want.”

With the Android Enterprise Recommended BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion, business users can buy with confidence knowing they’re getting the most safe and secure Android smartphone experience possible. This means these Androidpowered smartphones meet elevated requirements established and validated by Google, which will include timely security updates (which BlackBerry Mobile provides monthly), business-ready hardware features and at least one major OS update. The BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion will also support zero-touch enrollment with the forthcoming Android 8.0 Oreo™ update expected later this springi.

For more information about the Android Enterprise Recommended BlackBerry Mobile smartphones from TCL Communication, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services under three key brands – TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry - with its portfolio of products currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates nine R&D centers worldwide, employing thousands across the globe. For more information, please visit www.tclcom.com.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Nokia used under license by TCL Communication.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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Media Contacts:
Jason Gerdon
Email: jason.gerdon@blackberrymobile.com

Camille Gere
Email: c.gere@blackberrymobile.com


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TCL COMMUNICATION PROMISES AT LEAST TWO NEW BLACKBERRY SMARTPHONES COMING IN 2018

Also announces U.S. availability of BlackBerry Motion and an all-new variant of BlackBerry KEYone for select markets in Asia and Europe

LAS VEGAS – January 9, 2018 – Building upon the successful global launch of the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone and introduction of BlackBerry Motion more recently to select markets, TCL Communication is preparing for additional portfolio expansion in 2018. This begins with the GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion coming to the U.S. market beginning January 12, which will be available online at Amazon and Best Buy for $449.99 USD. Later in Q1 2018, an all-new color variant and dual SIM version of BlackBerry KEYone – Bronze Edition – will be released in select markets across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“It has been less than one year since we formally introduced the world to our all-new BlackBerry smartphones and we’ve seen very strong renewed interest thanks to devices like BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion,” said Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry Mobile. “With new BlackBerry smartphones from TCL Communication now available in over 50 countries around the world, we have a solid foundation to continue building upon our portfolio in the new year. This means customers can expect to see at least two new BlackBerry smartphones from us later this year.”

“BlackBerry phones are the world’s most secure Android smartphones because we’ve designed security into every possible piece of software,” said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions, BlackBerry. “We are excited that TCL Communication has decided to bring the BlackBerry Motion with its outstanding battery life and its touchscreen interface to the United States, in addition to introducing a dual-SIM variant of the highly regarded BlackBerry KEYone for global markets. In 2018 we will be working closely with TCL Communication to roll out Android 8.0 OreoTM, including additional security and other features, to continue to expand the overall BlackBerry smartphone user experience.”

BLACKBERRY KEYONE BRONZE EDITION

Since the global rollout of BlackBerry KEYone, which began in Q2 2017, TCL Communication has launched the device in over 50 countries worldwide, including markets in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In fact, the global rollout continues with variants of BlackBerry KEYone newly released in Mexico and South Korea. This includes launching with key partners like AT&T, Sprint, Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Amazon, Best Buy, Vodafone, MediaMarkt, Orange, Carphone Warehouse, JD.com, Telefonica and many more.

With the positive global reception of the BlackBerry KEYone, TCL Communication is adding the all-new BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition to the series. This limited edition model features a matte bronze finish and adds dual-SIM compatibility for select global markets. Ideal for corporate users or frequent travelers, the BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition also has 4GB of memory and 64GB of internal storage. Additionally, it comes packed with all the security, productivity and reliability features that have made BlackBerry KEYone such a distinctly different and popular smartphone. More information on the regional availability of BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition will be shared shortly, including market availability and pricing.

BLACKBERRY MOTION

The launch of BlackBerry Motion further diversifies the BlackBerry Mobile smartphone portfolio offering IP67 water and dust resistance and a new anti-scratch display technology for its 5.5-inch Full-HD screen. It also comes with the largest battery ever in a BlackBerry smartphone (4,000mAh), offering 32+ hours of mixed use. When a charge is required, Qualcomm® Quick ChargeTM 3.0 enables up to a 50 percent charge in roughly 40 minutes using a USB Type-C charger. Powered by AndroidTM 7.1 Nougat, this all-new BlackBerry smartphone gives customers access to the entire Google PlayTM store and will receive monthly Android security updates. It will be upgraded to Android Oreo later this year.

New to this latest BlackBerry Smartphone is an improved customizable Convenience Key that brings even greater functionality and context to the quick-access physical key – unique to BlackBerry smartphones. This feature now includes four customizable profiles for Home, Car, Office and User, allowing for three different shortcut options that can be triggered by a home WiFi network, in-car Bluetooth, meetings that are synced to BlackBerry Hub or apps that are most commonly used.

For more information about the BlackBerry Mobile smartphones from TCL Communication, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com and come see us at CES 2018 located in Central Hall, Stand 12929.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services under three key brands – TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry - with its portfolio of products currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates nine R&D centers worldwide, employing thousands across the globe. For more information, please visit www.tclcom.com.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Nokia used under license by TCL Communication.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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Media Contacts:
Jason Gerdon
Email: jason.gerdon@blackberrymobile.com

Camille Gere
Email: c.gere@blackberrymobile.com


Award-Winning BlackBerry® KEYone Available at Sprint

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. and IRVINE, Calif. – July 13, 2017 – TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer and global smartphone licensing partner of BlackBerry Limited, is today announcing that Sprint (NYSE: S) will be the first carrier in the U.S. to offer the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone. This all-new BlackBerry smartphone will officially be on-sale beginning tomorrow, July 14, at www.sprint.com or by calling 1-800-Sprint1 for 18 monthly payments of $22.00 (SRP - $528 USD)¹. It will also be available at Sprint stores across the country later this month.

"This is a highly anticipated launch as we partner with Sprint who is among the first U.S. carriers to offer the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone,” said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager of TCL Communication, North America. “Expanding the availability of the BlackBerry KEYone is a significant milestone for BlackBerry Mobile, furthering our commitment to offer the best in mobile security and a distinctly different communication experience to customers across the U.S."

"BlackBerry has a long-standing reputation for providing one of the most accurate and easy-to-use keyboards and incredible security features,” said Roger Sole, Sprint Chief Marketing Officer. “We are pleased to bring BlackBerry back into our device portfolio and we believe the BlackBerry KEYone will be a hit with our customers. It pairs perfectly with Unlimited Freedom, giving Sprint customers the convenience of unlimited data on an incredibly powerful and security-conscious smartphone."

BLACKBERRY KEYONE PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Built to last with a durable and sleek aluminum frame with a soft textured back for extra grip. Includes a 4.5-inch touch display featuring impact and scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 offering the best in resilience and durability.
  • Reimagined communication experience thanks to an innovative Smart Keyboard that allows you to set up to 52 customizable shortcuts and transform each letter key for quick access to your favorite apps and most important contacts. Includes the world’s first keyboard-embedded fingerprint sensor conveniently located in the spacebar and provides added device security and convenience.
  • Distinct BlackBerry smartphone powered by Android, with the familiarity and functionality of Android™ 7.1 Nougat giving users access to the entire Google Play™ store and over one million apps.
  • Includes the largest battery (3505mAh) ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, offering up to 26+ hours of mixed use, and Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology enables up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes.
  • Pre-loaded with DTEK™ by BlackBerry, offering constant security monitoring and protection of your operating system and apps by letting you know when your privacy could be at risk and how you can take action to improve it. The BlackBerry KEYone will also receive regular monthly Android security updates, ensuring you have the safest and securest Android smartphone experience.
  • Features a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor (Sony IMX378) that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. The wide aperture lens with large 1.55μm pixels and dual-tone flash ensures your photos will have superior color and clarity.
  • At the core of this new BlackBerry smartphone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 mobile platform with the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 506 GPU. This means BlackBerry KEYone users will enjoy a powerful combination of optimized battery efficiency and usage, plus fast LTE speeds for super-fast file sharing.

For more information and additional details on the BlackBerry KEYone, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com.

BLACKBERRY KEYONE PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

For a limited time, when a customer switches to Sprint, they can get four lines of unlimited data, talk and text for $22.50 per month per line with Unlimited Freedom². Plus for a limited time, your fifth line is free! This offer includes HD streaming for videos, gaming and music enjoyment and 10GB/month per line of mobile hotspot data.

Unlimited Freedom is the nation’s best value for unlimited among U.S. national carriers. T-Mobile charges extra for these HD and mobile hotspot perks. Verizon and AT&T unlimited plans cost 50 percent more³

For more information on Sprint’s Unlimited Freedom, visit sprint.com/unlimited or your local Sprint store.

ABOUT TCL COMMUNICATION

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services worldwide under three key brands – TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry. With a portfolio of products currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, TCL Communication ranks as a top-10 global smartphone manufacturer by IDC. Incorporated in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates nine R&D centers worldwide, employing thousands across the globe. For more information, please visit TCL Communication's website.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Nokia used under license by TCL Communication.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Qualcomm, Snapdragon and Adreno are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Quick Charge is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno and Qualcomm Quick Charge are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

ABOUT SPRINT

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 59.7 million connections as of March 31, 2017, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

Media Contact:

Jason Gerdon – TCL Communication, North America
Email:
PR@TCTUSA.com

Michelle Leff Mermelstein – Sprint
Email:
Michelle.Leff@Sprint.com

¹ Mo. lease pymt. excl. taxes. Req. credit approval & qualifying plan. Restrictions apply.

² Savings until 6/30/18; then $60/mo. for line 1, $40/mo. for line 2 and $30/mo. lines 3-5. Includes unlimited talk, text and data. Streams video at up to HD 1080p, music at up to 1.5Mbps, gaming at up to 8Mbps. Data deprioritization during congestion. Pricing shown with$5/month AutoPay discount applied within two invoices. Taxes, surcharges and restrictions apply.

³ Savings compared to advertised unlimited rates for 4 lines as of 7/7/17. Carrier features and international options differ. See carrier sites for details.


The BlackBerry® KEYone will be available beginning May 31 in the U.S. from Amazon and Best Buy

IRVINE, Calif. – May 30, 2017 – Today, TCL Communication, a leading global smartphone manufacturer and global smartphone licensing partner of BlackBerry Limited, is announcing that the award-winning BlackBerry KEYone will officially be on-sale in the U.S. beginning tomorrow, May 31. Available online from Amazon, this all-new BlackBerry smartphone will also be available at select Best Buy stores and online at BestBuy.com for $549.99 USD.

The BlackBerry KEYone will be available in two unlocked variants for U.S. customers, optimized for GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as a CDMA variant optimized for Verizon network support – with the CDMA variant available via Amazon at launch. Additional carrier availability of the BlackBerry KEYone – including Sprint retail availability – is expected to start this summer.

“This is an extremely exciting and humbling moment as we introduce a new BlackBerry smartphone to customers here in the U.S. with the launch of our BlackBerry KEYone,” said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication, North America. “The KEYone is unlike any other smartphone available to consumers today, offering a premium communication experience, ensuring that our customers enjoy the security, long battery life and great functionality that have made BlackBerry mobile devices so iconic.”

“BlackBerry fans in the U.S. will be extremely excited to have the BlackBerry KEYone available in their market,” said Alex Thurber, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of the Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. “Anyone who is an Android loyalist and values the mobile security and productivity that BlackBerry software brings will love this smartphone.”

BUILT TO LAST

An iconic BlackBerry smartphone made for the modern user, the BlackBerry® KEYone is housed in a durable and sleek aluminum frame with a soft textured back for extra grip. It has a 4.5-inch touch display featuring impact and scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 offering the best in resilience and durability.

COMMUNICATION REIMAGINED

The BlackBerry® KEYone uses an innovative Smart Keyboard reimagining how we communicate. Set up to 52 customizable shortcuts and transform each letter key for quick access to your favorite apps and most important contacts. Touch navigation responds to touch gestures like a trackpad, to quickly scroll through webpages or emails. Flick typing makes predictive text even faster with the ability to flick words onto your screen as you type. The device includes the world’s first keyboard-embedded fingerprint sensor conveniently located in the spacebar and provides added device security.

POWERED BY ANDROID

Enjoy the familiarity and functionality of Android™ 7.1 Nougat giving users access to the entire Google Play™ store and over one million apps. This includes BlackBerry® Hub which brings all your messages into one consolidated place. This includes emails, texts and messages from any social media account.

OUTSTANDING BATTERY LIFE

Featuring the largest battery ever found in a BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone® offers all-day use and then some, with up to 26+ hours of mixed use, thanks to the 3505mAh battery. Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology enables up to 50 percent charge in roughly 36 minutes. BlackBerry® Boost is optimized to get you the most charge with the limited time you have so you can have peace of mind in times when you only have a few moments to charge up.

MOST SECURE ANDROID SMARTPHONE

The BlackBerry KEYone comes pre-loaded with DTEK™ by BlackBerry, offering constant security monitoring and protection of your operating system and apps by letting you know when your privacy could be at risk and how you can take action to improve it. Quickly view the overall security rating for your device allowing you to easily improve your security status. The KEYone will also receive regular monthly Android security updates, ensuring you have the most safe and secure Android smartphone experience.

IMPRESSIVE CAMERA

The BlackBerry KEYone features a 12MP rear camera with an industry leading camera sensor (Sony IMX378) that captures sharp, crisp photos in any light. The wide aperture lens with large 1.55μm pixels and dual-tone flash ensures your photos will have superior color and clarity. For times when you have to take a video conference on the go, the device includes an 8MP front camera with fixed focus, LCD Flash, and 84-degree wide angle lens.

For more information and additional details on where to purchase the BlackBerry KEYone, please visit www.BlackBerryMobile.com.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCL Communication) designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services worldwide under three key brands – TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry. The company’s portfolio of products are currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, TCL Communication ranked as a top-10 global smartphone manufacturer by IDC. Headquartered in Hong Kong, TCL Communication operates nine R&D centers worldwide, employing more than 13,500 people across the globe. For more information, please visit www.tclcom.com.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.

Trademarks, including but not limited to BLACKBERRY and EMBLEM Design are the trademarks or registered trademarks of BlackBerry Limited, used under license, and the exclusive rights to such trademarks are expressly reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Qualcomm, Snapdragon and Adreno are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Quick Charge is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Adreno and Qualcomm Quick Charge are products of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


TCL Communication (TCT) unveils the future of the new BlackBerry Mobile as part the company’s product portfolio evolution unveiled at CES 2017

Expanded TCL Communication portfolio takes an industry-first approach to addressing the new mobility market

LAS VEGAS – January 4, 2017 – At CES 2017, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCT), the fourth-largest handset manufacturer in North America, is today sharing plans for an industry-first brand portfolio business model, which now enables the company to offer an entire suite of mobility products, including new BlackBerry smartphones. This brand pillar approach focuses on multiple facets of the company’s product portfolio: the entry-consumer, best-in-class enterprise, connected (IoT) and emerging segments – all leveraging the success of the TCL Communication manufacturing, R&D and operations along with the legacy of some of the industry’s most iconic brands, including Alcatel and BlackBerry.

"Our industry is in the midst of an evolution, where consumers are now demanding greater functionality and value from their mobile devices than ever before," said Steve Cistulli, President and General Manager for TCL Communication (TCT), North America. "To meet these growing demands, both carriers and retailers need a more diverse product offering, requiring portfolio efficiencies that were previously unavailable from a single manufacturer – until now. We’re boldy evolving our business, offering end-to-end efficiencies from sales, through R&D, manufacturing and logistics. This business evolution will provide greater value to our customers in the premium post-paid and affordable no-contract tiers."

Offering carriers and retailers exceptional quality and value, backed by TCL’s world-class R&D and manufacturing capabilities, the TCL Communication portfolio will be anchored by the Alcatel and BlackBerry handset brands while continuing to evolve in 2017. This will include additional mobility offerings to be announced in the first half of the year that will allow the company to further address consumer demands. Among the first products in this portfolio is the latest BlackBerry smartphone, focused on three core features: security, productivity and reliability. Previewed at CES, the smartphone draws on unparalleled mobile security and software expertise to offer the most complete end-to-end smartphone security available on Android.

"We look forward to unveiling details around this distinctly different and impressively designed BlackBerry smartphone around the Mobile World Congress timeframe next month," continued Cistulli.

For more information about TCL Communication (TCT), please visit www.tctusa.com.

About TCL Communication

TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (TCT) with its North America headquarters based in Irvine, California, is a wholly owned company of TCL Corporation, a global consumer electronics brand with products currently sold in over 160 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. With a mobile handset product portfolio that includes devices from Alcatel and BlackBerry, TCT is currently the fourth largest handset manufacturer in North America. The company also operates nine R&D centers worldwide and employs over 13,500 people globally. For more information, please visit www.tctusa.com.

TCL is a registered trademark of TCL Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Alcatel is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCL Communication.

BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

Media Contact:

Jason Gerdon
Email:
PR@TCTUSA.com