BlackBerry’s Q2 2015 Results Fall Short, But CEO Chen Touts 200,000 Passport Sales

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BlackBerry has missed expectations on revenue for Q2 2015, with $916 million in money coming in, which compares to $1.57 billion in the year-ago quarter. Analysts had predicted north of $940 million for the quarter. Expenses were down under Chen’s leadership, with R&D spend dropping from $360 million to $186 million. Sales, marketing and administration also dropped from $527 million to $195 million, but cost cutting alone wasn’t enough to right the ship this quarter, or stave off greater than expected losses.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen explained on a subsequent earnings call that the company has seen 200,000 orders for its BlackBerry Passport, the new smartphone it unveiled earlier this week at a launch event held simultaneously in Toronto, London and Dubai. Chen emphasized the device’s enterprise user appeal, and the company’s Canadian roots at the event. BlackBerry also touted an active BBM user network of 91 million, which…

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