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Updated: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:43:43 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

What do new BlackBerry phones, desktop BBM mean for the company?



Geoff Robins/Canadian Press

Geoff Robins/Canadian Press

Join tech analyst Carmi Levy and CBC Kitchener-Waterloo online host Andrea Bellemare in a noon live chat on Monday, March 31 about what's next for smartphone maker BlackBerry.

BlackBerry posted a $423 million US loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 on Friday even as the company told Reuters it was looking to target business executives with high-end keyboard phones and was considering bringing the BBM app to desktop. 

Revenue for the smartphone maker over the three-month period fell to $976 million — a 64 per cent decline from $2.68 billion a year earlier.

Despite its struggles, CEO John Chen told CBC's Amanda Lang, host of The Lang & O’Leary Exchange in an interview that he has "no interest" in selling the company any time soon, which he says has a lot of value.

"I think the shareholder will not be as rewarded by selling at this point because our full value hasn’t been realized," he said.

Chen has also said that the company has designed at least three different handsets as they work to bring phones to market that will appeal to government workers and business users.

The company is also considering bringing the BlackBerry Messenger service app to desktop users, a move aimed at corporate users and transition group chats from computers to phones.

Many are pinning their hopes for the company on Chen, but could these moves be enough to change BlackBerry's fortunes? 

We'll discuss those questions and more at a noon live chat on Monday, March 31.

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