This is a big week for BlackBerry. Just days after throwing the official BlackBerry Classic launch event, the Waterloo firm has reported its results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2015.
BlackBerry says that it sold around 1.9 million smartphones to end customers in Q3 FY15, a number that includes shipments made prior to the third quarter. To compare, BlackBerry sold 2.4 million handsets in Q2 FY15 and 1.9 million in Q3 FY14.
On the financial side of things, BlackBerry reports that it was hit with a net loss of $148 million for the quarter. That’s actually an improvement from its recent losses: in Q2 FY15, BlackBerry lost $207 million, and in Q3 FY14 it lost a whopping $4.4 billion.
Finally, BlackBerry revealed that it made a couple of noteworthy acquisitions during the quarter. It bought virtual SIM provider Movirtu during Q3 FY15 and also recently completed an acquisition of Secusmart, a company that provides encryption for voice and text.
So overall it looks like Q3 FY15 was a bit of a mixed bag for BlackBerry. The company was able to decrease its losses, dramatically so when compared to the year-ago quarter, but its hardware sales leave something to be desired. That could change in the coming months with the launch of the Classic, though, especially since that device will be sold on the two largest carriers in the U.S.