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Like Nokia, BlackBerry is a once-dominant device maker which has abandoned its smartphone business in order to pursue software-driven enterprise, IoT and carrier markets (see separate item). But like Nokia, its iconic brand still has some cachet, and is now at the heart of a licensing deal which will see BlackBerry handsets still appearing on the market. The devices will be made by Chinese manufacturer TCL, which years ago struck a similar deal with Alcatel when the French firm pulled out of handsets. It still uses the brand for a range of low cost smartphones, a year after Alcatel itself, and its name, have been subsumed into Nokia. Indeed, Alcatel claims to be the fourth largest handset brand by unit…

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