BlackBerry cuts more staff

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A little over a year after reducing its headcount by 5,000, Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind BlackBerry, has announced plans to lay off a further 250 staff.

This time it’s the people in the product testing and R&D who are being given the sack at the company’s head office in Ontario, Canada.  

A spokesperson for RIM told TechCrunch that: "This is part of the next stage of our turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale our company correctly for new opportunities in mobile computing. We will be as transparent as possible as those plans evolve."

2013 was slated to be the turnaround year for BlackBerry. With a tranche of new smartphones hitting the market, including its flagship Z10, hopes were high after a turbulent few years as the company lost ground to Apple and Samsung.

However sales have been poor coupled with mixed reviews of BlackBerry 10, the company’s operating system that had been in development for what seemed like an eternity.

So it does raise a somewhat perplexed eyebrow that these latest round of cuts fall in the product testing and research and development departments.

Rumours that these cuts may be the precursor to a sale of the company are unsubstantiated.