T-Mobile CEO backs BlackBerry for comeback

T-Mobile CEO backs BlackBerry for comeback

T-Mobile's chief executive officer John Legere has backed fledging smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry to make a comeback.

The two companies have arguably experienced contrasting fortunes since splitting in 2014, a feud that was partially resolved when T-Mobile gave its customers the opportunity to buy a BlackBerry Classic back in May.

Many analysts and industry experts have voiced their doubts over whether BlackBerry will be able to return to previous heights, but when Mr Legere was asked about where he saw the company's current situation, he told CNET the firm was "on a comeback".

This month saw BlackBerry release its Priv smartphone, the first handset to be powered by Google's Android operating system.

Although T-Mobile is not currently offering the new model to its customers, it seems it is piquing the interest of networks.

"While we don't carry the Priv right now, we may have something to report soon," a T-Mobile spokeswoman told CNET. 

"We are definitely talking with BlackBerry."

Whether the firm decides to stock the Priv remains to be seen, but BlackBerry is already pleased with the support shown.

An email to CNET from BlackBerry chief executive John Chen read: "I'm energised about our renewed relationship with T-Mobile and I'm excited about what 2016 will bring we continue to move forward together."

The Priv has attracted decidedly mixed opinions from from reviewers, although Droid Life did hand it a boost by calling it "the most important phone of the year".

At the moment it is difficult to argue with that statement, with the significance of BlackBerry abandoning its own operating system in favour of Android too much for many to overlook.