The employees were primarily from the company's product testing group, which includes research and development.
As you might expect, the move comes as the result of a desire to cut costs. The former Research in Motion slashed thousands of jobs in a major restructuring last year, bringing the total to 12,700.
The company, which turned inlast quarter, had hinted more recently that it planned further cuts.
Shares of the company's stock have been under duress, to say the least, as its new line of mobile phones (the all-touch Z10, keyboard-clad Q10) failed to gain immediate traction in a market dominated by Apple's iPhone and Google Android-powered devices, chiefly from Samsung.
BlackBerry stock (BBRY) price was up a hair, to 9.05, in morning trading.
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