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 in weak but better than expected financial results last 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.
Previously on ZDNet:
- BlackBerry US managing director loses job amid lackluster carrier support
- Is BlackBerry really on the right path?
- BlackBerry Q5: Hands-on with the latest Qwerty
- BlackBerry 10 dismal shipment figures: It's the keyboard
- BlackBerry CEO Heins: Focus on enterprise mobility over device sales
- BlackBerry Q1: Recovery, turnaround not going so well
- BlackBerry chief questions tablet category: Maybe he's not wrong