Wall Street was expecting a loss of 3 cents per share on revenue on $679 million.
The company has in recent years shifted away from device and hardware sales, what it was long known best for, in favor of providing enterprise services for a range of mobile platforms.
But it's hardware business, which still makes up about two-fifths of the company, is far from dead. BlackBerry said it "recognized revenue" on just 1.1 million devices, with an average selling price of $240.
During the quarter, the company had $3.32 billion in cash and equivalents, an increase of $50 million.
Looking ahead to the second quarter, the company expects to turn a profit "some time in fiscal 2016."
Although BlackBerry's quarter wasn't the greatest, the company got a boost from Wall Street after it signed a patent cross-licensing pact with Cisco. In a statement, BlackBerry said terms of the deal are confidential. But the biggest takeaway may be that BlackBerry's intellectual property can be monetized.
Shares in the company were up more than 8 percent in pre-market trading.