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Yota is invading Canada for Blackberry employees

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday August 12, 2014.

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Ex Blackberry employees are on Yota
Ex Blackberry employees are on Yota

Yota is one of the lesser known flagship brands, but the company did cause a stir with its dual screen Yota Phone. The Russian company is now packing its bags and leaving its Moscow base and will instead camp itself in Canada and apparently the reason for the move is to take advantage of some ex Blackberry employees.

Blackberry is of course Canada's smartphone giant, but the company has fallen on well documented hard times in recent years. We will not tread that old ground again, but we will say that one of the numerous fallouts from Blackberry's woes was that the company had to lay off thousands of employees. That means there are still plenty of out of work smartphone geniuses hanging around Canada looking for something to do.

Well, that's how Yota sees things anyway, so the company has moved its whole operation to the country to pick some of those ex Blackberry employees up. Of course, the fact that Canada has better tax benefits, lower costs, and government support than a lot of other nations also swayed the decision. The company is also almost certainly going to release its Yota Phone in the country now too, and could even send it over the border to the US in due course.

The Yota Phone is available in several European countries and some in Asia (15 markets in all) and is among the quirkiest smartphones on the market. The flagship boasts specs such as a 5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on board storage, and an 8 megapixel camera. The standout feature of the handset is that it has two screens, with a 4.7-inch e-ink screen adorning the outer shell, making reading a much better experience than on a super bright panel.

UPDATE: Yota reached out to us and ensured us that while the company has plans for expansions to other countries, the company would remain in Russia. A move in some capacity was not ruled out, but the base of operations will remain in Moscow.

source: Financial Post

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