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BlackBerry Gives China's TCL Rights to Use Its Brand on Phones

BlackBerry Ltd. agreed to give Chinese manufacturer TCL Corp. the right to use its brand on future phones and sell them around the world.

The deal, which was announced Thursday without terms, gives investors and fans of the ailing smartphone brand a clearer picture of the future of the device that helped usher in the mobile age. TCL has already built two phones for BlackBerry using off-the-shelf parts and blueprints: the touch screen, Android-equipped DTEK50 and DTEK60.

Chief Executive Officer John Chen has been weaning the company off phones since...