08/20/2013 04:15 EDT | Updated 10/20/2013 01:12 EDT

BlackBerry Cuts 100 More Jobs As Part Of Downsizing

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Thorsten Heins, president and chief executive officer of Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), pauses while speaking at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Research In Motion Ltd. aims to release the first of its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones globally in January, betting that the device will help it regain market share lost to rivals led by Apple Inc. and Google Inc. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images

WATERLOO, Ont. - BlackBerry (TSX:BB) confirms it's cutting about 100 jobs this week as part of the second phase of its previously announced transformation plan.

BlackBerry says the terminations were handed out in the Waterloo Region where the smartphone maker is based.

"I can confirm that BlackBerry this week informed a small number of employees of their termination, including approximately 100 employees in Waterloo," a spokesperson said in an email.

"As previously stated, we are in the second phase of our transformation plan where we will be assessing our organization – from top to bottom – to ensure we have the right people in the right roles with the right skill sets to drive new opportunities in mobile computing.

The company said its "evolution" was ongoing and "in no way easy."

"But we are realistic about what is required to move our transformation forward in a timely manner. We will be as transparent as possible as our plans evolve."

There were also 250 layoffs last month in BlackBerry's operations in Waterloo.

BlackBerry's board of directors is also exploring strategic options, including a potential sale of the company or some of its assets.

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