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Old 09-19-2012, 05:55 AM
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Some pretty sick new Blackberry Concepts out

Blackberry has only 4.8% of the market share now. Ouchie!

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New smartphone sales numbers from research firm IDC show BlackBerry lagging far behind Android and Apple devices in global second-quarter sales.

Android and Apple dominate in smartphones, with 85% of the worldwide market combined in the quarter.

Blackberry devices, meanwhile, came a distant third with 4.8% of the market, compared to 11.5% a year earlier.
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RIM will begin selling its first BlackBerry 10 smartphones on multiple continents within a few days of the company’s January 30th launch event, says COO Kristian Tear. “We want to do it as quickly as possible,” said Tear.

Some analysts had been expecting a March debut. Details are still pending on which carriers will initially support the phones, and if any will have exclusivity deals. The rumored L-Series will be among the first devices, followed with the N-Series.

RIM announced that it will hold its BlackBerry® 10 launch event on January 30th, 2013. The event will happen simultaneously in multiple countries around the world. This day will mark the official launch of its new platform – BlackBerry 10, as well as the unveiling of the first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Details on the smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event.

“In building BlackBerry 10, we set out to create a truly unique mobile computing experience that constantly adapts to your needs. Our team has been working tirelessly to bring our customers innovative features combined with a best in class browser, a rich application ecosystem, and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities. All of this will be integrated into a user experience – the BlackBerry Flow – that is unlike any smartphone on the market today,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of Research In Motion. “Thanks to our strong partnerships with global carriers and a growing ecosystem of developers, we believe our customers will have the best experience possible with BlackBerry 10. We are looking forward to getting BlackBerry 10 in the hands of our customers around the world.”

BlackBerry 10 will offer a large catalog of the leading applications from across the globe and across all categories, including Games, Productivity, Social, Lifestyle and Leisure, Multimedia and Published Content, as well as applications designed for business and enterprise use.

The BlackBerry® 10 platform has recently achieved FIPS 140-2 certification, which means that government agencies will be able to deploy BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 as soon as it is available. This marks the first time BlackBerry products have been certified ahead of their launch. In addition, RIM recently announced that BlackBerry 10 smartphones have now entered more than 50 carrier labs with many more entries expected in the coming weeks.

Some key features of the new BlackBerry 10 devices already unveiled recently include:

BlackBerry Flow and BlackBerry Hub
BlackBerry® Flow is a new user experience that allows seamless navigation across open applications and the BlackBerry® Hub. All messages, notifications, feeds, and calendar events come into the BlackBerry Hub and no matter what the user is doing with the device, with a simple gesture, they can peek into the Hub at any time.

BlackBerry Keyboard
The BlackBerry Keyboard learns how you write and adapts to how you type so you can write faster and more accurately, giving you the kind of legendary typing experience that only BlackBerry can deliver.

BlackBerry Balance
BlackBerry® Balance™ offers the most elegant way to satisfy both customer and corporate needs without compromising on either. With BlackBerry Balance, personal apps and information are kept separate from work data, and the customer can switch from their personal to work profile with a simple gesture. The work profile is fully encrypted and secure, enabling organizations to protect their content and applications, while at the same time letting customers get the most out of their smartphone for their personal use.

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RIM will begin selling its first BlackBerry 10 smartphones on multiple continents within a few days of the company’s January 30th launch event, says COO Kristian Tear. “We want to do it as quickly as possible,” said Tear.
I wonder why.
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BlackBerry vs. Apple Case Study

“I can’t wait for BB10. Apple does not even allow telephone companies to back up their information unless they use an app. I was a Blackberry user for 10 years and never lost a contact. I switched to iPhone.

A month ago when we had to do the upgrade, Apple lost 90% of my contacts. I thought Oh, no problem I have them all saved on the cloud!!! Guess what?? Even though they were supposed to be saved there, there was not one contact saved on iCloud. I thought oh… no problem Verizon should have them saved! My last ugly truth came out, Verizon told me that Apple does not allow phone companies to save their client’s contacts.

It took me 26 years to collect those contacts for my business and it took apple one day to lose them all. I cannot wait for BB10. You analysts could trash RIMM all day long, but as a consumer, who relies on my phone for business, I would never buy another iPhone.”

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The salvos from each side have been firing back and forth for a couple of weeks now over Research In Motion (RIMM). Longs vs. shorts, analyst vs. analyst. It's hard to know who and what to believe when you see how twisted the facts become from one side to the next.

The Argument
RIM can't survive. The market has left it behind, and it's a case of too little, too late. Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) Android have the market sewn up and will continue to do so -- forever.

Not So Fast
1. RIM has a loyal base of over 80 million subscribers, with a large chunk of those patiently awaiting an upgrade to the new BB10 OS. This is a point that cannot be discounted. A player like Microsoft (MSFT)/Nokia (NOK) entering the segment with the new WP8 has an uphill battle in that it has to steal market share in order to be a relevant player. RIM is already in third position and just needs to build up from there. Remember that RIM was able to add users quarter after quarter without having a competitive phone on the market for the last two years.

2. The smartphone market took 15 years to sell the first 1 billion phones and analysts predict it will sell the next 1 billion in the next three years. This means there is plenty of room to grow. RIM is well positioned in "rest of world" countries, which is where a large portion of this growth will come from.

3. RIM has carrier support. This is huge for it to be successful. Carriers have expressed a positive view of BB10 and have stated clearly they need a viable third player to offset the current duopoly of iOS and Android. This fact cannot be discounted as carriers play an important role in getting these devices moving off the shelves.

4. RIM has solved the problems that drove it into the ground in the first place. A lack of apps that led to customers leaving in droves for a better ecosystem has now been clearly addressed. RIM has worked hard to foster app developer community support and continues to do so, ensuring it will launch with well over 100,000 apps. RIM announced an alliance with Appcelerator's 390,00 strong developer community to port and develop apps for BB10.

5. RIM has a new OS that has been received well by analysts, carriers, and developers and will roll out to consumers on Jan. 30, 2013. Former bearish analyst Peter Misek clearly stated that he and his Fairfax Financial group had intensively reviewed the BB10 dev alpha and beta devices and noted them "better than Android" and at least on par with iOS.

6. Last, RIM has the cash to launch this thing. It has 2.3 billion in cash on hand for marketing and launching BB10. Analyst Steven Li has stated RIM needs to only sell 18 million BB10 units to break even. Between channel fill and initial upgrades from the subscriber base, it is clear that RIM can accomplish this.

When RIM Wins, Who Loses?
With RIM having nothing left to lose to Android and iOS, anything it sells outside of the current subscriber base is eating away at their market share. So who will lose when RIM starts taking back market share? To some extent they both will; however, one stands to lose a lot more than the other.

Apple has a very loyal customer base. This base surrounds itself with all offerings Apple (iPads, iPods, MacBooks, and, of course, iPhones). These users will upgrade to the next level of phone with even the smallest of changes (case in point -- iPhone 5). Apple is really not worried about RIM -- at least in the short term.

Android, on the other hand, is a totally different animal. RIM's user base was eroded heavily by Android. Android now stands as the giant of the segment with upward of 80% of the market locked up. Android has several weak points that RIM will exploit.

1. Android is just an OS. The market share it has accumulated has been by offering a cheap OS to the likes of Samsung and HTC. RIM, on the other hand, is vertically integrated with its own OS, network, and hardware. RIM has already alluded to the fact that deals with the likes of Samsung will be on the table after BB10 launches. These phone makers have a vested interest in licensing BB10 as a hedge against Google waking up one day and deciding it will vertically integrate and no longer license to them. No OS, no phone sales. By aligning with a Samsung or HTC, RIM can quickly gain in market share (albeit at a lower margin) if it chooses to do so. It's a win/win.

2. Android is a security nightmare. It is the most malware-ridden OS on the market. This will be a factor in the next phase of mobile computing where phones do more and more financial transactions. Security breaches will not be tolerated. RIM has the most secure OS on the market, and the fact BB10 has been FIPS 140-2 approved ahead of launch is sign that RIM is still the leader in this area.

3. Samsung has some very good reasons to deal with RIM. The QNX software that is embedded in everything from cars, Cisco routers, robots, and appliances would be a good fit in Samsung's other divisions, such as home appliances and home electronics. Coupled with the BB10 QNX-based OS, there are several opportunities to push the smartphone into areas of home automation.

Summary
There is clearly room for a solid third OS in the market. RIM in the short term will retain that third position with the launch of BB10. Once established and no longer in a death spiral, the company can focus its efforts and innovations to slowly begin to target areas for rapid growth. A licensing deal will accelerate that growth.

The new CEO and his team have some plans to push the smartphone into new frontiers. However, in the short term, all hands are on deck to focus on delivering BB10 to market. Although much about BB10 has already been slowly revealed, I'm pretty sure Thorsten Heins has a few tricks up his sleeve for the January 2013 release date.

It's easy to kick this stock around as it's past performance and fall from grace has been a case study in mismanagement. Taking a clear look at the current facts and taking into account the last six months of the new management team's performance, I think it is fair to say that things have changed at RIM for the better.

I, for one, think it's a great investment at current prices and that the longs will be rewarded.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1037...wins-who-loses

http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bus...woes-misek.cnn

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If you want to slam "Apple", at least use an example of something that's unique to Apple. All platforms can hose your data and leave you SOL if you've not verified your backup strategy.

I've had a BB hose my contacts when syncing to Outlook back in the day. I restored them from my backup. This guy was a moron: twenty six years of contacts and he *only* has them on his phone? He assumed they were being saved to iCloud but didn't verify? He expected the phone company to save his contacts but didn't ever check that they really did so? Seriously?
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BlackBerry 10's most powerful allies: iPhone-hating Carriers

In late July, when AT&T reported its Q2 numbers, Forbes ran a headline that might have seemed curious to the casual observer.

"AT&T Profit Beats Street, No New iPhone Means Improved Wireless Margins"

The story explained that the telco giant's net income, which at $3.9 billion or $.66 cents a share, exceeded analysts estimates of $.63 cents, was higher because AT&T subsidizes the sales of iPhone by making payments to Apple. "The more new iPhones AT&T sells," explained writer Abram Brown, "….the more harm done to its margins."

Over at AT&T competitor Verizon there's a similar story on bottom line. Verizon's EBITDA margin in 2010, before it began to sell the iPhone, was 46.4%. That number dropped to nearly 42%, before rebounding recently to 49% because the company, like AT&T, was selling fewer iPhones in advance of the iPhone 5 launch this fall.

And Sprint is the most highly levered to Apple of all; signing a $20-billion dollar deal to buy about thirty million iPhones over the next four years, which means it will subsidize the cost of each device by as much as $500. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse reportedly told the company's board it would lose money on the deal until 2014.

Apple is using the remarkable consumer demand for the iPhone to carve out sweetheart deals with carriers. It's own financial reports reveal that the average price it receives for an iPhone is $660. Carriers, of course, subsidize the cost of an iPhone because consumers want it, and they will sign lucrative long term contracts to get one. The difference is largely made up on data plans.

But the relationship is contentious, and is growing more so, according to experts. Apple is like a big bully.

"A logical conclusion is that the iPhone is not good for wireless carriers," Nomura Securities analyst Mike McCormack told CNN Money writer David Goldman recently, "When we look at the direct and indirect economics that Apple has managed to extract from the carriers, the carrier-level value destruction is quite evident."

In her assessment, Yankee Group analyst Katie Lewis is even more plain:

"Mobile operators are sick of taking orders from Apple….iPhones are occupying an increasingly dangerous share of mobile operators' smartphone sales. In 2011, iPhones represented half of AT&T's smartphone sales, and now that Verizon has recently voiced a similar shift in sales, the companies' fears of an Apple takeover are growing stronger."

Enter the beleaguered, beaten down BlackBerry. Could the timing of RIM's new BlackBerry 10 phones actually be an important factor in its success? While no one expects the BlackBerry 10 handsets to outsell the iPhone 5, the devices could potentially be a body shot in a battle plan designed to bring the balance of power between carriers and Apple back in line.

In Q1, 2012 AT&T sold 5.5 million smartphones, 78% of which were iPhones. Are they happy with this? Some say the answer is a resounding "No". Earlier this month, the website BGR ran a story that said multiple sources had reported that AT&T retail staff had been ordered to sell "anything but the iPhone" and that they themselves were no longer allowed to use iPhones as their company-owned device. Around the time the story was being denied by AT&T, CNN was reporting that Verizon was doing the same thing.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins is currently on the road with him two beta versions of BlackBerry 10 smartphones, one is a touch device similar in appearance to the iPhone. The other, which will be released soon after, has both a physical QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen. Heins is looking to convince carriers to support the devices, which will ultimately total six.

"The carriers want us to keep that installed base [of BlackBerry users]," Heins told the Wall Street Journal recently. Early indications are that the BB10 will be given a fighting, front-of-the-store chance.

One unnamed wireless network exec told the paper that BlackBerry 10 is "marked improvement" over previous BlackBerry devices, and that he is confident of their market viability.

In May, rumours emerged that T-Mobile would carry BlackBerry 10 devices. And AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said recently: "We value our relationship with RIM and look forward to working with them on existing and new products." As for Verizon, CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk is reporting that it too will back BlackBerry 10. Sprint is predictably cagey. A spokesman for the company said the carrier doesn't think BlackBerry will return to its former glory, but that he wouldn't count RIM out.

http://www.cantechletter.com/2012/08...ting-carriers/

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“I can’t wait for BB10. Apple does not even allow telephone companies to back up their information unless they use an app. I was a Blackberry user for 10 years and never lost a contact. I switched to iPhone.

A month ago when we had to do the upgrade, Apple lost 90% of my contacts. I thought Oh, no problem I have them all saved on the cloud!!! Guess what?? Even though they were supposed to be saved there, there was not one contact saved on iCloud. I thought oh… no problem Verizon should have them saved! My last ugly truth came out, Verizon told me that Apple does not allow phone companies to save their client’s contacts.

It took me 26 years to collect those contacts for my business and it took apple one day to lose them all. I cannot wait for BB10. You analysts could trash RIMM all day long, but as a consumer, who relies on my phone for business, I would never buy another iPhone.”

If you sync your contacts with an Apple computer you should not lose anything.

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You don't to use an apple computer. iCloud does it automatically or iTunes does it (you have to check the option in sync options). It will even sync with your google account.
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We're just over eight weeks away from the BlackBerry 10 launch event on January 30th, 2013 and the excitement in our developer community is continuing to grow. Our final developer milestone is the gold release of our BlackBerry 10 SDKs on Tuesday, December 11th.

http://crackberry.com/blackberry-10-...-happening-nyc


Silicon Valley

We are holding a BlackBerry 10 Gold SDK Tweetup at Plug and Play Tech Center - Sunnyvale in Sunnyvale, CA on December 11th and we'd like to you to join us for a few drinks, apps, and appetizers.

Kyle Fowler, Developer at foursquare will be on hand to discuss building the native version of foursquare for BlackBerry 10 using Cascades.

Plug and Play Tech Center - Sunnyvale
440 N Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

NYC

We are holding a BlackBerry 10 Gold SDK Tweetup at Stitch Bar & Lounge in New York on December 11th and we'd like to you to join us for a few drinks, apps, and appetizers.

Greg Avola, CTO, Co-Founder, Developer at Untappd will be on hand to talk about PhoneGap development with BlackBerry 10 and bringing Untappd to the platform.

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BlackBerry vs. iPhone

• It has the BEST physical keyboard (PKB) available on a smartphone.

• AutoText / Word Substitution, it saves keystrokes, and it allows for a wide arrange of usages.

• LED & Sound profiles. Anyone who has owned a BlackBerry knows the additive nature of the LED.

• Email control! With BlackBerry one can delete emails "On Mailbox & Handheld" OR "On Handheld", This is such a little thing, but it means so much.

• Dialing phone numbers from websites/emails. Yes I know iPhone and Android can do that too, kinda. BlackBerry actually does it fully, if you see a link 555-555-5555 ext 555 BlackBerry will call 555-555-5555 pause then add 555 as the extension. iOS and Android just assume they read the number wrong and dial 555-555-5555 you are required to manually enter the extension, OR add said phone number to your address book for it to auto-dial, this little thing goes a long way in my business.

• Keyboard Short cuts. As a PKB user if you haven't taken the time to learn the Keyboard shortcuts available to you, keep returning to N4BB, there will be many Blog posts to help you maximize the usage of these powerful time savers.

• Swappable Batteries; Yes other manufacturers offer them too, and I would not really have considered this a feature if I didn't also have an iPhone, not having a swappable battery available makes me realize how important it is that BlackBerry chooses to be functional first.

• Data Compression! My BIS enabled BlackBerry with 6 email addresses including my work address and over 100 BBM contacts uses less data in 3 days when I travel than my iPhone does in a single day with only 1 email address. Paying $1/MB of data while traveling, BlackBerry has saved me money. BlackBerry does not require me to restrict my usage, I don't have to over pay for my data for fear my device will use too much.

• TrackPad. A single point for my thumb to rest and give me access to my entire screen, perfect fine detailed access for highlighting text, selecting items, going to action! You always are pressing the same location with your thumb, never making your screen smudgy or oily, never covering vital information as you reach your hand across the screen, the trackpad makes using a BlackBerry's smaller screen enjoyable. It maximizes the available real estate.

Of course this list wouldn't be complete without BBM. My social circle is comprised primarily of BlackBerry People. My best friends and family are all there at the tip of my finders in a wonderful little social network sharing pictures, voice notes, files, and videos. With BBM Music we can find and share music comment on each other's selections and have fun finding new music. BlackBerry Messenger is more than just an Instant messenger with delivered and read notifications.

BBM is a way to really feel like you're a part of each other's lives, creating groups and multi-user chats to plan things and be social, using status updates to let people know what you are feeling, or doing, and giving that little reminder to reach out and say hey.

It is all of these reasons, and many other small ones that can be taken for granted as to why I choose BlackBerry and I believe in RIM.


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^ How shocking? popular phone has highest price and subsidies

BB has to offer their phone for cheap, or they don't stand a chance
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You don't to use an apple computer. iCloud does it automatically or iTunes does it (you have to check the option in sync options). It will even sync with your google account.
I prefer not to sync all my personal contacts and info with servers like Google and iCloud. The option to do so for some out there if they choose to do so is nice but should always remain an open option for end users and not a must. I prefer to sync my contacts with my computer and my computer only (not that of others online with a server).
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I prefer not to sync all my personal contacts and info with servers like Google and iCloud. The option to do so for some out there if they choose to do so is nice but should always remain an open option for end users and not a must. I prefer to sync my contacts with my computer and my computer only (not that of others online with a server).
I agree. I am starting to be uber annoyed at how Google FORCES you to share your private information with them and the rest of the world.
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BlackBerry 10

The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend played a large role in eroding RIM's (RIMM) market share. The way in which RIM has addressed the BYOD trend with BB10 OS is exactly how they will win back market share.

Let's assume for a moment that RIM has addressed with BB10 all of the shortcomings that led to it's demise:
• Apps- Launching with over 150,0000- Check

• Web Browsing experience- BB10 Launches with the Best in Class web browser -- faster than most desktop PC's- Check

• Hardware- BB10 will launch with both a full touch and a Qwerty version. They have innovated with"flick" intuitive technology that will make this typing experience Best in Class- Check

• Innovation- There are several aspects of BB10 OS that are very innovative and create a whole new user experience--one that has the efficient Corporate world in mind while at the same time addressing the "hyper connected" younger crowd. Features like Flow, Peek and Hub along with the Time Warp camera are very innovative and were designed after giving much thought to what the world wants to see in a smartphone--and to where the world is going with smartphone computing. Check

BYOD Trend
The BYOD trend is definitely taking foot all over North America. IT managers crumbled to the demands of employees who wanted "cool" phones -- and they left RIM in droves. More security conscious firms and governments have remained but that to is becoming a risk.

When RIM was developing the BB10 OS they took a good hard look at this trend and in my mind have come up with the perfect answer.

Enter BlackBerry Balance
The BlackBerry Balance feature on the new BB10 has been reported on by several analysts and tech sites as a godsend from an IT security perspective as a solution to the BYOD trend.

I would agree that any corporate IT security would love these features on a phone:

• The ability to have (2) two separate profiles on a phone. One for work and one for personal.

• A separate app world for the work profile for IT managers to force down apps or have "pre-approved" apps available for down load.

• The ability for both profiles to be fully secured and encrypted.

• The ability to remotely wipe the Work profile without touching the personal side when an employee leaves the company.

• The built in security features which prevent an employee from copying work data into a personal file/email.

• The built in security features that prevent 3rd party apps downloaded on the personal profile from integrating with the work profile.

So, all fine and dandy if you are an IT/corporate manager looking for security in the BYOD rush -- but those aren't the only ones with a say in which phones get purchased. Some companies have a list of "approved" devices for BYOD to at least minimize the management headaches associated with multiple platforms. At the end of the day, it's the individual consumer who makes the BYOD purchase decision.
What does BB10 and Balance offer the "joe average" consumer?

• If an employee chooses a phone with BB10 OS they have a phone that has the same (if not better) "bells and whistles" that Google's (GOOG) and Apple's (AAPL) iOS currently offer.

• With BB10 they have a phone that can be used as a Work Tool but at the same time has all of the functionality of a "Play or Personal phone".

• With BB10 an employee has the built in functionality that allows them to "shut off" the work profile after hours or on weekends when they don't want to be bothered by the emails and texts associated with a "Work Phone" or they can choose to have the "Unified" inbox to keep abreast of both personal and work communications --the flexibility is unlimited.

• Most importantly, by choosing a BB10 phone with the Blackberry Balance feature an employee can be secure in the knowledge that their personal profile is free from the prying eyes of their employer. They do not have to be concerned with what apps they have downloaded, what web sites they visit or what they say when sending an email or a text.

It's a win / win and a very "balanced" approach to the BYOD trend. Companies get the security they so covet and employees get the same security and "personal space" that is currently lacking in the BYOD trend.

The analysts and bloggers have always tended to look at the Balance feature from just the corporate view, however, I think we are missing the point if we don't look at it from the consumer/employee side.

Personal privacy can and will play a big role in consumer decisions for which smartphone to chose in the context of a BYOD purchase.

That option was never part of the decision making process in the past because that feature did not exist in a competitive smartphone.

With BB10 that option is now available and no other OS (Android/Windows or iOS) has that ability -- it simply cannot be done with their current architecture/OS.

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1043...the-byod-trend



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Lots of "assumptions" in this post, but this one takes the cake.

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• If an employee chooses a phone with BB10 OS they have a phone that has the same (if not better) "bells and whistles" that Google's (GOOG) and Apple's (AAPL) iOS currently offer.
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BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview Program Gives Selected Customers Opportunity to Beta Test New Platform

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) announced the BlackBerry® 10 Technical Preview program, giving selected enterprise and government customers the opportunity to begin beta testing with BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 and pre-production BlackBerry® 10 smartphones. The "by invitation" program starts today, with more than 120 select customers enrolled that span a variety of industries including financial, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, media, and distribution. The mix includes 64 Fortune 500 companies.

The technical preview program will give organizations early access to RIM's new enterprise mobility management solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, along with a limited number of pre-production BlackBerry 10 smartphones for testing within their environment.

"Beginning today, RIM will be visiting some of our enterprise and government 'early adopters' and getting them started with the BlackBerry 10 platform," said Robin Bienfait, Chief Information Officer, Research In Motion. "At RIM, we've seen the power of our new enterprise mobility management solution first-hand, and we are thrilled to share BlackBerry 10 directly with these leading organizations."

"We've been anxiously waiting to put our hands on BlackBerry 10, and the time has come," said John R. Delano, CIO, Integris Health. "BlackBerry has been a trusted partner for many years, and we're excited to see what the next generation of BlackBerry solutions offer. We know we can rely on the security and manageability that BlackBerry offers, and we're looking forward to adding fun to the list of benefits."

Customers will have first-hand experience with features such as BlackBerry® BalanceTM, the BlackBerry® Hub, the ability to seamlessly flow between core applications, the dedicated enterprise app store and the BlackBerry 10 platform's secure connectivity to behind the firewall applications and data through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

"Getting devices early into the hands of its best and largest enterprise customers confirms the confidence RIM has in its new BlackBerry 10 platform and is an important step leading-up to its launch," said Kevin Burden, Director of Mobility at Strategy Analytics. "Beyond reinforcing its commitment to those loyal to the BlackBerry platform's future, the program stands to deliver valuable real-world feedback from multiple industries before RIM takes the platform live."







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BlackBerry vs. Android & Apple

"As for growing service revenue - I know when the time comes to pay for my coffee with my phone it won't be an Android because I currently own one and know how easy it is to compromise. Try rooting a BB10.

And it won't be Apple because they missed the boat with NFC. There is also the problem of Apple continuously being hacked, as in jailbroken.

BB10 doesn't have these problems and the carriers and the banks like this – a lot. Security will be the source of that growing service revenue."


BlackBerry 10 beats Samsung Galaxy S3 (Android)

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BlackBerry vs. iPhone

• It has the BEST physical keyboard (PKB) available on a smartphone.

• AutoText / Word Substitution, it saves keystrokes, and it allows for a wide arrange of usages.

• LED & Sound profiles. Anyone who has owned a BlackBerry knows the additive nature of the LED.

• Email control! With BlackBerry one can delete emails "On Mailbox & Handheld" OR "On Handheld", This is such a little thing, but it means so much.

• Dialing phone numbers from websites/emails. Yes I know iPhone and Android can do that too, kinda. BlackBerry actually does it fully, if you see a link 555-555-5555 ext 555 BlackBerry will call 555-555-5555 pause then add 555 as the extension. iOS and Android just assume they read the number wrong and dial 555-555-5555 you are required to manually enter the extension, OR add said phone number to your address book for it to auto-dial, this little thing goes a long way in my business.

• Keyboard Short cuts. As a PKB user if you haven't taken the time to learn the Keyboard shortcuts available to you, keep returning to N4BB, there will be many Blog posts to help you maximize the usage of these powerful time savers.

• Swappable Batteries; Yes other manufacturers offer them too, and I would not really have considered this a feature if I didn't also have an iPhone, not having a swappable battery available makes me realize how important it is that BlackBerry chooses to be functional first.

• Data Compression! My BIS enabled BlackBerry with 6 email addresses including my work address and over 100 BBM contacts uses less data in 3 days when I travel than my iPhone does in a single day with only 1 email address. Paying $1/MB of data while traveling, BlackBerry has saved me money. BlackBerry does not require me to restrict my usage, I don't have to over pay for my data for fear my device will use too much.

• TrackPad. A single point for my thumb to rest and give me access to my entire screen, perfect fine detailed access for highlighting text, selecting items, going to action! You always are pressing the same location with your thumb, never making your screen smudgy or oily, never covering vital information as you reach your hand across the screen, the trackpad makes using a BlackBerry's smaller screen enjoyable. It maximizes the available real estate.

Of course this list wouldn't be complete without BBM. My social circle is comprised primarily of BlackBerry People. My best friends and family are all there at the tip of my finders in a wonderful little social network sharing pictures, voice notes, files, and videos. With BBM Music we can find and share music comment on each other's selections and have fun finding new music. BlackBerry Messenger is more than just an Instant messenger with delivered and read notifications.

BBM is a way to really feel like you're a part of each other's lives, creating groups and multi-user chats to plan things and be social, using status updates to let people know what you are feeling, or doing, and giving that little reminder to reach out and say hey.

It is all of these reasons, and many other small ones that can be taken for granted as to why I choose BlackBerry and I believe in RIM.

Blackberry devices definitely have a lot of great features but they definitely fell behind in features for international use. Google Maps,Google translate,copy/paste features on applications like Google Maps,Google Translate along with all the other popular chat applications like Whatsapp,Line,Viber and Tango made Blackberry lose market share to smartphones like the iPhone and Google based IOS smartphones.

As far as emails is concerned, any smartphone can receive emails. These days probably half the people that used emails for chatting/communicating vanished because of all the new chat applications out there. Those that receive emails are just work related now. I get emails just to receive a statement,bill or something of that nature but not for chatting really.

BBM was great for what it started out to be but quickly became old school when other chat applications like Whatsapp and Line came out.

I bought a new Bold 9900 when it came out. Was nice but I rarely used it. Sits in my drawer as a spare smartphone for use when traveling abroad and a spare phone is needed to receive local calls on local SIM card from destination departed from. Destination I am traveling to I just pop in a local SIM card with data to avoid roaming charges. While with Blackberry you either need to pay for roaming charges or set up another new BBM data account as you can not just pop in a new SIM card with a data plan and expect to use it with all BBM features. Half the BBM features then won't work while abroad. You had mentioned quite a few positive things about the BB smartphones but missed out on many of the negatives as well.
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Will be interesting to see how Google Maps will work on the new BB10 OS. This was one thing that hurt Apple and could hurt BB as well.
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BB10 offers NOTHING that a good android theme can't provide, and it's going to further alienate and confuse their existing user base... which aren't as tech savvy as they believe they are, how can they be, they're still on BlackBerry.

Plus, why are they repeating mistakes, there still is going to be two different screen sizes to accommodate a physical keyboard and touch screen. Won't that annoy the developers again? Confuse customers who can get apps on one BB model but not another, and both were released in the same year.

RIM's finished. They're not looking at all the problems and think this will solve everything that's going wrong up until now. This BB10 solution would have been ideal in 2009/2010.
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Plus, why are they repeating mistakes, there still is going to be two different screen sizes to accommodate a physical keyboard and touch screen. Won't that annoy the developers again? Confuse customers who can get apps on one BB model but not another, and both were released in the same year.
there's a lot of new resolutions from the apple and android camps. it's something that developers are going to have to deal with instead of whine about.
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there's a lot of new resolutions from the apple and android camps. it's something that developers are going to have to deal with instead of whine about.
That's a valid point you have, but we're also forgetting that both iOS and Android have huge fanbases and they will sell no matter what. Devs have to cater to them.

RIM is another story. They have been loosing marketshare quarter after quarter. They have to appease devs to make apps for them. They aren't going to do that by making it complicated for them.
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