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Old 07-05-2013, 12:18 AM
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Lol.. They sponsored someone that ended up winning. When Blackberry first started off they had the edge over their competitors in the smartphone market but when their competitors progressed in hardware,design and features (while Blackberry just sat there) Blackberry ended up losing customers to their competitors.

Blackberry could actually succeed and do quite well if they had the right guy in marketing and design. I think that if they released proper smartphones for proper customers they would succeed.
If I was in charge of management at Blackberry I would design and release a smartphone similar to the one the just released (Q10) but with a better camera,better processor,better speaker and redesign the OS so that privacy features worked better. In doing this I would design the hardware to have flash drives on it and run like Windows Parallels but to where the security encryptions between the two flash drives would not allow any applications to access any other applications or information for the other flash drive. The information on flash A would be for contacts,mail,pictures,SMS messages and call logs. The other last drive which we call flash B will allow applications to be installed on it. The applications installed on flash B would not have any access to flash A via high security encryption. Blackberry is supposed to be good at stuff like this and yet they did not manage to create something like this for end users. People care about privacy and security these days.

Their old OS was quite good and safe along with good security measurements in place. I would have left that on flash A and then ran something like a Google OS on Flash B. They make smartphones that can run 2 SIM cards at once and computers that can run two Operating Systems at once so surely they can design a mart phone to do the same. This way you have your basics secure on one side and your multimedia along with chat applications on the other flash drive.


I would do this on two devices like the Z10 and Q10. Would design it with the new Qualcomm 800 Snapdragon in it. If they got their s h i t together they actually could succeed but the guys over at Blackberry are about as naive as MCSL is in this thread. To succeed you must be better than your competition and competitors.

The Z10 is not a high multimedia device and the Q10 is not a safe smartphone so you have two failures here. They got neither of the two smartphones right. Specs wise,feature wise and security wise is where they failed.


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Something similar to this as an example. Can be done but needs one with a brain to get it done. I am sure it would sell quite well.

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BlackBerry Q5 Launch in UK

It's not just the fun look and perfectly sized BlackBerry® Keyboard that makes the BlackBerry® Q5 a great phone, it's also got great software. From its camera's BlackBerry® Time Shift mode to BBM™ Video and Screen Share, there are awesome features everywhere.

Modern, fun styling and amazing screen.
With its smooth edges and glossy finish, the BlackBerry® Q5 looks modern and sleek. Lightweight and very slim, it's also easy to carry around and will slot into any pocket or handbag. When it comes to watching YouTube videos or looking at your favorite websites, the 3.1" screen is perfect. The sharp resolution of 720x720 means that high quality images and videos look amazing, and because it uses LCD display technology, the colors are super realistic.

BlackBerry's classic keyboard has evolved.
The classic BlackBerry® Keyboard has been re-engineered and elegantly designed to sit perfectly in the middle of your BlackBerry® Q5. It makes it easy to type fast, accurately and with the least amount of effort. Plus, with Instant Actions, it allows you to type and perform tasks faster by using shortcuts – press a key on the QWERTY keyboard to find apps, instantly reply to emails and more.

Perfect pictures: Time Shift mode and BlackBerry® Story Maker.
Having trouble getting the perfect photo? Time Shift mode captures milliseconds before as well as after you press the capture button, so you can pinpoint and adjust the exact moment of your picture to create the perfect shot. Simply scroll back and forth on the dial to 'open' one friend's eyes and catch your other friend smiling - then combine it all into the same image. Once you're done you can use Story Maker to weave those moments together to create a movie in just a couple of swipes, then share with the world – you can even choose your own music.

See who you're talking to: BBM Video with Screen Share.
With BBM™ Video you can share easily and be seen by whoever you're talking to. Switch your BBM™ chat to a BBM™ Video conversation with just a tap and catch up face-to-face. Share anything you like, from photos, your favorite webpage, perhaps a short film – make the sharing experience more personal and direct with the new Screen Share on BBM. You can even show a contact the view from your camera*.

Discover and share your apps, music and videos in BlackBerry® World.
With the new BlackBerry® World™ storefront, you'll see apps recommended just for you, based on what you've downloaded in the past. Once you choose an app you can share your most recent discovery – it's quick and simple. In fact, sharing to a social networking takes just a couple of swipes or gestures.

Messaging made faster with BlackBerry® Hub.
You're in the middle of watching a video or browsing the web when you see the blinking red light. Now you don't have to stop what you're doing and restart an app. You can peek into the BlackBerry® Hub from any app or screen with a swipe to effortlessly flow in and out of your messages and conversations. It stores and displays notifications and messages from everywhere, including wall posts, friend requests, Twitter™ mentions, new followers, and of course emails and texts.

If you're looking for a great messaging and social networking device with intuitive software and a brilliant physical QWERTY keyboard at a great price, the BlackBerry® Q5 is your winner.

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CNN Money - End may be near for BlackBerry


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UK SHOCKER: BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK IS OUTSELLING THE NEW IPAD

British electronics distribution specialist Context dropped a bit of a bombshell on Tuesday by claiming that Research In Motion's (RIM) PlayBook tablet outsold Apple's latest iPad during the last two months of the 2012. Of course, Apple (AAPL) has its own retail stores in the UK where most in-store sales likely occur, but the sales channels monitored by Context still make up most of the electronics distribution in the UK.

According to Context, the PlayBook shifted 160,000 units and the latest-generation iPad 113,000 units over the Christmas period, giving RIM a fairly substantial lead. All iPad models combined sold 203,000 units. Of course it's important to note that the recommended retail price of the PlayBook was £129 while the fourth-generation iPad starts at £399, but this data emphasizes an important shift in the market.

The PlayBook's strong channel performance is only the latest sign of how rapidly the cheap tablets are gaining market share in the UK - last week, sales updates from Argos and Carphone Warehouse stressed the same theme.

Interestingly, The Register points out that one of the reasons for the strong PlayBook sales may be the big profit margin RIM offers for retailers for pushing its tablet. This could very well be a strategy RIM will also employ when it launches its new BlackBerry phones in the UK, possibly within one week.

The new BlackBerry handsets also have a shot at redemption. British consumers have always been the most pro-RIM people in Europe by a fairly large margin; BlackBerry smartphones' market share topped 20% in the UK two years ago.

"Sub-£300 devices accounted for 76 per cent of shipments," Context mobile guru Salman Chaudhry said. "A year ago it was 43 per cent. There has been a complete shift in the channel.

"It's a price-driven market, but never was before. The quality of many tablets is as good as the iPad but half the price, and they have a decent software ecosystem too. It's come a long way in a year."

How's that working out for you MCSL?

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How's that working out for you MCSL?

BlackBerry Finally Puts the PlayBook Out of Its Misery
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How's that working out for you MCSL?

BlackBerry Finally Puts the PlayBook Out of Its Misery
Who is still dumb enough to buy a Playbook these days?

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Blackberry Q10

If you prefer a phone with a physical keyboard, the BlackBerry Q10 is the one to get. Actually, it's really the only choice you have among the latest crop of smartphones.

Even still, the Q10 is a solid pick – not just for its keyboard but its clever hub that unifies your inbox, smart multitasking, a camera that lets you fast-forward and rewind through time and the ability to video chat and screen share right from within BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

All you care about is a fast and accurate typing, you say? No problem. The following are some little-known tricks to help you master the QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry Q10.

Fast-track
Rather than finding and opening an app, you can expedite tasks by simply starting to type. For example, type "mail," "text" or "BBM," followed by the person you want to write and it'll start the message for you. Also try "Facebook," or "tweet," followed by some text. Neat, huh?

Predictive text
The BlackBerry Q10 will try to guess what word you're typing and will show you the suggestions on the screen, just above the physical keyboard. Simply tap the word you want – and it'll learn about words you use the most and will start offering those more. Similarly, it will also suggest the next word you want to type in a sentence.

Add punctuation
Here's a time-saving shortcut not everyone knows about - To insert a period (.) at the end of the sentence, simply press the spacebar twice. The next letter will also be capitalized. Similarly, press the spacebar when typing out an email address and I'll place an "at sign" (@) where you need it.

Language tweaks
Parlez vous francais? To type an accented character – perhaps for French, Spanish or Portuguese -- press and hold the letter that you want to add the accent to. When accented characters appear above the keyboard, tap the accented character that you want to type. Easy, n'est pas?

Change case
To type an uppercase letter – such as "A" instead of "a" – simply press and hold the letter in question. Alternatively, tap the Up arrow, followed by the letter. Press ALT and the Up arrow for CAPS LOCK. Yes, this worked with the older BlackBerry smartphones, too.

Press and hold 0
While it's not quite Siri, BlackBerry Q10 does offer a feature called Voice Control. You probably know pressing and holding the number 1 will dial your voicemail, but pressing and holding the 0 (zero) button will let you use your voice to give your smartphone some instructions, such as "Call mom" or "Add a calendar entry," or you can ask your phone a question, such as "What is the capital of Michigan" (answer: Lansing).

Copy and Paste
Highlight what you want to copy. Then you hold your finger on it till a menu appears on the right side of the screen. If you hover your finger over those icons, they will reveal what they are. One of them was copy, another was paste.

BB-Computer File Transfer
With BB Link closed, you can plug your Q10 or Z10 into your PC, open "my computer" on desktop and find the Blackberry drives. They will show as an external drive and will have both the device and the SD Card showing. Open them up (expand them) and open the file you want and you can drag and drop any file from your PC or Dropbox to your device with out syncing anything.

For instance, say you want to move some pictures from your desktop to your phone, you can drag the pics or videos from your PC to your SD card with one quick motion. Same goes for work docs, Excel spread sheets, PDF's, etc--anything. Then when you go to your file mgr in your device you can further edit them or move them around. Dragging and dropping is the simplest way to move files of any kind to your device and/or SD Card.




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New Offer: Purchase a BlackBerry 10 Smartphone and Receive 2 Free Multi-platform BES10 Licenses

Our License Migration program is still ongoing, allowing you to trade up your older BES licenses to BES10 licenses, but today we're introducing a brand new (and limited time) offer. When you activate a new BlackBerry 10 smartphone on your BES10 server between July 1st, 2013 and August 31st, 2013, you'll be eligible to receive two BES10 EMM Corporate v10.1 perpetual Client Access Licenses at no additional cost. These two licenses can be used to manage BlackBerry 10, Apple iOS, and Android devices from the single administration console of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

This is a great chance for you to put BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to the test by managing both your new BlackBerry 10 smartphone as well as a device being brought into work with your two CALs. BES10 is designed from the ground up to help you solve the challenges that accompany a BYOD workplace.

How to take advantage of the offer
Head over to www.blackberry.com/licenseoffer to pre-register. You'll then be notified by email once the program site has launched with the device validation form in the coming weeks. This is a great opportunity to get up and running with BES10 to manage the BlackBerry, Apple iOS, and Android devices that your employees are bringing in to work.

Once we get in touch and the validation is available, you'll need to submit the PIN or IMEI of the eligible BlackBerry 10 smartphones. You can submit as many as you'd like and will then be issued two CALs per device maximum. While the smartphones need to have been purchased between July 1st and August 31st, you'll have until September 15th, 2013 to submit the PINs or IMEIs in order to be considered for the promotion. Once you've done so, we'll be in touch via e-mail with instructions on how to claim your CALs. Additional Terms and Conditions do apply; see the web site for details.

A great time to upgrade from BES Express to BES10
With the 60-day free trial of BES10 and free CALs when you activate a BlackBerry 10 smartphone, timing hasn't been better to supercharge your enterprise mobility management capabilities with little risk or cost. Get your business organized by managing BlackBerry, Apple iOS, and Android smartphones and tablets.

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HTC reported disappointing second quarter results, while Samsung gave disappointing guidance. This indicates the weakness in BlackBerry’s results were not a company-specific issue, but an industry-wide trend.

HTC reported profit that fell 83% year-over-year, despite launching its flagship HTC One. Meanwhile, Samsung’s guidance for the quarter missed modest expectations, sending the shares down more than 3% on Friday. In fact, Samsung’s share price has fallen 17% since early June.

In comparison, BlackBerry reported revenues that increased 15% sequentially from the previous quarter, and rose 9% over the same quarter last year. While BlackBerry’s results were a setback, HTC and Samsung have shown that they are all facing an industry-wide slow-down in the high-end smartphone segment, likely caused by high penetration rates and high price points.

Samsung has more than 30% of the global smartphone market by sales in the first quarter, according to IDC, but it as well as rivals HTC, BlackBerry and Apple all face a maturing market for their high-end devices. With BlackBerry, HTC and now Samsung having posted earnings in the last week, all three have reported weaker-than expected results in the second quarter of 2013, says analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital markets.

“The higher-end portion of the smartphone market has hit a wall due to high penetration rates and high price points,” he said. Smartphone ownership in the United States and Europe is getting close to 60%, squeezing out the opportunity to find new buyers of pricier smartphones, and exacerbated by the trend for mobile operators to cut subsidies on these phones.

Apple is widely expected to combat the problem with a cheaper, $350-$400 iPhone aimed at developing markets like China, where subscribers to devices with 3G connections grew 85% year-on-year in May, according to Topeka’s White, but still only represent 26.6% of China’s wireless subscribers.

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Carriers slashing BlackBerry Z10 by 75 percent in PlayBook-like fiasco



In a move similar to BlackBerry’s disastrous PlayBook tablet, carriers and resellers started slashing the price of the Z10 smartphone, launched only months ago. Carriers AT&T and Verizon cut the all-touch handset to $99 from $199. Best Buy and Amazon now sell the device for $49.

Such deep discounts are usually a tell-tale sign of lackluster response (to put it mildly). The Z10 hit US shores on March 22 with a tall order of turning the BlackBerry around and saving the once mighty Canadian vendor from oblivion…

While discounts are commonly used to sell older devices ahead of a new product launch, the move by carriers and retailers “suggest the phone isn’t selling well,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

Following last week’s shareholders meeting, speculation swirled that BlackBerry could be sold for scraps, prompting the start of a death watch.
In a statement, BlackBerry defended the price cuts, calling it the right time to adjust the price” as it took the wraps off its new Q10 handset, which offers users a real keyboard.

The spokesman by email also told the Journal that the lower prices were “just one element of our marketing strategy” in what he termed “a very competitive landscape.”

CEO Thorsten Heins has described the U.S. smartphone market as “ferocious.”

Indeed, the market for smartphones nowadays seems to mostly revolve around the iOS-Android duopoly, with Microsoft fighting to become a viable #3 entrant.
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Carriers slashing BlackBerry Z10 by 75 percent in PlayBook-like fiasco



In a move similar to BlackBerry's disastrous PlayBook tablet, carriers and resellers started slashing the price of the Z10 smartphone, launched only months ago. Carriers AT&T and Verizon cut the all-touch handset to $99 from $199. Best Buy and Amazon now sell the device for $49.

Such deep discounts are usually a tell-tale sign of lackluster response (to put it mildly). The Z10 hit US shores on March 22 with a tall order of turning the BlackBerry around and saving the once mighty Canadian vendor from oblivion….

While discounts are commonly used to sell older devices ahead of a new product launch, the move by carriers and retailers "suggest the phone isn't selling well," reports the Wall Street Journal.

Following last week's shareholders meeting, speculation swirled that BlackBerry could be sold for scraps, prompting the start of a death watch.
In a statement, BlackBerry defended the price cuts, calling it "the right time to adjust the price" as it took the wraps off its new Q10 handset, which offers users a real keyboard.

The spokesman by email also told the Journal that the lower prices were "just one element of our marketing strategy" in what he termed "a very competitive landscape."

CEO Thorsten Heins has described the U.S. smartphone market as "ferocious."

Indeed, the market for smartphones nowadays seems to mostly revolve around the iOS-Android duopoly, with Microsoft fighting to become a viable #3 entrant.
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BlackBerry visits Washington, D.C. for another round of Appy Hour events

We’re launching a new set of BlackBerry Beyond Work happy hours in the coming weeks – be sure to attend if you’re in the Washington, D.C. area!

• Thursday, July 18th from 5-7pm at Bullfeathers (410 First St. SE Washington, D.C. 20003)

• Thursday, July 25th from 5-7pm at Sine Irish Pub (1301 S. Joyce St Arlington, VA 22202)


In late May, BlackBerry hosted two “Appy Hour” events in Washington, D.C. to showcase the BlackBerry Z10. Hundreds of D.C. workers came to local pubs near the Pentagon and the National Mall to try out the new device. We were on hand to show off the many new features of BlackBerry 10 – BlackBerry Balance, in particular.

The BlackBerry Z10 was a big hit with the government workers in attendance, many of whom expressed a strong desire for their agencies to upgrade. Attendees remarked that the phone was “solid” and “great,” while others thanked BlackBerry for the fun experience.

Our BlackBerry Balance Demo team was present to show off BlackBerry Balance, one of the defining features of the BlackBerry Z10 experience. Sporting attire that was half business and half casual, our team demonstrated how BlackBerry 10 keeps work information secure and separate from personal apps and data, creating a seamless, balanced experience.


One reason BlackBerry 10 is such a great solution for government employees, IT admins, and internal policy makers is the BlackBerry Balance feature, which keeps personal and work data separate. Key features that make BlackBerry 10 the best option for government include:

Secure separation of government and personal data
• Privileged information is secure and separate from personal employee information
• Through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, businesses can seamlessly manage and curate a corporate app storefront — BlackBerry World for Work — within the BlackBerry Balance Work Space to push and install mandatory apps and publish recommended apps to both corporate and BYOD users

BlackBerry 10 supports IT policy protection
• Employees will receive alerts when they take actions that conflict with internal policies
• BlackBerry Balance is designed to restrict third-party applications, like social media platforms, from accessing government data, and it helps to prevent copy-and-pasting from government assets to personal apps

Secure data with role-based administration
• In the event of a potential security breach, admins can remotely wipe all privileged data associated with the government agency and cut off the device from the office’s BlackBerry server. Personal information and apps remain intact.

We shared demos with hundreds of D.C. workers, encouraging them to jump into the unified experience of the BlackBerry 10 platform. Responses were positive and everyone involved had a lot of fun giving BlackBerry Balance on BlackBerry 10 a try. Our favorite consistent response: “So I don’t have to carry two phones anymore? Great!”

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HTC reported disappointing second quarter results, while Samsung gave disappointing guidance. This indicates the weakness in BlackBerry’s results were not a company-specific issue, but an industry-wide trend.

HTC reported profit that fell 83% year-over-year, despite launching its flagship HTC One. Meanwhile, Samsung’s guidance for the quarter missed modest expectations, sending the shares down more than 3% on Friday. In fact, Samsung’s share price has fallen 17% since early June.

In comparison, BlackBerry reported revenues that increased 15% sequentially from the previous quarter, and rose 9% over the same quarter last year. While BlackBerry’s results were a setback, HTC and Samsung have shown that they are all facing an industry-wide slow-down in the high-end smartphone segment, likely caused by high penetration rates and high price points.

Samsung has more than 30% of the global smartphone market by sales in the first quarter, according to IDC, but it as well as rivals HTC, BlackBerry and Apple all face a maturing market for their high-end devices. With BlackBerry, HTC and now Samsung having posted earnings in the last week, all three have reported weaker-than expected results in the second quarter of 2013, says analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital markets.

“The higher-end portion of the smartphone market has hit a wall due to high penetration rates and high price points,” he said. Smartphone ownership in the United States and Europe is getting close to 60%, squeezing out the opportunity to find new buyers of pricier smartphones, and exacerbated by the trend for mobile operators to cut subsidies on these phones.

Apple is widely expected to combat the problem with a cheaper, $350-$400 iPhone aimed at developing markets like China, where subscribers to devices with 3G connections grew 85% year-on-year in May, according to Topeka’s White, but still only represent 26.6% of China’s wireless subscribers.

http://www.thegadgetmasters.com/2013...ncial-results/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyols...es-hit-a-wall/


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yet my nokia shares is still next to worthless
Sorry to hear. Get rid of them while you still can. Put the money into the USD/YEN and short the YEN. You will make up your losses there.

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BlackBerry saw 40% jump in sales after exchange offer in India

In coming months BlackBerry will be launching smartphones at various price points based on BlackBerry OS 7 and 10.

Sometime back to catalyze the uptake of BlackBerry Z10 among consumers BlackBerry had introduced exchange offer and it has resulted in 40 per cent increase in sales of the flagship smartphone.

Under the scheme, one can exchange his or her older smartphone for the BlackBerry Z10 and get discount between Rs 3,000 to Rs 11,000 on Z10.

Sunil Lalvan, managing director for India, BlackBerry, said to The Mobile Indian, "We got a tremendous response to exchange offer on BlackBerry Z10 from consumers. BlackBerry saw a 40 per cent jump in sales as a result of it".

He added that BlackBerry is still evaluating whether to extend the same offer to BlackBerry Q10 and Q5 or not.

Like the BlackBerry Q10, Q5 also has Type and Go function that makes typing easier. For instance, if users want to send an email to someone in the phonebook they just need to type 'Email' followed by the contact's name and the device gives the option instantly.

Here are excerpt of the interaction we did with Sunil Lalvan on the sidelines of the launch event of Blackberry Q5 in Delhi.

Q: Does BlackBerry plan to launch smartphones in sub Rs 15,000 category?
A: In coming months we will be launching smartphones at various price points on BlackBerry OS 7 and 10. Right now, I cannot confirm the exact price brackets in which BlackBerry smartphones will be made available.

Q: Do we foresee increase in the price of BlackBerry Z10 or Q10 because of rupee depreciation.
A: No, BlackBerry will not pass on the burden to consumers. We will absorb it.

Q: What is happening on the BlackBerry Maps for India?
A: BlackBerry consumers in India will get BlackBerry Maps within next two months.

http://www.themobileindian.com/news/...offer-in-India








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Nokia recently announced their last quarter financial results. The results revealed that Nokia shipped 7.4 million Lumias last quarter, which is more than BlackBerry sold out of their entire device portfolio. A year ago, BlackBerry was selling about two phones for every one Nokia Lumia. However, Nokia is still struggling to turn a profit and return to past fortunes.

While the mass media will be quick to run with this report, allow us to remind you that BlackBerry earns more profit per device than Nokia Lumia. For each BlackBerry Z10 sold, it is estimated that it would take three Nokia Lumias sold to match the profit.

BlackBerry apparently even “still makes 20% more per legacy BlackBerry 7 device than Nokia does for their new Windows Phone 8 Lumias.”

Corporate customers - who make up a large part of the BlackBerry customer base - often go through a multi-month testing phase before rolling out new devices. These corporate BlackBerry 10 rollouts may begin in the current quarter, but they are not likely to gain steam until the fall.

The comparison of 7.4 million Lumias to 6.8 million BlackBerrys is pretty much useless. Why? Well, this is the 7th quarter of Lumia shipments while it’s barely the 2nd quarter of BlackBerry 10 shipments. And obviously the Q10 has had nearly no effect on BlackBerry’s latest numbers because of the timing of its launch relative to quarter end. In addition, the Q5 hadn’t even shipped by the time the quarter ended. So we really need to see what the next couple of quarters bring.

Microsoft booked a large write-off to its Surface RT business after it slashed prices on the tablets to stimulate demand this week. Its quarterly earnings results also showed that Windows 8 has been so poorly received that it contributed to a revenue drop in its operating system software unit.

Google Inc reported second-quarter results short of Wall Street's estimates as weakening prices for the Internet company's ads and widening losses from its Motorola mobile phone business weighed on the bottom line.

http://n4bb.com/nokia-lumias-outsold...-earns-device/

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1355...ree-wp8-lumias

http://crackberry.com/nokia-really-o...es-it-all-mean

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...writedown.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...p-results.html

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As well as using a BlackBerry as my primary device I have also used dozens of Android and Windows phones as well as owning the Apple iPhone 4, so I'm more than familiar with the on-screen keyboard options out there, but I just couldn't not use my BlackBerry as my primary device. I think it was a combination of it being the best communication device as well as having the hardware keyboard. In fact, even before my time with BlackBerry I was a long term keyboard lover. I used the Palm Treo and several Samsung Windows Mobiles all with hardware QWERTY's.

But let's bring it back to BlackBerry 10. I got the Z10 in mid January 2013 and of course it was like a breath of fresh air having a new operating system along with new hardware. Switching from my BlackBerry Bold 9900 was initially a bit of a shock when it came to typing, but like most things in life you soon adjust. Going from a hardware keyboard to a on-screen one is a big step as far as I'm concerned, but within a day or two I was flying around the Z10 and with its awesome spell corrections and predictions it didn't take me too long to type faster on the Z10 than I could on the 9900.

So as things stand now I have three BlackBerry 10 smartphones. However hard I try I just keep on going back to the Z10. For me it isn't necessarily about the screen real estate but more the typing experience. Sure, there are pro's and con's for all devices - such as typing while walking is much easier on the Q10/Q5 than it is on the Z10, but I just find the whole on-screen experience better for me. Take me back a year and I never thought I would say that, but BlackBerry have done such a superb job of the Z10 keyboard that it's my addiction. In fact, I would go as far as to say that it’s so much better than typing on other operating system too and I can say that from experience.

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BlackBerry Z10 OS 10.1 Update

http://support.verizonwireless.com/s...kberryz10.html

http://support.verizonwireless.com/p...kberry-z10.pdf

http://support.verizonwireless.com/p...structions.pdf



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New BlackBerry 9720 (OS 7.1) – The best low-cost QWERTY smartphone

Many legacy BlackBerry devices in emerging markets cannot be upgraded to OS7. Hence the need for a new phone that is cheaper to build and one that can be deployed in corporate situations where BES10 is not ready.

The Q5 is still too expensive for the low-cost smartphone market. A phone like this is required to hold on to BlackBerry's share in 3G markets that offer cheap unlimited BIS plans and BBM.

The latest OS7 combines BB7 and BB10 features.

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New BlackBerry 9720 (OS 7.1) – The best low-cost QWERTY smartphone

Many legacy BlackBerry devices in emerging markets cannot be upgraded to OS7. Hence the need for a new phone that is cheaper to build and one that can be deployed in corporate situations where BES10 is not ready.

The Q5 is still too expensive for the low-cost smartphone market. A phone like this is required to hold on to BlackBerry's share in 3G markets that offer cheap unlimited BIS plans and BBM.
Blackberry Struggles

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Apparently BlackBerry is unfortunately continuing its slide into irrelevance, as the company's market share for the second quarter of this year slipped to a mere 1.1 percent.

Research firm Kantar Worldpanel revealed that BlackBerry's numbers were down from the same period last year, when the company accounted for 4% of the U.S. market share. These disappointing numbers come despite the fact that Q2 marked the first full quarter in which BlackBerry's Z10 flagship was on shelves, as well as the launch of the QWERTY-equipped Q10.

To put BlackBerry's numbers into perspective, Apple's share of smartphone sales saw a boost from 39.2 to 42.5 percent year over year, while Android faltered slightly to drop from 52.6 to 51.5 percent. Windows Phone, meanwhile, continues trail mightily with only 4 percent market share.
They are fading away... 1.1% is horrible

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Re: Some pretty sick new Blackberry Concepts out

I have not seen one person yet using a Blackberry here in Tokyo,Ginza and Shinjuku over the last few days that I have been in Japan and I have seen quite a few people


Japan must be one of their worst markets for BlackBerry sales.

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They are fading away... 1.1% is horrible
They are targeting the poor in developing countries now for basic chat needs so they are introducing more lower end smartphones with lower specs to compete with other smartphone manufacturers.

I have a Bold 9900 smartphone that I keep as a spare smartphone when traveling abroad just so I do not miss local calls when I am abroad.


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