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Reassembling BlackBerry – Without Making a Single Smartphone

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Anand
Anand
10/24/2013 7:09:44 AM
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Re : Something Else to Think About
If there is one thing that blackberry did not provide to its customers, it would be freedom of customization.  Now that it belongs to a new owner, we are eager to see if things will get better but as far as we all know, android managed to beat BB on applications and customization fields only so these are the major points of weakness that should be corrected.

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Toby
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10/22/2013 3:24:21 AM
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Re: Something Else to Think About
@Yep I had a Palm once also. They got too big and then to narrow and brittle to survive. I think someone rolled them into a new company. BlackBerry are soon to go the same route and frankly I am not unhappy about it.

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MobileSuze
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10/6/2013 11:19:13 AM
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Re: Keyboard change
It's a shame that Blackberry just doesn't seem to get their users. Because if they did, then they would make sure to keep the features that their users like and find useful. So really, it's definitely unfortunate.

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Horizon777
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10/5/2013 2:23:25 AM
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Keyboard change
Just yesterday I heard an executive say that he missed the old keyboard of BB that had a physical touch of buttons. By giving the keyboard a touch sense, BB has reduced a major advantage that it had over Apple and Android phones.

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Horizon777
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10/5/2013 2:12:20 AM
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Re: Something Else to Think About
Lee Allen, that's a sad finding that BB doesn't have a field on its website where users can give their feedback and suggestions or ask questions. Looks like BB hasn't still gotten out of the medieval times' sales methodology. True about the not mixing with new industry partners and techniques after being a pioneer.

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Susan Fogarty
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10/2/2013 5:03:22 PM
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Re: Something Else to Think About
Wirelessroamer, I understand what you mean, but in many businesses the pressure to introduce other types of devices is at the whim of the CEO or the president of the company. That's how IT ended up enabling all these devices on corporate networks. And also many businesses would like to exploit that and not have to purchase employees phones. But then they lose control. It's definitely a catch-22.

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Razia
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10/2/2013 1:52:55 PM
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Re: Something Else to Think About
@Netcrawl. Microsoft lagged behind expectation in mobility. In common perception, they remained hopeless compared to their counterparts. They tried to make an impact with Nokia Lumia but could be fetch good deals. That's very true that they are trying to spread their tentacles in various areas but plenary success seems to be going out its catchable reach. 

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Wirelessroamer
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10/1/2013 8:01:05 PM
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Re: Something Else to Think About
@Susan: I guess only Toby can answer that. In setting the rules for tens of thousands of "real world" Business phones I had to look at the Business needs of the companies not the whims of the employees who use their own phones at work as a privelige not a right. Historically every employee who needed a Business phone got one. I have had a business mobile since 1990. I still use a Blackberry because it is fit for Business (runs all the business Apps I need)  and have a personal iPhone which I am careful not to use for work because it is not fit ...... It is too soon or maybe too late, depending how it turns out to see if the Blackberry Fusion option to run Android and Apple Apps on the BB platform makes a difference.

An interesting twist I found out today in a UK Government meeting was that BB are the most popular phone amongst the Bums and Homeless because BBM runs without credit on the phone... I'll have to remember that :-)

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Netcrawl
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10/1/2013 7:36:12 PM
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Re: Something Else to Think About
@Susan I belive Microsoft is making some good progress when it comes to apps, they're in the process of rebuilding their resources. With Nokia at their belly, things just get better for Microsoft. Imagine the combined strengths of the two companies- the scale and reach. 

Microsoft is also getting bigger in enterprise world. They got a cloud-based services- Azure and more, I'm not seeing any slowdown here, it seem that the company is moving fast, they taking share from BlackBerry.

 

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Susan Fogarty
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10/1/2013 2:18:47 PM
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Re: Something Else to Think About
I'm wondering if Toby meant that in the "real world" clients he deals with, the end-user demand is not there for BlackBerry devices, so they are simply not a choice for these companies. If they wanted to deliver very secure mobility, they would need to provide every employee with a BlackBerry, and then a lot of users would also have a personal phone, ending up in the multiple phone situation. I think what people really want is apps, and both BlackBerry and Windows are not living up to that, so users are not really able to utilize one secure device for home and work.

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