Blackberry Beats Android Windows Phone

BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most

By on October 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most

One of the last places that Blackberry has a foothold over Android and Windows Phones is Capitol Hill, which just happens to be a hugely important market for the company’s future hopes.

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BlackBerry Passport Vs. iPhone 6

BlackBerry’s Chen explains why his company isn’t trying to ‘kill’ the iPhone anymore

By on October 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

BlackBerry’s Chen explains why his company isn’t trying to ‘kill’ the iPhone anymore

One of the things that is most reassuring about BlackBerry CEO John Chen compared to some of his predecessors is that he seems to have a very firm grip on reality. So unlike Jim Balsillie (“There may be 300,000 apps for the iPhone and iPad, but the only app you really need is the browser!”) and Thorsten Heins (“There’s nothing wrong with the company as it exists right now!”), Chen has always offered a frank and realistic assessment of the company’s prospects as a player in the mobile device market. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Jimmy Kimmel

Tim Allen gives the BlackBerry Passport a high-profile endorsement on Jimmy Kimmel

By on October 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Tim Allen gives the BlackBerry Passport a high-profile endorsement on Jimmy Kimmel

BlackBerry would never do anything gimmicky like pay U2 to play at its flagship phone launch… well, OK, it did sort of appoint Alicia Keys to be its creative director that one time and it did have Wayne Gretzky introduce the Passport, but those two things were totally different because there’s always something pure about what they do! The point is, BlackBerry has never really been about getting celebrity endorsements for its products, although we can’t imagine it will turn them down if they just happen to come along. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Vs. iPhone Android

BlackBerry fanboy rips into everyone for being too stupid to understand the Passport’s greatness

By on October 1, 2014 at 3:20 PM.

BlackBerry fanboy rips into everyone for being too stupid to understand the Passport’s greatness

BlackBerry unveiled its new Passport flagship smartphone last week and media reaction so far has been decidedly mixed. In particular, many reviewers took issue with the Passport’s more square design and its boxy frame that they said made the device difficult to hold. BerryFlow’s Jubei Raziel isn’t hearing any of it, however, and he’s written a long tirade that rips into both the media and the average consumer for not being smart enough to comprehend the BlackBerry Passport’s true greatness. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Launch Sales

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

By on September 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

This is by far the most depressing BlackBerry analysis you’ll read this week

BlackBerry has been looking a lot livelier lately, thanks in no small part to the 200,000 preorders the company reported for its BlackBerry Passport smartphone. While we offered a cautiously optimistic take on BlackBerry’s strategy, however The Monday Note’s Jean-Louis Gassée isn’t having any of it — in fact, he still thinks that BlackBerry CEO John Chen will have no choice but to sell the company off for parts somewhere down the line. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Vs. iPhone 6

How to dump your iPhone or Android phone for the BlackBerry Passport

By on September 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

How to dump your iPhone or Android phone for the BlackBerry Passport

Tired of hanging around with iSheep and Fandroids and want to try something new? No problem — BlackBerry has just posted a handy tip sheet for anyone who wants to dump their iPhones and Android phones for a shiny new BlackBerry Passport. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Preorders 200,000

BlackBerry has received 200,000 Passport preorders in just two days

By on September 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

BlackBerry has received 200,000 Passport preorders in just two days

Will the BlackBerry Passport prove to be BlackBerry’s big comeback device? That’s still in question but the device has definitely generated some solid early interest — per Counterpoint Research analyst Neil Shah, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said on Friday that the company has received 200,000 Passport preorders over the last two days. While those obviously aren’t Apple or Samsung-type numbers, BlackBerry doesn’t need them to be since the Passport was designed to be much more of a niche device aimed squarely at corporate power users.
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BlackBerry Earnings Q2 2015

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, crushes Wall Street’s estimates

By on September 26, 2014 at 7:15 AM.

BlackBerry reports $11 million Q2 loss, crushes Wall Street’s estimates

BlackBerry on Friday reported earnings for the fiscal second quarter of 2015, crushing Wall Street’s estimates and sending the stock soaring in pre-market trading on Friday. The struggling mobile pioneer couldn’t quite swing to a profit in the second quarter, posting a non-GAAP loss of $11 million, or $0.02 per share. Wall Street had expected a much larger loss of $0.16 per share, however, and BlackBerry’s stock shot up more than 8% as a result. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Launch Analysis

I have no idea if BlackBerry’s strategy will work… but I like it anyway

By on September 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM.

I have no idea if BlackBerry’s strategy will work… but I like it anyway

OK, let’s get something out of the way: I think the BlackBerry Passport looks utterly ridiculous. But then again, BlackBerry didn’t design the device for me and that’s not a bad thing. While watching BlackBerry’s presentation on the Passport on Wednesday, I actually came away impressed by how much the company is laser-focused on designing and selling devices to hardcore enterprise users who only want their phones to double as work devices and nothing more. More →

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BlackBerry Passport BBM Analysis

BlackBerry’s secret weapon

By on September 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

BlackBerry’s secret weapon

The new BlackBerry Passport has received some notably snarky, even sneering reviews in the United States media. The Wall Street Journal plastered a square of American cheese on top of its display to demonstrate its size. Mashable branded the square build and relatively thin keypad design downright bizarre. But interestingly enough, BlackBerry’s share price ticked up another 2.5% the device’s launch day and it has now doubled from the dark days of December 2013. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Release Date Pricing

BlackBerry officially unveils its comeback device: Meet the BlackBerry Passport

By on September 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM.

BlackBerry officially unveils its comeback device: Meet the BlackBerry Passport

The past several years have been pretty rough for BlackBerry but the company is still with us and is still releasing new handsets to the delight of its fans everywhere. On Wednesday, BlackBerry officially took the wraps off its latest flagship device — the BlackBerry Passport. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Vs. iPhone 6 Plus

BlackBerry CEO: Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, you can’t bend the Passport

By on September 24, 2014 at 9:14 AM.

BlackBerry CEO: Unlike the iPhone 6 Plus, you can’t bend the Passport

Shots have just been fired. During his big media presentation on Wednesday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen made reference to videos that showed how easy it can be to bend the iPhone 6 Plus and pledged that you will not be able to bend the new BlackBerry Passport no matter how hard you try. More →

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