BlackBerry CEO Chen Interview Phone Sales

Why is BlackBerry still making phones? CEO Chen gives a very smart answer

By on May 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Why is BlackBerry still making phones? CEO Chen gives a very smart answer

One reason that BlackBerry is lucky to have John Chen at the helm is that, unlike his predecessors, he’s very much grounded in reality about the state of the company. So while former CEO Thorsten Heins was known for making delusional statements about there being nothing wrong with the company even though it was in a downward spiral at the time, Chen has helped stabilize things and has forced BlackBerry to focus more on its core strengths. More →

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Classic Sale Announced

The feud between BlackBerry and T-Mobile is finally over

By on May 7, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

The feud between BlackBerry and T-Mobile is finally over

Remember when T-Mobile was trying to convert BlackBerry users to the iPhone and BlackBerry decided to end its licensing agreement with the “Un-carrier?” Well, it seems the two have patched things up because the two announced on Thursday “a new partnership to bring the BlackBerry Classic to the Un-carrier’s Data Strong network and its approximately 57 million individual and business customers.” More →

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iPhone vs BlackBerry

How do you cure iPhone addiction? With the ‘limited functionality’ of a BlackBerry

By on April 3, 2015 at 10:24 AM.

How do you cure iPhone addiction? With the ‘limited functionality’ of a BlackBerry

British politician Ed Miliband was recently looking for a way to spend less time with his head buried in his iPhone. And seeing as how the Apple Watch isn’t out yet, Miliband did the next best thing — he dropped the iPhone altogether and bought a BlackBerry.

During a recent interview with Absolute Radio, Miliband said he opted for a BlackBerry because, well, it has “limited functionality” relative to the iPhone.

Ouch.

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BlackBerry Q4 2015 Earnings

Back in BlackBerry: Scrappy mobile underdog posts surprise profit

By on March 27, 2015 at 7:24 AM.

Back in BlackBerry: Scrappy mobile underdog posts surprise profit

When John Chen took over as CEO, BlackBerry was hemorrhaging cash and in a major downward spiral. Over the past year-plus, however, Chen has helped the company get its financial act together and on Friday BlackBerry posted a surprise profit of $0.04 per share, or $0.08 more than the consensus estimate of a $0.04 loss. More →

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BlackBerry Leap Release Date

BlackBerry’s new phone is nothing special… but something much cooler is in the works

By on March 3, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

BlackBerry’s new phone is nothing special… but something much cooler is in the works

BlackBerry has mostly been concentrating on releasing phones with physical keyboards over the last year but now the company is trying to get back into the market for touch-only devices with its new BlackBerry Leap. More →

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Blackphone 2 Vs. BlackBerry Passport

World’s most secure Android phone vows to ‘replace’ and ‘dominate’ BlackBerry

By on March 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

World’s most secure Android phone vows to ‘replace’ and ‘dominate’ BlackBerry

How hard is is to “dominate” a company whose mobile platform has an estimated 0.4% of the market? Probably more difficult than Silent Circle, the company behind the security-centric Blackphone, thinks. As Gizmodo reports, Silent Circle security specialist Mike Janke was positively beating his chest at Mobile World Congress this week talking about the new Blackphone 2, which he implied spells the end of BlackBerry once and for all. More →

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BlackBerry 50 Shades Of Grey

This may be the best celebrity endorsement BlackBerry has ever received

By on February 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

This may be the best celebrity endorsement BlackBerry has ever received

Forget about Kim Kardashian and definitely, definitely forget about Alicia Keys. BlackBerry has received a ringing endorsement from author E.L. James, who wrote a good chunk of her smash hit 50 Shades of Grey on a BlackBerry phone. More →

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Why BlackBerry Is Not Dead

Where BlackBerry is still king

By on January 23, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

Where BlackBerry is still king

We’ve argued in the past that BlackBerry has an important opportunity to reestablish itself as a status symbol for corporate executives and government officials who absolutely need to have top-notch security. Business Insider’s Jim Edwards reports that that having a BlackBerry is still a big deal for many people in Davos this week, where he’s noticed that “a lot of people here are conspicuously carrying two phones: an iPhone and a Blackberry.” More →

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Net Neutrality

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

By on January 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: I think John Chen is a very smart guy who has done a terrific job leading BlackBerry out of a very bad situation so far. But on Tuesday afternoon, he penned a blog post on net neutrality that might be the single most boneheaded take on the debate I’ve ever read. More →

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Reuters: Samsung has approached BlackBerry about a possible takeover

By on January 14, 2015 at 3:57 PM.

Reuters: Samsung has approached BlackBerry about a possible takeover

Although BlackBerry has officially been off the market for more than a year now, that apparently hasn’t stopped it from getting interested suitors. Reuters‘ Jennifer Ablan is reporting that Samsung has recently approached BlackBerry about the possibility of a takeover. Specifically, Ablan reports that Samsung is willing to buy BlackBerry “for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio.” More →

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Sony Hack BlackBerry Devices

A surprising winner emerges from the Sony hack: BlackBerry

By on December 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM.

A surprising winner emerges from the Sony hack: BlackBerry

There aren’t many winners in the Sony hack but one of them might be BlackBerry. The New York Times reports that once Sony realized the massive scope of the hack, it was forced to dig up “a handful of old BlackBerrys, located in a storage room in the Thalberg basement” and give them to key executives. The reason Sony did this is because BlackBerry still has an unmatched reputation for security and their devices were the only way Sony could be sure their high-level executives’ communications remained confidential. More →

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iPhone Vs BlackBerry

iPhone lover explains what it’s like to switch back to a BlackBerry

iPhone lover explains what it’s like to switch back to a BlackBerry

By on December 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM.

BlackBerry had quite an interesting year in 2014. The company’s stock is up more than 45% on the year as investors find hope in several BlackBerry businesses. Meanwhile, smartphones have taken a backseat, with BlackBerry’s global market share plummeting to less than 1% by some counts. At the same time, Apple has had a phenomenal year, having enjoyed the biggest smartphone launch of all time as it continued to hold the title of the most valuable technology company in the world.

Interestingly, BlackBerry decided to go back to the basics in the fourth quarter this year, and it recently launched a phone it calls the “BlackBerry Classic.” While the phone does include a touchscreen and somewhat modern specs, it’s a spitting image of BlackBerry phones from before the fall.

But is a throwback to the days when physical keyboards were dominant enough to pull business away from the competition? One high-profile iPhone user made the switch, and he explained what it was like in a recent review. More →

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