BlackBerry Messenger In-App Purchase

Now we know how BlackBerry will make (some) money with BBM

By on February 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Now we know how BlackBerry will make (some) money with BBM

Getting a popular messaging app is one thing — monetizing it is another. BlackBerry has already said that selling ads on BlackBerry Messenger will be at least one part of its strategy to make money from BBM and on Friday the company announced another part: stickers. Stickers are basically little cartoon characters that replace the traditional emoticons in your BBM chats and make them more colorful and expressive. Interested buyers will be able to find stickers in the BBM Shop, a new in-app mobile store that’s currently in beta. In a lot of ways the stickers sound like in-app purchases that free-to-play mobile games have become fond of using as a way to generate extra cash, although hopefully BlackBerry is smart enough to avoid some of the mistakes that EA and other companies have made when implementing such a system.

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Air Force Dumps BlackBerry

BlackBerry to Air Force: You’ll regret dumping us for iOS, Android

By on February 21, 2014 at 1:31 PM.

BlackBerry to Air Force: You’ll regret dumping us for iOS, Android

The S.S. BlackBerry keeps springing leaks when it comes to its business with the United States military. Just over a week after the United States Army placed an order for 7,000 Samsung phones that will be used to replace legacy BlackBerry devices, CrackBerry reports that the U.S. Air Force has similarly ordered 5,000 iPhones that will also replace older BlackBerry phones. Even worse, CrackBerry says that this is just the start and that all Air Force staff will have their BlackBerry devices replaced with iOS and Android devices at some point in the future. More →

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How Much Is BBM Worth

BBM could be worth $2.5 billion to BlackBerry

By on February 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

BBM could be worth $2.5 billion to BlackBerry

We’re now starting to get a good idea of how much BlackBerry Messenger could be worth to BlackBerry. Now that WhatsApp has been bought for $16 billion and Viber has been bought for $900 million, we’ve got a basic floor and ceiling for BBM’s value, although the messaging service is probably much closer to Viber than it is to WhatsApp. More →

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Facebook WhatsApp Deal BBM

WhatsApp deal a reminder of another missed BlackBerry opportunity

By on February 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM.

WhatsApp deal a reminder of another missed BlackBerry opportunity

Facebook’s stunning $16 billion purchase of WhatsApp is both good news and bad news for BlackBerry. On the good news side, it means that the company’s popular BlackBerry Messenger service suddenly looks a lot more valuable than what many people had once thought — this explains why BlackBerry shares are trading significantly higher on the day after the Facebook-WhatsApp announcement. More →

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$250 T-Mobile BlackBerry Trade-In Program

BlackBerry passion pays off: T-Mobile gives fans $250 to upgrade… to BlackBerry

By on February 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM.

BlackBerry passion pays off: T-Mobile gives fans $250 to upgrade… to BlackBerry

T-Mobile wants peace with BlackBerry fans and BlackBerry itself, which were both enraged in recent days by the carrier’s recent marketing push that offered a cheaper iPhone upgrade for subscribers ditching their old BlackBerry devices. Following the duel between BlackBerry CEO John Chen and T-Mobile’s chief John Legere, the carrier said that “the passion we’ve seen from the BlackBerry Loyal over the past couple days has been pretty amazing” and that it heard fans. Thus, T-Mobile has quickly adapted its special upgrade plan created for BlackBerry’s faithful buyers, to better meet their needs.

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BlackBerry-Windermere-2

BlackBerry’s Top Secret Phone Revealed

BlackBerry’s Top Secret Phone Revealed

By on February 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM.

BlackBerry has been working on a top secret phone internally code-named Windermere, and BGR has learned exclusive details about this peculiar smartphone from multiple trusted sources. For starters, the phone is much wider than any other BlackBerry, and there are some reasons why. The keyboard is not just a regular BlackBerry keyboard — it features three rows of keys instead of the traditional four and all of the keys are touch sensitive. Think of the keyboard app Swype on Android to get an idea of what we mean and how you can use this keyboard.

The keys are physical keys that you can press and type on, but you can also swipe gestures over them and this is how you would access numbers, symbols, accent keys and more. It works very much like how the BlackBerry Z10 and Z30 onscreen keyboards function.

Additionally, because the display and phone are so much wider than any previous models, we are told BlackBerry has toyed with the idea of letting users run two apps on screen simultaneously side by side.

BlackBerry is currently working with a large partner that is interested in the Windermere. We have heard rumors about this partner, but have not been able to confirm with a second source the company BlackBerry is working with. We are told the device would be manufactured and make it out of the prototype phase only if the partner decides to move forward with the phone.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Feud Legere

Legere burns BlackBerry with a brutal MySpace comparison

By on February 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM.

Legere burns BlackBerry with a brutal MySpace comparison

Uh-oh. It looks like T-Mobile CEO John Legere is tired of playing nice with BlackBerry and has issued a not-so-subtle dig at the smartphone pioneer on his Twitter feed. In a message posted on Wednesday, Legere said that he “was going to engage John Chen on Twitter, but turns out he’s not here.” So instead, Legere said that he would “check MySpace” to see if Chen still has an account there. The MySpace reference is particularly brutal since both MySpace and BlackBerry dominated their respective industries last decade and have now been driven to dire straits by competing products and services. More →

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BlackBerry Lawsuit Typo Keyboard

Battle between BlackBerry and Ryan Seacrest’s keyboard company begins

By on February 19, 2014 at 3:45 PM.

Battle between BlackBerry and Ryan Seacrest’s keyboard company begins

Reviewers love Ryan Seacrest’s Typo keyboard for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5. BlackBerry, not so much. BlackBerry announced last month that it was finally taking on its biggest threat — Ryan Seacrest — and filing a lawsuit against the company behind the Typo keyboard, an iPhone accessory that adds a BlackBerry-like keyboard to Apple’s latest iPhones. Now, Reuters reports that Typo Products has filed a motion with the court claiming that BlackBerry is off base and the Typo iPhone keyboard accessory doesn’t violate any of the vendor’s patents. Typo’s filing asks the court to rule that no patents have been infringed, declare all of BlackBerry’s claims invalid, and dismiss the case immediately.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry iPhone Promotion

BlackBerry CEO rips T-Mobile for trying to get his customers to buy iPhones

By on February 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM.

BlackBerry CEO rips T-Mobile for trying to get his customers to buy iPhones

You wouldn’t like BlackBerry CEO John Chen when he’s angry. Ever since Chen took over as BlackBerry’s CEO he’s taken an aggressive stance against anyone who disrespects his company, whether they’re smarty-pants bloggers or Ryan Seacrest. Now Chen is calling out wireless carrier T-Mobile, which angered BlackBerry fans recently by sending them targeted promotions encouraging them to switch to Apple’s iPhone. More →

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T-Mobile iPhone Promotion

Enraged BlackBerry fans attack T-Mobile CEO after carrier told them to switch to iPhones

By on February 17, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Enraged BlackBerry fans attack T-Mobile CEO after carrier told them to switch to iPhones

There may not be nearly as many BlackBerry diehards as there once were but those who have stuck with the company have a fanatical devotion to it not seen since Mac users circa 1995. There’s something about seeing their favorite products in grave danger that has really united the remaining BlackBerry super fans and if you do anything to upset them or make them feel disrespected they will let you know about it very loudly. More →

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BlackBerry Z3 Photos

Leaked images show BlackBerry’s unreleased ‘Jakarta’ phone for the first time

By on February 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Leaked images show BlackBerry’s unreleased ‘Jakarta’ phone for the first time

BlackBerry’s first next-generation smartphone co-developed with original device manufacturer giant Foxconn has seemingly been pictured for the first time. Code-named “Jakarta” and thought to be launching as the BlackBerry Z3, the smartphone is expected to be the company’s first BlackBerry 10 device that will launch with an entry-level price point to more aggressively attack the emerging markets that had been BlackBerry strongholds prior to the proliferation of dirt-cheap Android phones. More →

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BlackBerry Jakarta Specs

Details on BlackBerry’s next smartphone revealed, but they probably don’t matter

By on February 14, 2014 at 8:10 AM.

Details on BlackBerry’s next smartphone revealed, but they probably don’t matter

BlackBerry’s struggles are far from over, but the company’s share price has rebounded substantially from a few months ago when investors thought the fallen smartphone vendor would likely be stripped down and sold for parts. Another huge round of layoffs and some confident talks from new CEO John Chen seem to have convinced people that the company is moving in the right direction, and a new deal will see BlackBerry work with Foxconn to develop and launch entry-level smartphones targeting emerging markets. We already know BlackBerry’s first Foxconn phone, code-named Jakarta, will not have a physical keyboard, and now additional details have likely been revealed. More →

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