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Andrew Hornback
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4/1/2012 | 2:51:38 AM
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All this talk of "Wait for Blackberry 10" reminds me of all the folks on the Titanic who were waiting for the next lifeboat. As a consumer/end user, why should I wait for you (the vendor) to figure things out when I have readily available alternatives that are proven to work reliably (and may even be of TCO)?

Essentially, what's happened is that RIM can't keep up, even after getting a stranglehold on the enterprise market - partially due to the architecture required to keep Blackberry devices running. The fact that a separate data network is required for full functionality, and that separate network has proven to lack reliability as of late (http://www.informationweek.com... http://www.informationweek.com... for reference), are not good signs here.

Other smartphone platforms don't suffer from such outages because they only rely on the carrier's network (which is highly regulated by the FCC). That separate network is a double-edged sword for RIM. In this day and age, reliability is paramount when considering any sort of mobile device infrastructure and RIM is continuing to come up short.

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blackberryempirekris
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3/31/2012 | 4:48:56 AM
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Check out BB Mobile Fusion and BB Balance. This addresses those problems. BBE -blackberryempire
blackberryempirekris
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3/31/2012 | 4:42:05 AM
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Ok. I agree that more people are upgrading to the competition over RIM. That said, let's see how long it lasts. With android being so fragmentary and ios being so closed, BB has a big chance to gain traction with bb10. I'm hearing a lot of people complain about theier new android. lets see how long it lasts. As for enterprise, RIM is working n retooling their BES to mobile fusion which will focus on mdm, mobile device management. it will support active sync including ios and android. Lets be real here before we dismiss rim completely.
edintampa
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3/29/2012 | 7:20:39 PM
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The company I work for us getting rid of BB servers. They are supporting iPhones and certain Android phones. I think it's probably to late for BB. But one thing they can do is support ActiveSync. I liked the BB I had but the fact that I couldn't get work email forced me to another device.
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3/29/2012 | 6:29:39 PM
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I'm going to have to be honest here... once RIM finally goes out of business, I have no idea what I'm going to do with all my time. I spend a lot of time reading stories about RIM struggling - mostly because I find their situation to be fascinating. I'll have to start reading about something else, I suppose....
Tom P
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3/29/2012 | 5:20:35 PM
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I'm curious: where is Enterprise in all this? Their users all want iPhones and Androids. Are the enterprise tele departments moving away as well or are they holding onto what they're used to, handing out crackberries?


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