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BlackBerry Courts Keyboard Loyalists

BlackBerry aims to please its old school business customers with a new traditional-style phone plus revamped enterprise software.

Photo by Ben Stassen (Flickr).
Photo by Ben Stassen (Flickr).

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RobPreston
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2/25/2014 | 4:54:36 PM
Old School
Coke Classic? Not quite. 
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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2/25/2014 | 8:26:57 PM
Is Chen serious?
Does Chen really thing BBM is worth 19 billion? He will be waiting forever for that offer.
PaulS681
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2/25/2014 | 8:31:03 PM
BES

Does BES support droid and iOS? If so they may be able to do something with BES. I'll give BB credit, they keep trying. Who knows, they may find their niche again but I think they need to look beyond the phone.

Kristin Burnham
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2/25/2014 | 9:17:18 PM
BBM vs. WhatsApp
BBM, with 80 million active users, has only about 17% as many active users as WhatsApp.

^^BlackBerry, once on top of the mobile world, missed out on a huge messaging opportunity. How fast things change.
PaulS681
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2/26/2014 | 7:58:19 PM
Re: BBM vs. WhatsApp
BB did themselves in by not keeping up with devices. Many switched to iPhones and droids because they had more functionality. You can't have all those BBM users if they dont have a BB device. Now I understand it works with iOS and droid but they already missed the boat.
jagibbons
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2/26/2014 | 8:50:33 PM
Re: BBM vs. WhatsApp
BES as a MDM can support iOS and Android devices, but so can every other MDM. The only reason one would need BES is if you have BlackBerry users. As for the QWERTY lovers out there, even my old school folks in their fifties and sixties wanted to ditch BlackBerrys as soon as we made the shift to touch devices all those many years ago. I agree that the boat has largely sailed, and BlackBerry is starting its fade into technology history. A few customers will try it out, but those deals won't last long.
shakeeb
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2/28/2014 | 8:49:39 PM
Re: BBM vs. WhatsApp
@Paul I agree with you. It has unique set of functionalities.  With the development of smart phones, blackberry sales have dropped drastically.  They should also look in to new ways to make it more popular among people.

 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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2/28/2014 | 8:54:10 PM
Re: BBM vs. WhatsApp
During the initial stages, the black berry had the capability to link with the Google maps. This feature is not there anymore. Don't you think that it is nice to have feature.
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