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BlackBerry Sells 200,000 Passport Smartphones
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BobT690
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9/26/2014 | 3:19:49 PM
Please don't post false information
You mention the company is releasing a new OS 12 in November; this is completely false. 

They are instead releasing BES12, an enterprise device management system as an upgrade to BES10, their current solution. 
Michael Endler
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9/26/2014 | 5:35:01 PM
Re: Please don't post false information
@Bob, you're right, we had our wires cross there. BES12 is the November release. Thanks for catching the mistake. I've asked the editors to correct it.
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:16:48 PM
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@Michael – I am just curious to find out what new would they have on OS 12. Most of their mistakes were corrected on OS 10. 
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:12:53 PM
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@Bob- I don't think Blackberry will be releasing an operating system very soon as they already did release OS 10 few months back. 
Thomas Claburn
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9/26/2014 | 5:05:45 PM
doubts
If enterprises are signing up, I can't imagine their employees are all that enthusiastic to have a company-issued BlackBerry and (probably) a personal Android or iOS smartphone. The company's path back requires a great product rather than convincing IT managers that Android, iOS and Windows Phone can't do the job.
Michael Endler
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9/26/2014 | 5:38:23 PM
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That was my thought as well, Tom. People are now used to having a single smartphone. Even if some of those people find the Passport more productive, will they be willing to live with its other limits? If not, will they be happy carrying around a personal phone and a work-issued BlackBerry? I just don't see how BlackBerry thinks this approach will achieve more than niche market share.
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9/26/2014 | 10:35:28 PM
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@ Michael. I think the niche market blackberry is trying to focus will get smaller and smaller.  By now, people are just too familiar with the current smartphone format.  I see it very difficult for people to carry to phones.  It is just amazing how a company came from being number one to a shadow of its former self.  
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9/27/2014 | 10:49:18 AM
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As per my understanding it only focuses on niche market. At the same time Blackberry would be the best phone when it comes to email communication.
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:22:24 PM
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@Shamika – Yes I have to agree that Blackberry is one of the best phones when it comes to drafting emails and other texts (especially the ones with QWERTY keyboard)
shamika
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9/27/2014 | 10:52:48 AM
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@ PedroGonzales, I agree with you, but when it comes to BYOD concept, they mainly focus on Blackberry phones. I really canít understand the concept behind this.
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:28:20 PM
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@shamika – Blackberry comes in handy for BOYD because it's much more secure than the other devices / platforms. You could securely connect your emails and other networks for smoother business. 
shamika
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9/27/2014 | 10:52:55 AM
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@ PedroGonzales, I agree with you, but when it comes to BYOD concept, they mainly focus on Blackberry phones. I really can't understand the concept behind this.
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:19:38 PM
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@PedroGonzales – Yes Blackberry lost its status by being stagnated. They thought that all business would seek them for their enterprise email support. They were blind when competition was building up. 
shamika
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9/27/2014 | 10:46:54 AM
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It seems to be a good initiative. However I doubt whether it can compete with the current smartphone market.
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9/27/2014 | 4:23:01 PM
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@shamika... I agree with you that they can't compete with the current smartphone market. But I don't think they have to. If they just cater to their users and adding some as they go they can stay relevant.

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9/28/2014 | 1:59:52 AM
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@PaulS681   I agree.  I think this has been BB's strategy for quite some time.   If they can hang around long enough, which it looks like they can - BB may even see a small resurgence in users, but regardless they have enough to keep the product going and their users seem to be fine with it.

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9/29/2014 | 11:21:26 AM
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You have to give Blackberry credit. They keep perservering, against all odds it seems. Why do you think they're still coming out with new phones? Is there really still a place for them in the market?
Technocrati
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9/29/2014 | 4:57:19 PM
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 " Is there really still a place for them in the market? "

 

@glenbren    I think so.   The have a large loyal user base and a reputation for some of the best security out there,  so I see them continuing to service this niche and if they can hang around long enough, they might become en vogue again and even regain some market share.  

 

I would not be surprised at all if this were to happen for BB.

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9/30/2014 | 11:36:21 PM
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@Technocrati – I second it "they have some good security", that could be one good reason for them to have loyal customers. 
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:33:32 PM
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@glenbren – I think they still haven't lost hopes on the market so they still try to come up with new product designs. 
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:35:04 PM
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@glenbren – I believe that they still have a place among the business people and executives who still consider blackberry as part of prestige. 
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:32:33 PM
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@Technocrati – yes if blackberry could hang on they should be able to satisfy the current users. I guess they should also work on Social networking apps they have as now Blackberry is for business as well as personal use. 
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:30:43 PM
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@Paul – Do you mean to say they should stick to the niche market? 

If so could they survive? 
PaulS681
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10/18/2014 | 6:16:04 PM
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@Shakeeb... I think they have to stick with the niche markets in order to survive.
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:21:11 PM
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@shamika – yes the current market competition is very high, for blackberry to enter they would have to cut down their prices and bring in new features. 
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:26:59 PM
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@shamika – In fact I am hoping to get my hands on a Blackberry Q10 but if they are hoping to release OS 12 then I better wait. 
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9/30/2014 | 11:18:15 PM
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@Michael – For blackberry to get more users they would need to have almost every service / feature that Android and Apple offers.  Its then customers would willingly move to Blackberry.
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9/30/2014 | 11:15:14 PM
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@Thomas – Does that mean blackberry is picking up its market again?
PaulS681
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9/27/2014 | 4:19:30 PM
energizer bunny
BB is like the energizer bunny. They just keep going. Granted they are not what they once were but they are hanging in there. You have to give them credit.
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:29:41 PM
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@Paul – Yes I think we should give them credit as Blackberry have always been a good smartphone since good old days.


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