From BlackBerry to CrackBerry Nation, "You can count on us to get it right"

A Special Edition CrackBerry Vodcast!
By Kevin Michaluk on 16 Apr 2014 09:34 pm EDT

As promised, I made the trip to NYC this week to meet up with Adam Zeis and our new-to-CrackBerry contributor, Jubei Raziel, to catch up on all things BlackBerry.

Specifically, we were going to spend 15 minutes listening to Jubei's thoughts on last week's BlackBerry Experience: New York, but in true CrackBerry fashion we stretched it out just a little bit longer (you know me... I tend to talk a lot once I get going).

It's an absolute must-watch vodcast as we walk through the multiple topics that BlackBerry's senior management team talked about during the BlackBerry Experience event. A lot of tough questions were asked, and a lot of straight answers were given on subjects like BBM and BlackBerry's marketing activities.

As for the title of the podcast, well, on the way out from the event last week, Jubei asked BlackBerry's John Sims if he had a message he'd like to give CrackBerry Nation. And what was it. You can count on BlackBerry.

We hope you enjoy the Vodcast!! Keep up the fight #TEAMBLACKBERRY!

This vodcast dedicated to the Ultimate Warrior

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From BlackBerry to CrackBerry Nation, "You can count on us to get it right"


Seriously, I'm so bummed. I honestly found out on the podcast that he passed away (haven't been on news or social media last two days). I idolized him as kid... so many Kevin rages started with me amping up with the Ultimate Warrior shake.

Lol I used to tie multicolored shoe strings around my biceps to give me that warrior effect! Hell as a 40 year old man I have his entry music on my BlackBerry. Thanks UW. ----Parts Unknown

Posted via CB10 guys need to let us know when they determine the Chicago date for the road show.

I need to get a Selfie with Chen for my CrackBerry icon...

As you can tell, mine is a tribute to the great Jimmy Gandolfini....

Hopefully, someone will pick up the Ultimate Warrior for theirs... he was terrific...

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Woooooo! Chicago. I want something here that I can finally attend. Well not too soon because I'll still be at my school but summer would be nice.

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I think it's in May, may need to skip class....

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Ta, mate. 77 this past Saturday for my son's birthday, then 34 with snow flurries on Monday night. The old Chicago saying still rings true:

Seasons in Chicago: Summer, Winter, Still Winter, Highway Season

Aye, craziest damn winter ever in Chicago..... I guess that whole "global warming" thing is off the table.... I miss it...

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So horrible...the news about the Ultimate Warrior and so strange how it happened just days after being inducted into the WWF(World Wrestling will ALWAYS be this to me---world wildlife fund) Hall of Fame.

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It would have been so cool to have him back in the antics...and he probably was starting to train heavier to be ready for this new deal.

I am finding out that many of my favorite wrestlers are NOT retired...but deceased and MOST of the deaths were from heart attacks---not good.

I knew about Rude and Savage but how is it that The Big Boss Man, Mr. Perfect, Bam Bam Bigelow and Hawk are no longer with us.

I think the sport needs to try to reign in the performance enhancers but I know that the super stars won't give up the roids.

This one has shaken me up...he was one of the GREATEST OF ALL TIME.

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Thanks for giving him a shout out. He was one of 3 of my Childhood heroes. RIP Warrior----Parts Unknown

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Thought I send this copy of a recent N4BB Article:

BlackBerry Considering New Tablet by 2015

Reminiscing like it was yesterday, the world was watching Mike Lazaridis on stage at DevCon 2010 holding the newly announced BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in what signaled a new era for the company. Unfortunately, BlackBerry’s only tablet was marred by delays and a lack of an app ecosystem, which doomed it from the get-go and left the company without a competitive product in that market segment.

Although the PlayBook has its limitations, its owners (myself included) still love it, and would definitely welcome an updated version. BlackBerry’s latest pre-Chen regime said a tablet was not in the plans as there was no value in it. New management may have a different attitude towards it.

Last week at the BlackBerry Experience event at a sit down with John Sims, President of Enterprise at BlackBerry, the question about a tablet arose. The answer was not at the moment but, “we see value in a tablet and I can tell you that John Chen REALLY likes the idea of a tablet.” That comment made me suspicious and I of course started to dig up info and reach out to everyone for more information. What I learned is very surprising.

BlackBerry is in fact considering a tablet. The tablet niche is not currently a priority for BlackBerry, but it’s something the company believes that they can sell to enterprise customers. Also, the company believes that it can be a huge asset to their entrance in the healthcare and other regulated industries. We were told that BlackBerry and NantHealth are jointly working on a smartphone that will be for the medical sector, but also available to consumers. I believe the new tablet device will have the same availability: built for enterprise and regulated industries, but available for the consumer too. BlackBerry also believes that the introduction of an Android storefront (i.e., 1Mobile or Amazon) to BlackBerry 10 can help with the content needed to sell a device like this. The belief is that if the hardware division sees stabilization this next BlackBerry tablet may be slated for Q4 of 2015.

Hardware specification for the rumored tablet is not yet available, but we’ll keep digging for more information. Additionally, let it be clear that while the company is considering plans for another tablet, it may not ever come to fruition. The management team of John Chen has an ear in the market and will respond accordingly.

Are you excited about the possibility of a new BlackBerry Tablet? Sound off in the comments.

The Article BlackBerry Considering New Tablet by 2015 written by Niko Giannopoulos

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Hmm after reading your post again, my previous comment seems inappropriate. Didn't realize he passed away :( R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior

I am most definitely counting. Lets see more products and services rolled out please BlackBerry.

BES12, Z3, Q20, Q30, 10.3, QNX car 2 GO!

RIP Ultimate warrior

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Checked OUT that video Bla1ze! The Ultimate Warrior!!!! So COOL!!! WOW!!! Thanks for sharing. BlackBerry ROCKS!!!

"that would be perfect because I heard the Ultimate Warrior had a big d*ck anyway" - Adam when talking about Kevin's Halloween idea....

LMAO, I don't think anyone else caught this, even in the room at the time...

Dammit Jubei is beast. Didn't look like he had such a rocking body in his photo.

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I second this. Please make of this, even through a community effort or something..

I cannot imagine what it must be like for those who can't hear or speak, but a small gesture for those who need the assistance would be delightful!

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@ LibertyPhone, what do you mean, no CC? I am a deafie like you. I was able to turn on CC but of course, the CC itself was not 100 percent accurate. Luckily, I managed to understand most of what those guys said. You know how it is with Youtube. Maybe some day they will finally perfect their CC system for us deafies. For now, whoever posts their video clips decides whether it is worthy of their time to "CC" every word that is being said which can be very time consuming especially for lengthy clips rather than let Youtube do their job for the "post-ers". Not easy!

Build a 'Lord Of the Rings ' BlackBerry.

128 bit, Octo core, 1080p screen, 15 megapixel and 5 megapixel back and front cameras, 5.5 inches and double the Z30 battery life .

How do like them Apples?

BlackBerry...Get it done !!!!! ©

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4.65 inch screen....only thing I liked on my S3....

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With Android apps, my biggest thing is getting notifications from them.
Thank god about the high end all screen touch. Want to upgrade from Z10 and waiting patiently. What is N4BB talking about with no touch screen phone??

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Because their are no announcements on a new touch screen blackberry, I think they are waiting to see how the Z3 and Q20 sells first. Which is smart because if they both don't sell well it would be stupid for them to keep making handsets and continue to lose money on them. I personally don't think either will sell well. BlackBerry should just stick to enterprise and software they are too far behind the handset market to make a comeback. Especially when you are releasing devices with 2011 specs

I agree but I hope the z3 don't sell in America it's very similar to the z30 and I love my z30 huge difference from the z10. Q20 or classic will sell they just have to be in stores with trained selling people to push it out and show that blackberry is here to stay and BlackBerry 10 works... catch a small amount of ppl it's all about word of mouth

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PS - Jake the Snake, Honky Tonk Wayne and Brett Hart...Nuff said.

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Jubei, when you said 10.3 is a lot farther, did you mean it is it isn't going to be released anytime soon, or farther in its development than we think?

While I won't speak for Jubei, from my own view I will say it's further into development than most people think. Let's just say 10.3 was never really meant to be released as "10.3" and that has since changed. So, everything that was already developed has moved into 10.3. Remember the hoopla over 10.2.2 and then BAM 10.3 appeared out of nowhere?

Wait a minute!!! Did you just call yourself a "saint".... Peevish???? *cough*cough* I didn't see that...

Z10STL100-1/ "the iPhone Nemesis"

As far as 10.3 goes I'm thinking October/November with BES12

I'm hoping we will be seeing 10.2.2 B4 that though....Just to give us something to be exited about during the summer ;)

We also heard you claim there was no development past 10.2.0....

If I were you id be to embarrassed to show my face around these parts after that comical fail fest.....BUT THATS JUST ME

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Sorry I claimed there was no indication when there was no indication. If you are implying it would like me saying there was no indication of anything past 10.2.1 right now that is completely false, as we have evidence of 10.3. At the time we had 10.2 and there was no evidence of 10.2.1.

Get your facts straight

I hope they won't actually pull out entirely from the consumer smartphone business. Sure their strengths may be in the enterprise side but if the pull out from the consumer smartphone business, it would cause for a lot of uncertainties for loyal consumers like myself who have been using a BlackBerry for quite some time.

Jubei, I just love the energy you bring to CrackBerry! I can relate to your enthusiasm. It is not unlike the kind of stuff the Ultimate Warrior was about. You ROCK! BlackBerry ROCKS!!! Keep it UP Jubei!!!

I hear rumors back and forth that the high end all touch device was canceled. Sure would be nice to get a definitive answer on that one.

I used my almighty Z30 to create this CrackBerry madness!

Wow. Although I assumed it, nice to know it's actually happening. Any idea on screen size?

Via The BlackBerry Z10 Experience.

Jub, how about if the BlackBerry Classic will be considered a "high end" device? It doesn't need to be a class killer like some of the rumors of the high end touch you all are talking about, but if it's at least faster than a Galaxy S4 or maybe S5 I would be a very happy camper... Any word on that?

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Isn't minimum quad-core / 2GB the rumored specs / retrieved from the latest OS leak?

Will certainly give the Nexuses and Galaxies a run for their money!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Thanks, Jubei. Nice to see that the tradition of ignoring my questions has finally been broken! Maybe I'll finally win a contest too!

I used my almighty Z30 to create this CrackBerry madness!

Smartest decision CrackBerry ever made hiring you. Thanks for the response!

I used my almighty Z30 to create this CrackBerry madness!

just wanna say Mr. Raziel, you seem like a natural fit and it looked like you've known Kevin and Adam for years (sometimes it seems like we all do lol)...

I appreciate your early contributions and look forward to more!

Welcome to The Team!

Jubei....good job on the vodkas and getting some really pertinent information, regarding, BBRY...

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Thanks Jubei/Kevin/Adam for this great Vodcast. Always a treat to watch.. waiting for "Classic" BlackBerry to arrive :)

Word...Million Dollar Man and Ultimate Warrior were my two favorites when I was young. Ah thems were good days :) Anyway, yessir, just waiting impatiently as ever for the BlackBerry Classic. I also kind of wish they'd implement a rival to DropBox or Skydrive.

You can count on Blackberry... the phone.

Sorry, but I can't see where we can count on Blackberry the company. We've struggled so much in the past year as fan faithful and shareholders and they've not given us much to count on. Quite the opposite.

For a company who's desperately trying to sell more phones, the Z30 is still not available on the largest US carrier!!

About to rant so I'll stop now and return to my moment of peace

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That's the thing though, they're not desperate to sell more phones. BlackBerry is diversifying into healthcare, mobile device management, machine to machine, etc. The focus is not on handsets anymore like it used to be the past 5-7 years.

I appreciate that, but you're making my point for me.
Their focus is NOT ON US, their loyal phone users. It's apparent that its going to be even LESS so going forward, so I'm not sure I buy the whole "you can count on us" thing. Count on us for WHAT exactly?

Main if I wasn't gay before I sure am of this Jubei dude disrespect, but WOOW.... plus your my inspiration to get in shape this summer... minus the chiseled face though... I'm uglier lol

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Thanks CrackBerry for being such a supporter for Blackberry. A great company that will thrive once again! Long Live Blackberry!

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First off thanks guys for the great vodcast, we at Crackberry nation definitely appreciate it. It really provides great insight on what the company has planned for the future.
I have one question for Jubei. I know you talked a lot about BBM and touched upon the introduction of stickers and I was just wondering if anyone at the Blackberry Experience mentioned anything about the development of stickers. I find it a bit upsetting that they can open up a BBM "shop" and only have six available sticker packs to choose from. From a financial standpoint that means that one user at most can spend roughly 10 dollars and exhaust all resources. I would have thought that they would have had more developers working on more packs to choose from especially since there are already apps in Blackberry World with many more sticker options. I would have thought that they could just directly load those stickers into the BBM shop. I know this is a minor detail in terms of the restructuring, it is just frustrating to see things still being released in my opinion as sub-par at best. Any insight would be much appreciated!

Great podcast guys. I liked how mellow you all were. It was definitely weird, but I kind of liked it. Welcome to the team by the way, keep up the great work!

Rip the ultimate warrior.

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Definitely one of the better podcasts I've watched since joining Crackberry a few years ago. Jubei is a great choice for sure.
With all do respect to Kevin, Adam and the Crackberry crew, letting someone come in with fresh passion is the best move you could've done. It's been a long haul following the ups and downs of this company. It's almost impossible not to become a bit jaded at times. I could almost sense Kevin and Adam being skeptical of any news presented in this video. If true, I can totally understand after 2013. Hopefully Mr. Sims told Jubei the truth. Wouldn't it be great if fans didn't have to constantly hope BlackBerry gets it right. I have a strong feeling he means it.
Anyway, Great job tonight guys. I'm now really looking forward to this new direction you presented tonight.

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Touché, I couldn't help but feel the same way about Kevin and Adam (weird) . Like they have said all along or at least recently, other platforms are very important to them too... this may be the case with Jubei as well, but he doesn't project this feeling. His enthusiasm projected is more pristine or less tarnished. (IMHO), but to be clear I still appreciate all that Kevin and Adam have contributed and their continued support.

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Have a few more people I'm lining up to test out and bring into the CrackBerry editorial mix. All with passion, each coming at it from a slightly different angle. Think it's definitely fun to mix things up.

Sounds very exciting already Kevin! Thanks. Love your willingness to face challenges. You are a true warrior of tech, and ally of BlackBerry. :)

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I think this new crew under Chen is all business....the hyperbole, puffery and outright lying of Thor, Frank Boulben, Balsille and Lazy are a thing of the past.

Don't forget that we owe any and all future success to Prem - he masterminded this new regime.

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How to I direct my brother to your Z30 club? Unfortunately, I have the Z10 and would have to stand outside. Please let me know. Ty

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"Thanks" for inquiring, XBURK....the Club is "Under Construction" stay tuned and your brother will be a welcomed member...

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Interesting podcast, especially the marketing part. Jubei is a great win. Thank you.

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Hope I didn't mishear this x_x so blackberry are looking into opening up retail stores right? Is their any chance of then opening any in the UK I mean we have the selfridge store, but it's not quite a store if you know what I mean ?

That was good... picking up the notes to read the quote.

Left a really nice impression.

Looking forward to the future!

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What a fantastic podcast! Big props to Jubei for his work at BlackBerry Experience: New York. He really asked all the right questions and came back a lot of really good information. I'm especially stoked to hear another high-end all-touch screen phone is coming.

Great work Kevin, Adam, and Jubei!!

We recorded this as a video, but we'll get the audio ripped from the file and get it uploaded as a regular podcast. Stay tuned!

Sad to see no tablet in the horizon. How can they compete with others if they have so limited products.

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RIP Ultimate Warrior, the only guy allowed to dress up like a little girls bicycle and still be considered tough.

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When you can pick up and body slam Andre-The can wear anything you want, including tassels.

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I have to admit that while I love the my Q10, my Z30 simply rocks. Incredible build quality and battery life to die for. Some consider the Z30 a bit hefty but to me that's what makes it worthy of accolades.

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More info on eBBm and BBM Protect needed. Small Non-Profit about to deploy BES10 via EZ Pass in the next few weeks or so. Sadly, they do not offer any license discounts for Non-profits and I have Budget concerns.

Can someone circle back with Blackberry and ascertain if they foresee any "extra charges" for using these new upcoming services (eBBM and BBM Protect) in the Enterprise.


Great Vodcast!! I am glad to hear BlackBerry is listening to the BlackBerry faithfuls and CrackBerry Nation! I look forward to reading Jubei Raziel contributions to Good Luck Jubei!!

Thanks for the reply.

Over the summer, eh? eBBM will definitely be an interesting launch to watch.

What organization's fiscal year begins or ends over the summer? With IT budgets running tight eBBM will probably not be a discretionary IT budget item.

Let's see....will be an interesting launch indeed.

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