Another week, another round of annoying emails sent in by PR firms with clever subject lines like BlackBerry: Dead on the Vine? and The Fall of BlackBerry. I was hoping that after we publicly posted the PR email we received a few month back proclaiming The Death of BlackBerry that maybe we'd quit seeing this kind of stuff get sent directly to us (seriously, we're a community of BlackBerry FANS). Since that's not the case, you can read the two new examples below.
As I said the other week, with the release and positive reception of BlackBerry 7 Smartphones in the market, I'm feeling pretty positive about BlackBerry these days. Yes, they have to make it through their tech transition and get the QNX platform rocking and rolling on new phones, but it feels like BB7 device sales should pull in the $$ to buy RIM the time it needs to make that happen. But with a RIMM earnings call coming up next week, I guess the timing is right for these companies to ramp up the BlackBerry hateration in the media once again. It's always funny to receive these emails - as it allows you to google around and see what tech/media publications actually follow up to interview/get more data from the sources being pimped out to write their own BB hateration. Enjoy the show. And stay positive BlackBerry faithful, these new BB7 phones rock and the best is yet to come!
This one just came in today.....
From: Mark LoCastro firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Subject: The Fall of BlackBerry: Deals Illustrate RIM's Losing Battle with Apple & Google
Once the dominant smartphone platform in the U.S., Research in Motion's humble BlackBerry now finds itself in grave danger of becoming extinct, as both Apple and Google continue to swallow its market share.
Making matters worse, earlier this week an outspoken RIM shareholder demanded that RIM sell itself or its patent portfolio in an effort to remain relevant in the cut-throat smartphone market.
Is this the final death bell for RIM?
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And here's an awesome one that Bla1ze received earlier this week too:
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 10:47:47 -0400
To: Chris Parsons
Subject: EXPERT// Blackberry: Dead on the Vine?
With RIM's share of the smartphone market dropping from 25.7% to 21.7% in just three months, many are left wondering whether Blackberry updates are innovative and timely enough to compete with Android and Apple phones. Jason Katz is the Founder and CEO of Paltalk.com and is an authority on mobile technology, instant messaging and on Web-based voice and video systems and can speculate on how and if RIM's Blackberry can make a comeback in the mobile industry.
Jason can also discuss:
* Why is Blackberry failing to appeal to consumers in the market for a smartphone?
* Which features of the Blackberry have kept the phone as a player in the mobile industry? Are these features now outdated?
* Does Blackberry still maintain a niche in the mobile market of devoted followers?
Jason oversees the strategic direction of Paltalk and manages the company's system architecture. Jason previously co-founded MJ Capital, a money management firm.
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I look forward to hearing from you,
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