Canadian Diabetes Association ditches BYOD and goes all-in with BlackBerry

By Adam Zeis on 31 Jul 2013 02:41 pm
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Recently many companies have started to implement BYOD policies to allow employees to bring their own devices to work to be be used as business phones. The Canadian Diabetes Association is taking the opposite route however, ditching their long-standing BYOD policy in favor of all BlackBerry devices - both for hardware and enterprise software.

The CDA has been operating "D-Camps" since 1953 - camps that allow children with Type 1 Diabetes to enjoy a real camping experience. Nigel Carpenter, Chief Information Officer at the Canadian Diabetes Association, says that not only has the change brought "significant cost savings" but also allows their camp staff to better coordinate and manage activities. Doctors and nurses at the camps can also easily access medical information on the fly while closely monitoring campers. 

Carpenter noted that security was one of the top priorities in choosing to make the change and thanks to BlackBerry Balance, staff can have both their personal and work data on one device with less headaches for IT. 

"I know that when I give my employees a BlackBerry smartphone, everything is going to work with limited effort required by our IT administrators," he adds. "By centralizing our BlackBerry solution, we realized this move would bring us tremendous cost savings."

As a non-profit organization, Carpenter says the switch looks to save the CDA nearly a quarter of a million dollars over the next three years.

Topics: BYOD Devices

158 comments

BB10dude

Yes that's what I like to hear!

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GTiLeo

atleast one piece of good news for BlackBerry in the sea of constant abandonment

bldshd

Great to hear!!!!!!!!!!

Bldshd189

sirk25

As a Diabetic and a long time BlackBerry user and shareholder and all around lover of BB, I applaud the CDA and love to hear news like this. Well done!

Jimcmf

I agree. This is great news. Support Canada as they make great stuff and have the most secure smartphones. Great job BlackBerry.

Ernesto Chapa

Amazing news. Gotta love it

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cb900f2

Great news

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jic999

Why not, Z10 and Q10 offer what the rest offers, but the multi language keyboard ie French is a bonus. The next headline is the Canadian Govt and the CMA.

Keep Moving BlackBerry

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Kriilin Namek

I can assure you the Canadian gov't is committed to BB. I do not speak officially, but I am in a position to know.

BadGoliath42

True. My sister worked at the Parliament and is now working for a minister, and all she sees are BlackBerries.

I wish they would do the same thing in Québec, but they always go with the cheapest offer Bell/Telus/Rogers is giving them for a smartphone. And they just got iPhone 4... maybe they wanted to clear the warehouse! ;)

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jic999

You see that's the Crap we get from our governments, going after the cheap iPhones, cone on Quebec

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w0lfgang

Whoa....I would like to see that...just once. Sadly, I live in the iOSA, I mean USA....just an endless sea of iPhones

R Field

I hope your right and they make a big BlackBerry 10 order I'm surprised the UK, US and Dod haven't been making big orders since the German government purchased a bunch.

CB10- BlackBerry Z10

Kriilin Namek

They'll probably do the BB 10 phone refresh as a project , then start once it's approved. Then old devices will be replaced as per the normal product cycle. As there's e-mail consolidation currently underway in the GoC, full conversion may take a bit longer. They are rolling out BES10 for sure though.

Kevin Michaluk

Niceeeee. Now I just want to see 10,000 more articles like this. And some featuring US companies and organizations, sooner than later. Always good when cost savings become part of the reason to adopt. Saving money is always an easy sell.

Good stuff... Keep Moving!! 

bluetroll

It's true, once you present cost savings dollar figures, you will get the attention of CIOs.

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IJKBB10

Totally agree!!! Be nice to hear that companies that decided to drop their BB s for BYOD realized at the end it was better to stay with BlackBerry as stated in this article.

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mnhockeycoach99

Did you see a couple weeks ago that ADP rolled out BES10 and BB10 to employees?

vettsting

Looked into it, all I got was info on ADP mobile app availability. Please source your info.

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mnhockeycoach99

BlackBerrys official twitter account....

Runninwiththedevil

No link? hmmm, If this was true why isn't Crackberry blogging it like they are here with CDA? See Kevin's comment above.

mnhockeycoach99

why does nobody believe anything anyone says on the Internet anymore? It was a tweet from @BlackBerry4Biz on July 2nd at 7:41 am that states "@ADP is deploying #BlackBerry10 to keep employees moving & #BES10 for secure industry-leading #EMM." I have a screen shot of the tweet but unfortunately can't post it in this forum.

Runninwiththedevil

"why does nobody believe anything anyone says on the Internet anymore?"
I keep forgetting that, unlike other media, everything you read on the Internet is true.:)

mnhockeycoach99

I never said that everything on the Internet was true, but everything you read in print media or see on TV may not be true either. Correct? My point was that the comment I made wasn't that outlandish (at least to me anyways) to be questioned. Now that I provided the direct source (even though I can't attach a screen print), do you finally believe me?

Runninwiththedevil

I believe it to be true, the main reason I had doubts was because there was no mention of it here on Crackberry, especially with Kevin being keen to publish those types of stories. Don't take it personal, I would have had my doubts no matter who it was.

tmichaelmorrissey

Go CANADA and every other association and business should get on board with this domestic leadership. Didn't you guys invent hockey. Get your game on for BlackBerry and give the USA a real slap shot. Z10 Verizon CT.

PS: me grandpappy was ABBY COX. Google it.

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bldshd

Agreed... & hell yes US needs to follow... 1 device for business & personal... c'mon America put the iPhones down & get with the program... "F" instagram BB10 kicks ass... we could use some better Skype love but the more people on BlackBerry the more people on BBM video chat

Bldshd189

birdman_38

I agree it's nice to see articles like this but CrackBerry's reporting needs to be fair and balanced. For example, the UK's largest soft drink bottler Britvik is replacing their entire fleet of BlackBerry devices with the Lumia 720. Around 800 handhelds. They claim it provides better integration with Windows and Office systems. How does BlackBerry 10 lack in this department that they can't compete?

gordo51

Wonder where the savings come from? Might be worth BlackBerry advertising :
"CDA saves 250k by switching to BlackBerry "

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jic999

Key for Blackberry absolutely but do not reveal where all the savings came from ! Outline the industry, employee number, the dollar amount and some unique saving features. Leave the rest for the Headlines and the eventual Client and BlackBerry Down $$$$

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jic999

This is great for Blackberry absolutely but do not reveal where all the savings came from ! Outline the industry, employee number, the dollar amount and some unique saving features. Leave the rest for the Headlines and the eventual Client and BlackBerry sit Down $$$$

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http://crackberry.com/node/180825

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bldshd

Definitely need more advertising & reps that want to sell BlackBerry show off the great features

Bldshd189

BlueHeel

Awesome news!

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shawie

That's awesome! More companies need to do this :)

BBQ10

Asmooh

Nice!

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mobilesync

This shows they have a responsible and honest CIO and CEO or whatever those titles are.

Those who don't do so for their orgs are committing a crime.

MS

ballsjr

Great now more companies!!!

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newcollector

Wonderful for the Diabetes Assoc. Of Canada and for those that receive care through them. Now let's hope that the counterpart in the USA does the same.

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fearmantis

The USA NSA spying got a little difficult.

BB Z10 rocks.

davidmcromano

Great news. Music to my ears

ankush77

great work,keep it up

fmb8

Great news! For personal use of the phone, I hope BBM going cross platform will have a similar affect. Might encourage people to switch or switch back to BB.
Keep Moving.... FAST!

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ankush77

like Kevin pooping out in style, for his interesting inputs regarding BB.
KEEP MOVING KEVIN AND PLEASE GIVE A WAKE UP CALL TO BLACKBERRY
VERY MUCH NEEDED ,TO KEEP THEM ON THEIR TOES....

hazarder

Alright.

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blargy

My question is: is this saying purchasing BB10 phones, distributing them, and managing them is that much cheaper than allowing employees to purchase their own phones, and managing them?

If so, how much more efficient is the BlackBerry solution at managing their own phones, vs the competition? Because jeez, that's a big difference!

Of course, I know it's not unusual for a company to reimburse or provide an allowance for phone costs in a BYOD environment, so maybe that was the case.

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BadGoliath42

I suppose the difference is more about BlackBerry vs BYOD, which means several random devices with different ecosystem and capabilities. Which is a plus for BlackBerry anyway, BES + phones!

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undone

I have seen a few articles outline BYOD as more of a cost vs a savings over the years. And that is platform independent. Like everything else, volume discounts, same platform and single management point can make a huge difference in the long run.

chrisstlaurent

I will donate to them, the next chance I get.

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rtang1007

A friend of mine, who is working for Ricoh Canada in Calgary , has his Samsung Galaxy 4. However, he is not allowed to use his as a work phone. Ricoh gives him and all 40 technicians in his department Q10s. So I believe Ricoh Canada is doing the same thing as CDA, ditching BYOD for official BB10 devices across Canada.

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sk8er_tor

This has already happened with Ricoh as it was previously announced.

wojciechp

Here is the link about Ricoh Canada going BES 10 and all BB phones, including porting of their Field Service Automation (FSA) application to the BlackBerry BES 10 platform http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1166413/ricoh-canada-to-port-mission-cri...

buckwylder

Excellent choice. Very wise decision.

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cvdburgh

250k that can be spent on worthy causes, and more efficiency. BB to the max!

buckwylder

With BlackBerry 10 devices, the users essentially do not need laptops. If the IT department has app developers, they can make in house applications to suit their mobile business needs and have those apps posted in their enterprise BlackBerry World store.

They can also supply the users with HDMI cables and BlackBerry bluetooth keyboards for their smartphones should they want to connect to a desktop monitor while working at home or even at the office. Mobile computing and just straight up computing, all in one.

Go paperless too.

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buckwylder

Or use the browser for the existing Web based applications. Would work just fine.

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gyubok

Are they gonna be on bb10?

Corky Notes and Lazy Lists for BlackBerry 10 developer

buckwylder

Give them each a PlayBook too, as it's extremely useful for corporations to deploy a still very capable and inexpensive tablet. Unless BlackBerry has completely distributed all of it's PlayBook inventory when they became inexpensive, I don't know. Maybe they don't have any left.

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Cylon69

That's a good idea

QNX is the future

Bobert_123

Finally some good news!!

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KillerBx

That's great! How many employees does the Canadian Diabetes Association have and how many will get the new BBs?

Joel Christopher

Yes!! All Canadian national associations must do this!! It's in everyone's best interest!!!

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buckwylder

I'm thinking we are going to see the BYOD fad taper off and BlackBerry will continue to be there to win back the enterprises who gave in to consumer demands for Angry Birds at work. Seriously. Especially as demand for the Q10 rises and the A10 becomes available.

BlackBerry offers the best and most practical mobile computing solution available. Period.

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Kriilin Namek

Agreed. If BB had kept up from 2008 on, I doubt BYOD would even exist. I haven't heard of BYOD for laptops, why? Simple, same experience more or less than at home (Mac users notwithstanding).

Maal628

Need to hear more of this type of news here in the US

CB10 on Verizon Z10

buckwylder

The Q10 is the best mobile computing device I've ever used. I can understand why a mindful IT department would choose the device for employees. It is simply the best, in my opinion.

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mncarp

And Canadian Tire and ALTRANS Logistics.

Go BlackBerry Go

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beantownwindsorite

Where are the cost savings?

Posted from BlackBerry Z10

z10 rocks

Keep it moving,
It's like that song, from 2pac Shakur, me against the world
BlackBerry it's in the same boat, blackberry against the world,
With companies as this, it's a start and it's starting,
We coming, we moving, get ready, we taking over, lol
Good news
I believe

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BruvvaPete

He was my favourite artist back in the day. I just hope BlackBerry doesn't meet 2Pac's fate.

@BruvvaPete

AfroZepher

I'm REALLY curious about the BlackBerry solution in terms of managing medical data and overall use with health professionals . . . to bad this one of a few examples I know of it being implemented. . .

brosee

That's awesome news. More companies and organizations should follow suit.

Via my Commodore Vic 20

jic999

Heck, the CDA saved $3M plus any donations from CrackBerry supporters count my $25 bucks

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Stephen McPhillips

Fantastic now someone get more results like this in the UK

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Gator99

Good....my new favorite charity.

Sent from the future on my Z10.

bigais121

Congrats to the CDA!!! I'm sure BlackBerry appreciates this endorsement. As a BB user, I also appreciate the CDA's choice to exclusively use BB devices. Just another small step toward the future growth of BB and the BB10 OS.

nexus2905

I am a paediatrician and can tell you first had when it comes patient management at my office the z10 is a serious work phone unlike those kiddie phones. But I do play play subway surfers and candy crush on the z10 from time to time.

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BruvvaPete

How many years did we wait to get statements like this? So good!

@BruvvaPete

markus_13

As a Canadian Diabetic who loves BlackBerry this news is awesome.

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M--Canuck

Nice move

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Nick Shadow

I am curious to see what happens. The headline below hit my email today from Streetinsider.com.
"Britvic Soft Drinks Replaces BlackBerry (BBRY) with Nokia (NOK)"

However, I just checked, this headline has not been picked up. I would not be surprised if it does not.

Additionally, I have a friend who works for a company that was just purchased by Honeywell. He is an Android user. He was told it would not be on the Honeywell system, and his BB will arriving soon. No BYOD there. Reason, too much gov't security sensitive contract work

jcarlos100

Great news lol

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ablefunzo

Let the message go round. Every citizens use their products if it's not inferior to the competition. Think hard. This is true.

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El Platanero

So my guess is that BlackBerry is going after businesses as they did before and this is why we don't see too many commercials?

Just throwing that out there. My question would be will businesses buying in and loyalists upgrading be enough to keep them float? I'm not assuming that they are sinking but was curious to the response I may get to this question.

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hrung

if they save 250k over 3 years, why is that other institutions haven't followed suit. To me this says that either other companies don't see the benefits of the platform or cost savings or that blackberry is doing a poor job selling their platform and products. Why blackberry why. Get out and sell for god sakes.

koool1

Hope to see more of this but I do but it.

Seems like I am seeing just as many people move off BlackBerry now as I did a year ago.

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Chicago777Guy

Old news but good.

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WillKhalifa420

Awesome!!!

BlackBerryKeepMoving

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The_Big

That is not good...
It's the diabetes association!!!!
Did nobody told them Blacker the Berry sweeter the juice!!??

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imcurved

I was worried about that too...hopefully the rich antioxidant balance that out...

AOAJ007

Everyone needs to follow suit!

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derizzle

Excellent news...

Sent by Bbry Z10

IslanderTnT

Good decision! At least there is hope good old 'common sense' which ain't too common these days.
Bottom line is that BYOD is a nightmare that is really not in the best interest of any serious Business entity. Employees playing around on smartphones and not focused on their job. Waste of time!

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Antikythera Mechanism

Great news!! Let's see more of this throughout North America.

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rocker_man1

Awesome.

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SDTRMG

That's what's up

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neteng1000

I tend to agree with the fact that BYOD trend may reverse. A perfect example is the trend that sent a lot of our technology jobs to counties like India. Few years back someone from my org had a brilliant idea that we could save money for the short time by outsourcing our jobs. Hundreds lost their jobs. I was one of the lucky ones to be spared. A year later, they realized that the screwups and customer loss outweighed the money saved. Needles to say, all the jobs had returned to NA and most of the people who were originally laid off were re hired.

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cyblitz

Hell yeah!

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Mo Cat

More of the same please

imcurved

Awesome news. How many units are we talking about? Thanks.

Jakob Greve

Hmm bes need to be competitive for byod too

valleyag

This is great. I would advertise it all over the states. I have a small company in the states and recently switched all our employees phones to the BlackBerry Z10. All but one says they like them better than the iPhone

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techanic

Great news, I too hope BYOD trend reverses. I can see the cost savings in terms of bulk purchases, and hands on time with setting up and then troubleshooting issues related to work stuff on multiple devices of various capabilities. Also, there are probably people that have to review the employee's bills to reimburse work related portions, which carries additional overhead.

Of course, BlackBerry will need to keep moving. Samsung with it's Knox, and Microsoft being deeply incorporated into the enterprise (I am actually surprised of the lack of a true enterprise mobile solution by MS), staying ahead of the game is of upmost importance for BlackBerry...the others want some of that tasty pie.

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rotorwrench

I believe it is tapering off. One aircraft vendor and contractor we deal with dropped BYOD three weeks ago and is again exclusively BB. I've seen IT and tech articles describing BYOD as being a fiasco for many companies, with many starting to drop the program. I actually thought it was feasible but apparently it's not working as expected.

Linda9600

I wonder how many employees they have. We definitely need more good news articles like this.

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Fluently_Real11

The side load for the instagram app on the z10 is giving me until august 6th to upgrade the app, blackberry plzz fix this!!!

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BruvvaPete

Wrong thread, dude,.

@BruvvaPete

CrazyBack

Good move! Now go save some kidneys!

VR6

Love it! Amazing to see some people actually thinking about security, IT overhead and work/life balance for once rather than just choosing the standard.

needforbbx

good story, but I hope they didn't invest in that playbook in the pic - lol

Jamie Page

That is awesome!! More companies need to learn from companies like this and Canadian tire.

dam_bb

Great news.

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pgg101

I think you'll see more of this in the coming months. I work for a cdn bank, and our testing ended late June. Bb10 devices are starting roll out. We have about about 9000 BlackBerry legacy OS users to upgrade to bb10.

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BruvvaPete

Now this is also *bleeping* awesome to know. I hope you work for RBC and they have an app coming soon.

@BruvvaPete

1raygin

This is wonderful news!
,

dabbguy

Great News, especially the point about BlackBerry balance so that the employees can have their personal information and it SAVES Money!!!

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mobilesync

Since day 1 of BYOD I have been advocating it is a bad idea. It costs more. It is a nightmare for IT. The very original companies that started sturring up the byod fanfare are the ones that directly reep money by selling multiple brands. It is a trap. Yet many stupid CIOs jump in. Others do it for personal interest. Byod is also a movement of corruption. So I call byod a crime.

If you are making decision for the benefit of your organization, Stick with one device. If you merely want to entertain your employee so that they can come to office stay with iPhone, like Yahoo. If you want your employees work efficiently and also enjoy life stay with BLACKBERRY, like all responsible and efficient organizations around the world.

Though not byod Yahoo's CEO also comitted a crime, so yahoo is going down the drain, brining in all it iToys.

MS

BruvvaPete

What did Marissa do? She's quite dunce for a CEO. Nothing would surprise me.

@BruvvaPete

Cylon69

+1000

QNX is the future

nt300

This should be Front Line News. Good News, hopefully more companies will realize BlackBerry 10 devices and BES10 services are #1 with the competition well behind.

nt300

Just a note, the company I work for has approx: 30,000 people and growing. Currently all senior management and high end employees all have BBOS devices. (6,000+) I am not sure if BES10 testing is done, but the IT department have highly recommended we continue with BB10 devices. It now lies with the BOD to make the final and official decision.
BES10 with BB10 devices are untouchable at this time says a iPhone junkie via the IT department. He Admits this lol, and I agree.

Skyforever

BES10 with BB10 devices are untouchable at this time...

LOVE it! Rock ON BB!!!

Cylon69

Awesome! Look forward to an update

QNX is the future

Pdoody

CrackBerry if you can swing it, I would kick in $50 to the CDA via CRACKBERRY or in the name of BlackBerry?

Is there any way you can contact them to set it up?

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awindsr

Nice!

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jreichner

Agreed. Good news!

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unbreakablej

just out of curiosity.. hoe do they save the money? how would it be different from letting users bring their own devices?

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edriss

Go go CDA

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z10fido

Thus story is an exception.

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Kelly Hinch

Awesome for the CDA, they will be my charity of choice and then I will support the next charity that goes all in with BlackBerry and so on and so on and so on.

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bbmotion

One of our technician from Gerber technology company used to have oldb BlackBerry then switched all their employees to gs4 in March. It was very sad to see them using gs4, then a few months later he came to do a service and I couldn't believe what I saw, it was a nice looking Zed 10 sitting on top of the machine. I quickly asked what happened to you galaxy, he replied too many people complained. Company now switch all their employees to bb10 as well as setting up bes10 soon. It was a good feeling and surprised to hear that they would go back to Blackberry and bes10 as well. It felt like I am winning lottery. I was too excited forgot to asked how many employees work there.

unbreakablej

I know someone who works in Samsung sales and he told me that as he learnt more about the phone on his job, he felt bad that he has to keep lying to tell businesses that the phone is good for them... and mind you he was pretty excited when he first started out so he is not like, a fanboy of any other sort...

Kelly Hinch

Great news, I will support the CDA even more

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foxfoxcool

business need BB

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dondizm

Love it!

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zgmf2000

Resurrecting one at a time. Great news! :D

FastLane228

well this is awesome

BBM CHANNEL C000EF854 < bbry stocks*C0004ABC9

w0lfgang

How many employees is this? Anyone know? I mean, great news...but not if you employ 100 people

blackberryrockandroll

i love to hear canadian companies support their own company!!!!

love my Z10!!!

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christopherk67

Out of curiosity where are the significant savings coming from? In a BYOD set-up, the employee brings his own device that he has purchased. In a corporate imposed set-up, the company needs to purchase the devices and ensure maintenance along with standard IT support.

christopherk67 2B0664C3

svelt

At least Blackberry will always have Canada as their last stand. We're all getting the new Q's in our department

Kriilin Namek

What I hope happens is people who left BB for their personal phone or never had one, get issued corporate BB10s, and go "holy crap, this is BB? I gotta get me one of these!"

sxchan

Great to hear!! Another company adding BBRY to use. Let's get more companies to join!!

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