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Follow Mobile Nations at Mobile World Congress!

By Richard Devine on 22 Feb 2014 09:35 am EST
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Mobile Nations has landed in Barcelona! We're not just here for cervezas and tapas, of course, but for the annual Mobile World Congress. We've got a lot to look forward to this week and the team on the ground will be bringing you the very best of it all.

We've a team of six on the ground in Spain, and besides keeping up with everything on the blogs you'll want to be following us on the socials as well. Head on below for all the links you need!

BBM Channels!

We've just rolled out BBM Channels for each of our Mobile Nations sites as well!

  • Android Central - C0020FBEA
  • CrackBerry - C00012B19
  • iMore - C001515A0
  • WPCentral - C0048A83E
  • Smartwatch Fans - C00476F97

And don't forget to bookmark our MWC 14 hub to keep up with every little thing coming out of Barcelona!

139 comments

F1 JV

Morrissey, Morrissey, Morrissey...Morrissey, Morrissey, Morrissey...Morrissey, Morrissey, Morrissey...Morrissey---M O R R I S S E Y!!!

Peugeot 505 STI» Peugeot 405 Mi16» Honda S2000»...Chevrolet Corvette C7

Observation Junkie

Why not on BBM Channels?
Seems to be supporting all non BlackBerry products
Come on Kevin

Catapulted from my Z10.

Signhere

Yup! Pretty embarrassing. It's like these guys talk out of two sides of there mouth sometimes.

Posted via CB10

Kevmobile

Agreement here. What would be the justification for not including BBM Channels with the other three listed and, of course, for not keeping up to the minute posts on Channels. (Shaking my head in bewilderment and disappointment.)

Posted via CB10

Observation Junkie

Wonder if Kevin comes out with a similar comment from T-Mobile CEO, John Legere "Channel users, I'm hearing you loud and clear "

Lol

Catapulted from my Z10.

jojo beaconsfield

@OJ....With a bunch of CB Freaks on his ass,he better.Show us how easy it is,Kev,from the ground up.

wincyUt

Sometimes I wonder about Kevin. BlackBerry is why he is where he is today. You can't bite the finger that feeds you. It is simple common sense.

Sergio Alfonso Barrientos

Yes, come on Kevin what about BlackBerry channels? Por favor conteste?

Posted via CB10

Kevin Michaluk

Of course follow the @CrackBerry BBM channel. Use your brain. 

And we're in the process of rolling out BBM Channels for ALL the sites.

Quit being so dramatic guys. 

Observation Junkie

Hey Kevin, calm down!!!

We are using our brains. But if you state the platform you will be using, then by default you are indicating that you are not going to be using Channels.

This is a classic case of " Channel fans, we hear you loud and clear "

Like many, I don't use Insagran, Twitter, Googly +, and have always come to Crackberry for BlackBerry news. In fact I'm on your site for at least an hour a day which is supported by all the data you have access on me.

So chill bro. I know Crackberry is a business for you, and I support that, but as can be seen by my and many other comments, the message was clear.

But thanks Kevin, it's because us Crackberry users have BRAINS, we continue to support you and Crackberry.

As the line from Gladiator, "we who are about to die, salute you "

My rant finished

Catapulted from my Z10.

Observation Junkie

I correct myself on my last post, with WhatsApp going down yesterday, I created Twitter account and spent 45 minutes tweeting everyone to download BBM.

Once WhatsApp up and running, then twitter account deleted.

Catapulted from my Z10.

Kevin Michaluk

POST UPDATED WITH BBM CHANNELS!!! 

SPREAD THE WORD. TELL EVERYONE! 

Will get the new channels ramped up this week with content.

Observation Junkie

Love ya Kevin, in a man kinda way.

Catapulted from my Z10.

SteelGreek

I searched for the other sites channels and nothing came back as a result :( I can only find CB

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.2.1.2141 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]

Observation Junkie

Me too, I thought maybe it was just me couldn't find it.

Catapulted from my Z10.

Prem WatsApp

Paste that into an SMS / TXT and send it to yourself or a friend, and the Channel PINs become tappable.

Android Central - C0020FBEA
CrackBerry - C00012B19
iMore - C001515A0
WPCentral - C0048A83E
Smartwatch Fans - C00476F97

Even works when pasting it into a comment here when posting it here in the CB app. They are blue and tappable now, but as soon as I hit post, they will turn black (or white in Dark Theme) and be useless again.

BlackBerry needs to make Channels joinable by simply entering the PIN. Searching for it will yield no result. Needs fixing. Otherwise Channels will not take off.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

EmaliMcrtny

Thanks for the tip!

On my Chosen One... ZedTen

Prem WatsApp

http://forums.crackberry.com/showthread.php?t=908735

Hey guys, I've posted the whole write-up in the forums. See that link to give you additional info. Hope to join some of you there to find out and discuss more.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

wincyUt

Peace Kevin. Nothing personal. Ironically we are all implicitly wishing your site bigger success. Nobody complains about something they don't care about. :)

Jerale Hoard

Where the hell are the other channels?!!!

Posted via CB10

jmimac351

Kevin, I agree with you. Thanks for the info you share.

blackberry artichoke

Your dropping the ball. It's the small details that matter! Obviously you had no intentions until CrackBerry users complained.

Posted via CB10

blackberry artichoke

Is there a reason BlackBerry Channels wasn't included?

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Only mainstream offerings

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Observation Junkie

Well with his most recent podcast, I almost fell out of my chair when I saw him with googly glasses.

Another podcast where he answered his iPhone on air.

Hey, but I get the point too, Crackberry is a business and not a charity. So all the best time Kevin.

Catapulted from my Z10.

alan510

I agree, there is NO REASON WHATSOEVER not to include BBM Channels in this list of social apps where people can follow MWC. Ridiculous.

blackberry artichoke

An apology to CrackBerry users is warranted!

Posted via CB10

jojo beaconsfield

Can't wait to see the Foxconn BB Savior,HAHA

masterful

what are you going on about

Posted via CB10

jojo beaconsfield

@masterful..the new BB Foxconn phone,or phones which I would be surprised to see,anyway that's all I really am interested in,the rest is only second fiddle in my camp.

khehl

I don't think the Z3/Jakara is meant to be a "savior". If you don't live in Asia, you most likely won't even see it..

Posted via CB10

jojo beaconsfield

@khehl..I can see it coming here,and I want to be on the waiting list to buy one outright from BB.$200 bucks will make for a beautiful 5 incher .Most Z10 owners would agree,and maybe those who would like my Z, in my family, might even give me a big bear hug,HAHAHA!!!

BCLoco

Yup, I'm with you. If it comes with the battery and screen size mentioned, for $200, I'm buying one. Actually, for $200, I know a few family members who'll be getting BB10 B-day gifts!

Posted via CB10

birdman_38

It's the first device under Mr. Chen's watch. He likely won't accept failure.

wincyUt

You sound like a grumpy "ex-BlackBerry employee". Are you? Oh wait a minute, maybe BlackBerry owes you money or something. :)
EDIT: Your follow ups clarify things a lot better. :)

billsterjito

Where is the MWC channel for BBM?

BlackBerry Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.2141

masterful

Yeah we need one

Posted via CB10

crazycanuck329

Was thinking the same thing. We need it followed on BBM Channels!

...we are all connected...

Puz_zled

Yup I'm thinking about un following Kev on Twitter so I only get what he posts on his Channel. Now, that they are cross platform it's time to push Channels as a mainstream micro blog.

Posted via CB10

jordandrews90

Nothing against Kevin and CB but i've been thinking of doing the same thing, I've already been using Facebook a lot less, trying my best to replace it with Channels and BBM.

lord_bad

Kevin why won't you use your BBM Channel to keep us updated??

Posted via CB10

Observation Junkie

Agree, for a Crackberry supporting BlackBerry, looks like BBM Channels has been archived.

Catapulted from my Z10.

Paul Callahan

Yeah.. agreed. OJ said it as well.. doesn't look good to NOT have BBM involved in this or BBM Channels.. its a 'wtf' moment..

Posted from my Q10 (TMobile) Running OS 10.2.1.2102 as of 2.14.2014!

QXS

Of these people who is the most talkative / informative?

-Posted from CB10 via Z10-

rickster2611

Let's see what Mr Chen has in store for us.

This is really make or break for BlackBerry.

Come on Mr Chen make the critics eat their words.

Posted via CB10

BerryRipe

We will just have to sit and wait patiently for what's to come!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

TioPepe78

How is it that none of them has BBM Channel?

Posted via CB10

TheoRadu

I think Kevin has one, but for some reason it wasn't posted here...

daves_25

Why bother with instagram? Let's have a bbm channel, so that it's cross platform.

Posted via CB10

tjross

Instagram sux

Posted via secure bb10.2.1.2102

TheoRadu

No BBM channel(s)? Isn't this CrackBerry?

Observation Junkie

With Kevin enjoying his IPhone and Samsung mobile phones.

Guess Crackberry needs to be renamed to ;
iberry
Crackberry Central
Crackdroid
Icrack

Choose your pick.

Catapulted from my Z10.

Prem WatsApp

iCrackDroid

They lost the berry with it...

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

hec666

I agree why no bbm chanel?! If CB is trying to help promote it we should be exclusively using that outlet. My 2 cents.

Posted via CB10

Observation Junkie

Add my 2 cents
2+2=4 cents

Catapulted from my Z10.

brian4591

I'll throw $10 in the pool. That's how many cents I have towards this.

Observation Junkie

Ok, we are now up to $10.04 cents.
Anymore?

Catapulted from my Z10.

joanPorsche

BTW: cerveza y tapas in local Barcelona language which is catalan, not Spanish, is "cervesa i tapes". I recommend Moritz as good catalan beer.

Posted from my C=64

W Hoa

Speaking of cervesa i tapes, Barcelona also puts them in a better time zone to watch the game in Sochi on Sunday.

nevertoofar

Welcome to my country crackberry team!

Posted via CB10

Supa_Fly1

^ well said!

Would like to see a string of new announcements from BlackBerry & CEO. More BES10 installations BB10 purchases with it, the numbers are always good as well.

what's with the inverted picture?

BlackBerry Q10  & Full Metal CB10!

huungryshark

Why no BB Channels? Think the answer is easy: because not everybody is using it from the mobile nations team? Google,Twitter,Instagram anybody has and if not, they can install it cross platform, even on a Windoofs Phone.

I like channels, there is a good one "sexy guys in yoga shorts" but no updates :( check daily

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

Supa_Fly1

Yeah, very odd how the mobile nations team, especially CrackBerry is not promoting BB Channels use (official CB Channel or otherwise) for following news at Mobile World Conference.

then again this event will showcase the competition in full force, not a traditional BB event.

Observation Junkie

Well, I would have thought that when Kevin wanted 100,000 subscribers, this would now be a great way to use the features and update all those who subscribed.

It has pictures
It has links abilities, linking stories back to Crackberry

I wonder how many of them use both, Twitter and Instigram

Catapulted from my Z10.

Prem WatsApp

Well, you can only realistically count out Windows Phone for now (sorry WebOS, Ubuntu), the others have chosen not to.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Q10Nutter

Come on windermere!

Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.2141, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

Q10Nutter

Yes bbm channel to cover the event would be sweet

Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.2141, Z30, Z10, iP5, SGS3

FranRamos

Welcome to my beautiful country...enjoy your stay!

rocker_man1

Oh come on guys what about your bbm channels?

Mikescraftbeer.com - C00012735/ Mike Garson Photography - C00471EA8

Jay Hooker

What's google+? Can we get a BBM Channel for this?

Posted via CB10

tjross

Where's the BBM channel? Weak support by CB "team"

Posted via secure bb10.2.1.2102

Tompire

best event to represent the all new BlackBerry slider and BB10 tablets.

Posted with my Z10 or Z30! ..mostly on my Q10. ..while I wait for a BB slider.

Tompire

+1 for the BBM channel

Posted with my Z10 or Z30! ..mostly on my Q10. ..while I wait for a BB slider.

lynxs_claw

MWC 14 BBM Channel please CB

blackberry artichoke

Why wasn't BlackBerry Channels promoted along with Twitter, google+ etc????

Posted via CB10

TimJohnSmith

Bbm Channels?

Tim Smith from my Z10 on Rogers

jic999

No coverage on BBM Channels boy that's a Black eye !!!! Question is why ????

Posted via CB10

jojo beaconsfield

Wasn't it BB that sponsored some event for Mobile Nations about 6 months ago,It's supposed to work like ...you scratch my back ,I'll scratch yours,do the decent thing ,and get on with it.

Observation Junkie

Sounds like one stopped scratching the other

Catapulted from my Z10.

alternator77

Dont worry im sure we'll get a long winded editorial on why it wasn't chosen or used but who knows maybe they'll change there mind.

Kind of how channels/bbm was used for ces......oh wait it wasnt...

Posted via CB10

jojo beaconsfield

@alternator77...Don't count on it ,BB's market share is???Kevin stop following the crowd and find a home sweet home ,you'll be better off.lol

Tompire

shame on us

Posted with my Z10 or Z30! ..mostly on my Q10. ..while I wait for a BB slider.

tprime

It's crazy how the first thought I had when I saw this post was the same as all you guys....what about BBM channels???

Is it me or does it seem that some of the CrackBerry team have "moved on" from BlackBerry???

wincyUt

Crackberry wake up!!!! BlackBerry is your bread and butter, whether you guys like it or not. Hope you guys don't get over confident and suffer the same blow as BlackBerry did. One of these days, another site will sweep the rug from under you guys.
I will NOT follow you guys anywhere else other than on BBM Channel. Get a grip!!!

Prem WatsApp

In the OpenSource world it's called a fork, and let the steam out of quite a few badly or dictatorially managed projects. Or when the spirit or the philosophy of the project was violated. Keeps things in check.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Signhere

Seems CrackBerry guys get their ignorance imported straight from CBC. Brutal

Posted via CB10

Puz_zled

Yeah that was VERY disappointing to see CBC ditch the home team and not support Canada with their Olympic app. How effing ironic.

Posted via CB10

Vector-SS

This is shocking to be totally frank.

Posted via CB10

alternator77

It's no wonder tmobile basically said fuck you to blackberry and it's users in general.
I mean even the supposed CB faithful dont want to bother with channels or bbm for an event like this....

Then again crackberry does want page hits and channels can't be monetized just yet soooo.....

Posted via CB10

rohetaku

Where's BBM Channel updates? !?

I swear the stupidity of crackberry.com sometimes surprises me.

Posted via CB10

snejpa

And BlackBerry channels would be perfect for this... Don't understand either...

wincyUt

What don't you understand? The common denominator for CB & BB is BlackBerry. Ironically, that's why you and I are here. Isn't BBM Channels a fabric of BlackBerry? OR maybe we should all go to Google+ , Twitter, Instagram for our BlackBerry news/discussions instead of coming to Crackberry. I guess there is really no need for viewing Crackberry because it's not as big as Google+ or Twitter or Instagram.

BCLoco

Your rant was badly misplaced. He was saying he couldn't understand why BBM channels weren't listed also.

Posted via CB10

wincyUt

:) Yes, it does seem so. I could swear that he/she had a question mark after ".....for this". like "....for this?". Anyway it's nothing personal and I apologize.
Thanks for pointing that out.

sahil jain07

Guys common, where the hell is bbm channels.. you have a 100000 followers there now, please post there as well

Posted via CB10

wincyUt

Thanks. I'm simply speechless.

Observation Junkie

Must be a dry throat, have a glass of water.

Catapulted from my Z10.

wincyUt

Hahaha. How did you guess right?

sahil jain07

Bbm channels is like a structured live blog which is way better than twitter which is cluttered.
It should be used as the next big live blogging tool

Posted via CB10

wincyUt

Say it loud, again and again. Thanks.

alternator77

Truth is they got there and packed away there blackberries so as not to stand out.
Classic peer pressure if i ever saw it rotfl!!!

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Show them loud and proud!

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

wincyUt

Hahahahaha Too funny!

alternator77

Maybe we can check myspace to see if they post any news.....

Posted via CB10

Observation Junkie

Maybe I should check with the postman, to see if he sent me a letter

Catapulted from my Z10.

CDM76

And not a single attendee is using BBM or BBM Channels? Kevin? Come on. If even you guys don't use it how do you expect the general public to????

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

He could even do it on his iPhone, right?

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

wincyUt

Please say it loud!!! Again and again. Thanks.

Prem WatsApp

Until the battery goes flat. Better grab a Q10 / Z30.

Which phone won award for best blogging tool again? By a large margin?

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

blackberry artichoke

Did anyone say BBM Channels????????

Posted via CB10

mapsonburt

Crackberry doesn't make money from BBM channels ...that's why no love.

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

BlackBerry needs to monetize soon.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

wincyUt

Over confidence and agreed will soon destroy Crackberry. Doesn't history repeat itself?

Prem WatsApp

Follow BBRY's "lead" downhill, Balsillie & Lazaridis?

Hope CB won't need a Thor / Chen to reorganize and rebuild. Just meant as a "for fun statement". No offense

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

alternator77

Meh never mind i just un followed the crackberry channel since i can get the news elsewhere on bbm...

Posted via CB10

bbmtna

BlackBerry empire leads the way with update to date info on channels.

9 times out of 10 I get the blackberry news I need from them on their channel before anyone else anywhere.

Posted via CB10

Observation Junkie

It matches his Google glasses he was wearing in his last podcast

Catapulted from my Z10.

tmurphx5

No BBM channels! Maybe it's time to start an new independent called ChilliBerry or BerryHot

CrackBerry is forgetting about its roots :(

Z30 on Verizon running 10.2. 1.1925

Ragbert

I'm so jealous! Barcelona is beautiful and the food is amazing! You won't want to come back, Kevin! I'm looking forward to your comments. :-)

Posted via my Q10, SQN100-2, 10.1.0.4189

canuckbear

I wish someone would spearhead raising the issue of permissions abuse by apps. Makes me sick why apps want access to files, location, camera, mic device id, phone number etc. Even some of the stupid flashlight apps do this. What's with the grayed out toggles?

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

This has been raised over and over, repeatedly.

No real response. Looks like there is a strong commercial interest behind data-slurping apps, which validates your original concern, canuckbear.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

canuckbear

I've simply started to purge these from my device. I don't mind paying a reasonable price for apps. My privacy is not for sale.

Posted via CB10

kennyiceberry

Obviously, Crackberry will post about mwc on the Crackberry channel. Isn't that enough for you guys?

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

christoph77

Aweesoomee! Barcaa

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

canuck_67

C00012B19 is not the channel. Some dude. Where is the proper channel?

Posted via CB10

bbmtna

Can't find any of the channels with the exception of Crackberry

Posted via CB10

bbmtna

Also noticed that the original post on android central wasn’t updated to include BBM Channels.

Posted via CB10

bbmtna

None of the other posts were updated. Checked Imore and it wasn't updated either.

Simply put, this *update* was posted to stop the questioning.

Posted via CB10

jonno_atamaniuk

Um... channels aren't working for the other sites... that or I just can't find them :(