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Custom BBM PINS could be coming but would you pay for them?

Custom BBM PINS could be coming but would you pay for them?

Now that sponsored invites are already rolling out to beta testers, the BBM team is already looking at other ways to monetize BBM. One way noted in a recent survey sent out was the possibility of being able to customize your very own BlackBerry PIN, so instead of getting a bunch of random numbers and letters, you could potentially assign whatever you wanted as your PIN presumably with some...

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App Icons!

Productivity and efficiency. These two words have always been synonymous with the BlackBerry experience, and the ability to get things done FAST was the primary reason I became a BlackBerry fan so many years ago. Thinking back to the my first BlackBerry, the 7290, I remember being so impressed at how efficiently I could navigate my way through the operating system. BlackBerry had mapped...

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This is BlackBerry's four-pillar device strategy

This is BlackBerry's four-pillar device strategy

The last of our interviews with the BlackBerry folks at Mobile World Congress was Francois Mahieu, VP of Global Product Management. He walked us through BlackBerry’s device strategy, which is timely given the announcement of the Z3 and the Classic Q20. Mahieu outlined in broad strokes four major categories of phones from here on in. Starting at the lower end are devices like the Q5 and the...

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How BlackBerry is defending its enterprise stronghold

How BlackBerry is defending its enterprise stronghold

At Mobile World Congress, we caught up with John Sims, the president of enterprise at BlackBerry. He filled us in on how BlackBerry is currently defending its leadership in the sphere of business mobility. BBM is becoming a bigger part of the enterprise picture for BlackBerry, but that doesn’t mean the more consumer-focused updates don’t trickle over. For example, the recent update to BBM for...

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Stock Talk: This guy’s still very bullish on BlackBerry

Stock Talk: This guy’s still very bullish on BlackBerry

When Ed Zabitsky of ACI Research launched coverage of BlackBerry last July, the stock has just collapsed from over $14 to below $10. Zabitsky saw the cross-platform BBM story as highly attractive, despite understanding that the enterprise revenue model was going through a big transition. Zabitsky has just published a brief note reiterating his strong buy recommendation and $20 target price. My...

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BBM Channels

CrackBerry caught up with BBM’s senior director of business development, David Proulx, at Mobile World Congress to talk about the week’s announcement surrounding BlackBerry. In addition to touching on the Nokia preload announcement made at MWC, Proulx mentioned that the growth in Channels usership following the Android and iOS release was impressive — 100% in the case of the official Olympics...

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T-Mobile's BlackBerry trade-in ends tomorrow, 94% switched platforms

iPhone and BlackBerry

The relationship between T-Mobile and BlackBerry has gone through a bit of a rough patch after an ill-advised promotion led to a battle-cry from offended BlackBerry users, a war-of-words between CEOs John Chen and John Legere, and an apology that consisted of T-Mobile offering free expedited shipping on BlackBerry smartphones and a $200 credit when trading in a BlackBerry, with another $50...

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Apple now has CarPlay, why can't QNX do the same for all phones and all cars?

Apple now has CarPlay, why can't QNX do the same for all phones?

Today Apple made CarPlay official. Automobile makers who support the technology will essentially be implementing a way for drivers to interact with their iPhone through the car's infotainment system, which includes the car's touch screen, microphone, buttons, etc. It's important to point out that the cars are not running iOS. Apple would probably never license iOS to anyone, so we're really...

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6MB file size transfer limit over BBM to be addressed in next version

Here's a nice piece of news for those of you out there frustrated with the file size transfer limit being set at 6MB over BBM. In discussions with Jeff Gadway, part the BBM Product Marketing team, he let it be known that the BBM team has heard customers loud and clear and are looking to adjust or remove the limit with the next version of BBM. Hey @Bla1ze @thelink74 happy to say we're...

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Ford hasn't decided on QNX for future Sync sytems just yet

Ford hasn't decided on QNX for future Sync sytems just yet

Although there has been plenty of talk surrounding Ford and their possible ousting of Microsoft for QNX in their next-generation Sync systems, Fords managing director Pin van der Jagt has now stated the rumors are not entirely accurate, although Ford is looking towards other vendors for the system as part of normal business operations. Sync 1 and 2 was done with Microsoft but we are not...

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It’s a moon shot, but could eBBM ever lead to global IM dominance for BlackBerry?

BlackBerry is moving fast under the leadership of John Chen. I’ve never seen the company make as many changes as it has in the last few months. Not even close. I don’t think I’m alone in saying this has turned me into a big fan of Chen. One of these changes has been to place the BBM leadership in the hands of the enterprise team led by John Sims. Not even a week after I wrote an article...

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Why is BlackBerry bringing the trackpad back?

Why is BlackBerry bringing the trackpad back?

This week, during MWC in Barcelona, BlackBerry announced that we’ll soon see the return of the famous optical trackpad that so many of us loved prior to the launch of BlackBerry 10. I’m among the trackpad loving crowd, and I’m reminded of this every time I try to move the cursor around my screen to edit text on any of today’s typical touchscreen devices. Last April I took a mini-rant to...

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There will be many BlackBerry "Classic" models like the Q20

There will be many BlackBerry "Classic" models like the Q20

Following BlackBerry's Mobile World Congress Press Conference, I had the chance to sit down with the company's VP of Global Product Management, Francois Mahieu. Francois has a broad range of responsibilities at BlackBerry related to bringing new devices to market and we had a delightful conversation of which I'll be following up with more details. While I work on that longer interview piece, I...

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The BlackBerry Z3 and its potential in the low cost smartphone wars

The BlackBerry Z3 and its potential in the low cost smartphone wars

Right — just to get things straight — this article is based on my own thoughts and from a UK perspective. With the BlackBerry Z3 getting announced at Mobile World Congress and being targeted at the Indonesian market, initially I felt compelled to share my thoughts on where the Z3 should go after it's launch.  The Foxconn manufactured device is hitting Indonesia first as that's where BlackBerry...

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John Chen makes quiet statement about where BBM could end up next

When it comes to news surrounding BBM, there was plenty of it coming out of Mobile World Congress but it was a rather off the cuff comment made by BlackBerry CEO, John Chen that caught my attention when he was asked about the WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook and whether or not it changes the strategy for BlackBerry and BBM. No, not really. We have always been working on putting BBM on every...

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BlackBerry announces BBM coming to Windows Phone and Nokia X platforms

Hitting the stage at Mobile World Congress to announce the latest happenings from Nokia, Stephen Elop confirmed that BBM will be coming to Lumia devices, joining Android and iOS users who recently saw the messaging service arrive on their platforms. BBM continues to grow in popularity as millions of people use our mobile platform for chatting and connecting with friends or colleagues, and we...

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Qualcomm announces World's first commercial 64-bit Octa-Core chipset with integrated 5 Mode Global LTE

If you're among the folks who salivated over the rumors of a Octa-Core BlackBerry 10 device becoming a reality, here's a little bit more food for thought. Qualcomm Technologies has now announced the World's first commercial 64-bit Octa-Core chipset with integrated 5 Mode Global LTE, the Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets. Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 chipsets also feature Qualcomm...

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Nokia confirms BBM is coming to Lumia devices

Nokia confirms BBM is coming to Lumia devices

On stage at Nokia's press event at Mobile World Congress, Stephen Elop confirmed that BBM will be coming to Lumia devices. He didn't go into detail with a release date or if this means it will come to all Windows Phone devices (which, I'd assume it will), but at least this is finally confirmation that BBM4ALL really is on its way to becoming BBM4ALL. We'll follow up with more details as we...

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From the Editor's Desk: Welcome to #MWC14 and Hello from Barcelona!

From the Editor's Desk: Welcome to #MWC14 and Hello from Barcelona!

It's been FOUR years since I've personally attended Mobile World Congress, but I made the voyage this year and am now writing to you from Barcelona, Spain. I'm not alone for the trip. Also joining me from the Mobile Nations team are Daniel Rubino, Phil Nickinson, Alex Dobie, Richard Devine and Andrew Martonik (for info on where to follow us, INCLUDING BBM CHANNELS, click here). And be sure to...

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