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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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Here’s one way BlackBerry could become a huge consumer brand again

Here’s one way BlackBerry could become a huge consumer brand again

At the start of this millennium BlackBerry did something amazing. They mobilized email. At the time it was rare to see a holstered RIM 850 or RIM 950 handheld …because the people who owned them were addicts. They were always sending and reading email on their devices. Ultimately this addictive nature of the product is what inspired Kevin to start CrackBerry in the first place.  That was a long...

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US Air Force begins transition, swapping 5000 BlackBerry devices for iPhones

The United States Air Force is replacing 5000 legacy BlackBerry smartphones with Apple's iPhone, and eventually all of their BlackBerry users will have to make the changeover. The announcement, reported by Defense News, comes as the future of BlackBerry within the Department of Defense is debated, with the chips seeming to fall on the side of transitioning away from a network supporting a mish-...

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Maybe now BBM will really become an enterprise service

Maybe now BBM will really become an enterprise service

Only a little more than a week ago we heard that Andrew Bocking, the former Executive VP in charge of BBM, was leaving BlackBerry. I didn’t see it coming. Initially there was some debate about whether Bocking quit of his own volition or was let go. Kevin updated the original news post with confirmation that he did choose to leave on his on terms. As for the reason, we're not yet sure. The cross...

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen responds to T-Mobile's ill-advised BlackBerry switcher campaign

T-Mobile's caught flack from BlackBerry users over the past weekend for their efforts to woo them over to the iPhone 5s. The "Great offer for BlackBerry customers" campaign went over like a lead balloon for the CrackBerry faithful on T-Mobile, resulting in enough of an uproar that even T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere found himself in the crosshairs. Just a day after the ads went out, Legere took...

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Smartphones and Sex: How the tech in your pocket affects life in (and out of) your pants

One week ago we asked you about how your smartphone factors into your dating, romance, and sex lives. And while we expected quite a response, we didn't expect this much of a response. More than 17,000 of you took part in our survey in the past week, and the results were interesting, to say the least. There are plenty of interesting correlations and divergences based on age groups and platform...

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It’s clear to me that BlackBerry needs to become a premium device in the enterprise

Earlier this week Forbes published a story based on an interview with John Chen from about a month ago. The short version is this: Chen doesn’t think it’s all about volume. He gives the example of Porsche and Lamborghini in the automobile industry to illustrate that there are lots of successful niche players in various markets. BlackBerry will focus on markets that are regulated, and care a...

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Former BlackBerry CIO coming out of retirement to be Chief Innovation Technology Officer at Samsung USA

Take this one with a grain of salt as it hasn't been officially announced, but I received word via a reliable source today that BlackBerry's former CIO, Robin Bienfait, will be coming out of retirement soon and moving over to the competition. Specifically, she'll be taking up the roll of Chief Technology Innovations Officer at Samsung Telecommunications America. Robin was BlackBerry's CIO from...

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Behind the making of the amazing BlackBerry 10 Sochi Olympics app

Behind the making of the amazing BlackBerry 10 Sochi Olympics app

This week I had a chance to talk with one of the developers of the Sochi 2014 app for BlackBerry 10 — what will be my go to app for the Olympics this year. The app itself is beautiful. It has a great UI, it's fast, and it works ridiculously well. If you haven't downloaded it yet, go get it right now. The Sochi app was made for BlackBerry 10 by Eventbase, a company that specializes in event-...

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"BlackBerry is going think of ways to capitalize on the current climate, with public concern over hacking and the NSA"

This past Friday, FastCompany published an editorial titled Is BlackBerry Actually Going To Turn It Around? Featuring several interview quotes from BlackBerry CEO, John Chen, and supporting quotes by me (I spent an hour on the phone with the story's author earlier in the week), it's a positive piece that seeks to examine why we are seeing a turn around in the company's share price since John...

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How do you describe BBM Channels to others?

BBM Channels

My financée is currently living in Paris, getting her MBA. At the moment, she's deep in thought trying to figure out her thesis topic. It's a critical thing for her to get right for a couple reasons: one, because it's 40% of her final grade; and two, because she's going to spend a ton of time working on it over the next nine months so she better choose the subject carefully and make sure it's...

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Kevin Bench

If I had my way, we'd have a quality page up on the internet about every single topic and question you can imagine that's related to BlackBerry. So when you come to the site or hit up Google (even Bing!) and search for something BlackBerry related, the odds are high that you'll land on that quality page produced by the #1 destination for everything BlackBerry, CrackBerry.com. That's always...

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