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  • BlackBerry Priv And Microsoft Lumia 950 Receiving Plenty Of Interest  [View article]
    @ GeorgesPierre

    "a loss isn't actually suffered until it is sold."

    So by your argument, if you buy $100K worth of a stock, and the stock drops to near zero for what ever reason, and no one wants to buy it, you never actually lose any money since you do not actually sell it. Perhaps you should try and tell that to those who were left holding worthless Enron, Nortel or Bre-X shares. I think they may disagree with you.
    Jan 19, 2016. 12:18 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Priv And Microsoft Lumia 950 Receiving Plenty Of Interest  [View article]
    @ GeorgesPierre

    "Nope, you lose nothing unless you sell."

    While I fully support your views on Blackberry, that's not true! If you buy an asset for $X and it's value drops by 50%, then you've lost 50% of your asset's value. Whether you hold or sell the asset is irrelevant. Either way, you have still lost that 50%. If you want proof, try telling your banker that the $100,000 in stock that you bought, which is now worth only $50,000, is still a $100,000 asset that you hold. Or better still, see how much a mortgage company will lend you on a house or building that your bought for $800,000 which is now worth just $400,000. I think you will very quickly realize that a value decrease is indeed a "real" loss, regardless of whether you sell it or not.
    Jan 18, 2016. 10:32 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Priv And Microsoft Lumia 950 Receiving Plenty Of Interest  [View article]
    @ Trader 7

    "Wondering why no preliminary sales data on Priv makes me concerned."

    It's rather hard to produce meaningful data from something which does not exist. When sales are virtually non-existent, what kind of data would you expect? For Chen to say that sales are very low; "We have another flop!"?

    "Android shift makes sense along with focus on ONX and cars."

    The shift to Android made a lot of sense, but it is something that should have been done ~3 years ago while BB still had an image worthy of any kind of recognition. Keeping the fixed keyboard however did not. Perhaps there are a few BB loyalists who still want a physical keyboard, but the overwhelming majority of the marketplace does not, as time will prove.
    Jan 15, 2016. 11:01 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Priv And Microsoft Lumia 950 Receiving Plenty Of Interest  [View article]
    @ GeorgesPierre

    While I certainly agree that BB stock is indeed on life support, I have to question what exactly is John Chen's "business plan"?

    It seems to me that he really doesn't have one, unless of course "flip-flopping" is a part of some new plan that I'm not aware of.
    Jan 13, 2016. 07:01 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Priv And Microsoft Lumia 950 Receiving Plenty Of Interest  [View article]
    @ Antidote2

    "Bulls will still win in the end."

    On what basis can you make such a statement? Other than its dwindling cash pile, Blackberry really has nothing left of any significant value.

    "BB can step up security into BB10 BB12..."

    I don't think you'll find many left who will seriously argue that BB10 or BB12 or BB## will ever become an OS of any significance. Just like those who supported Palm's webOS to the bitter end, I think it's long past the time for Blackberry to simply call it a day.
    Jan 13, 2016. 02:23 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Priv And Microsoft Lumia 950 Receiving Plenty Of Interest  [View article]
    I think you'll find that the only real interest in the BB Priv is the interest generated by the few remaining BB supporters. Very few in the general marketplace have even noticed it...hence another flop for BB and another round of its stock being beaten down on its way to where it belongs.
    Jan 11, 2016. 03:14 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: When A PRIV 'Sell Out' Isn't Actually A 'Sell Out'  [View article]
    @ dolco

    "This is just urban legend that Google play doesn't count first update for preinstalled apps (IMHO)."

    Are you sure about that?

    QUOTE

    Downloads vs installs: how Apple and Google count app numbers

    Neither company counts pre-installed apps

    END QUOTE

    SOURCE: http://bit.ly/1RjXYa4
    Dec 14, 2015. 08:22 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: When A PRIV 'Sell Out' Isn't Actually A 'Sell Out'  [View article]
    @ KIA

    Indeed! Some reviews never cease to amaze me, and that goes for many devices not just a phone or a Blackberry. What I really get a kick out of is the type of review that raves about virtually every feature of the product, referring to it as the best "device" he or she ever owned, and so on, yet gives it only a 3 or 4 star rating. I wonder what it would take to get a 5 star rating from such buyers.
    Dec 13, 2015. 02:27 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: When A PRIV 'Sell Out' Isn't Actually A 'Sell Out'  [View article]
    @ miikle

    "If autoupdate is turned on by default on the Priv, one would expect a much larger number if they had ,in fact, sold more than 50,000 devices."

    While I am by no means a supporter of Blackberry, that is not necessarily true. The Google Play download number shown for an app does not include pre-installed apps or subsequent downloads/updates of those apps. In other words, the Google Play download number ONLY counts initial downloads and installations of the app on devices which did not have a version of that app installed before.
    Dec 13, 2015. 10:13 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: When A PRIV 'Sell Out' Isn't Actually A 'Sell Out'  [View article]
    This latest "sell-out" reminds me of the massive "sell-out" reported almost 2 years ago of how the Z10 sold out everywhere, including the famed "sell-out" of some ~2000 units per hour at Selfridges in the UK. And of course we all know how that story played out, or do we need to be reminded? Fact Check: The Priv has not sold out in any significant quantity anywhere. Period!
    Dec 11, 2015. 12:54 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should BlackBerry Sell QNX? Yes  [View article]
    Unfortunately for Blackberry, QNX has next to zero value. Sure it may be used on tens of millions of devices worldwide, but the vast majority of those adaptations took place while QNX was still open source. The reality is that QNX did not, and does not, produce any significant level of income for anyone, and most likely will never do so, and certainly not enough to warrant another company buying the platform at this point in time for any sizable amount. Harman knew this fact back in 2010 when it dumped the company on Blackberry (then RIM) for $150 million...a number likely much higher than QNX would fetch today, especially given Blackberry's continued failure with it.
    Dec 1, 2015. 12:19 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry closes up 5.5% after Priv gets decent reviews  [View news story]
    @ Cliff Hilton

    "Market receptivity has been evaluated by key customer feedback, focus groups, test markets, or beta tests prior to launch. If the product is being used by beta customers, testimonials or case studies have been prepared."

    Reviews by test markets, focus groups, beta customers and so on are totally meaningless. Do you honestly think you are going to get a fair unbiased review from someone who gets a free device or is otherwise paid for their review? Or do you honestly think that any magazine or website will give an unfavorable review of a product from one of its top advertisers? If you do, then sadly you do not understand marketing. In reality, the only reviews which count are those from paying customers who actually bought the product, and are either happy with it, or else are displeased with it for some reason. All other reviews have absolutely no merit.
    Nov 11, 2015. 10:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry closes up 5.5% after Priv gets decent reviews  [View news story]
    @ David653

    "thanks for proving my point of BlackBerry going Android was a huge mistake."

    Going with Android was not a mistake. That is something which the company should have done ~5 years ago instead of trying to build their own OS around QNX (BB10) (1st major mistake). It should not have taken the release of 5 or 6 devices to realize that fact.

    The 2nd major mistake was trying to build its own make-shift Android app store filled with nothing more than very low-end Android apps which no one wanted.

    The 3rd major mistake was the arrangement with Amazon, which itself is only a 3rd party app store when it comes to Android, filled with mostly low-end Android apps. Blackberry should have realized this with the major flop of the Z30.

    The 4th major mistake was designing the Priv with a fixed keyboard, which may indeed satisfy a few BB diehards, but which very few others want. Blackberry should have realized this fact with the major flops of both the Q10 and the Q5.

    And the 5th major mistake was the Priv's pricing...a very high premium price for a sub-standard device as compared to competitive products in that price range.

    If Chen keeps his promise, Blackberry will most likely announce its official exit from the hardware business within the next quarter or two. Can Blackberry survive on its service business alone? In my opinion, no, it cannot.
    Nov 10, 2015. 06:32 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry closes up 5.5% after Priv gets decent reviews  [View news story]
    @ berry hopeful

    "Android?"

    Not with a fixed keyboard, or at the Priv's current price. At ~$700, there are several far better choices available.
    Nov 10, 2015. 01:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry closes up 5.5% after Priv gets decent reviews  [View news story]
    @ berry hopeful

    "5 million phones worldwide? Is this number impossible?"

    Very unlikely! I'd be very surprised if the Priv sells 1 million units worldwide, let alone 5 million. If very many people still wanted a fixed keyboard phone, the Q10 would have done much better than the flop it turned out to be.
    Nov 10, 2015. 01:00 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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