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  • Should BlackBerry Sell QNX? Yes [View article]
    @Daniel Harris. Well said and exactly right!
    Nov 22, 2015. 08:54 PM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Should BlackBerry Sell QNX? Yes [View article]
    QNX is critical to success for BlackBerry. QNX is a keeper for BlackBerry.
    Nov 22, 2015. 08:52 PM | 17 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This, But I'm Long BlackBerry [View article]
    @Rocco great article, thank you. Waiting for the CDMA version on Verizon also. BTW I just bought your options book "Basic Options Trading: Options Strategies For Beginners"(Kindle Edition) by Rocco J Pendola online at Amazon.
    Nov 11, 2015. 06:20 PM | 21 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is BlackBerry's Priv Similar To Apple's 1997-2007 Comeback? [View article]
    @BillySnake @Anton however Billy's comment indicates that BlackBerry needs to advertise more with international themes.
    Nov 11, 2015. 12:18 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is BlackBerry's Priv Similar To Apple's 1997-2007 Comeback? [View article]
    @author hope u r right. I think this phone will expand the base, not cannibalize BlackBerry OS10 users (we love our OS10 devices) so I think it's a win-win, and it will shore up Enterprise accounts (existing, new, and planned) because employees under the BlackBerry end-to-end solution will have a choice now.
    Nov 11, 2015. 12:04 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Short Interest Hits Multi-Year Low [View article]
    Great article, Thank you!
    Oct 28, 2015. 11:30 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bet On Priv To Help Turn BlackBerry Around [View article]
    @Michael Blair Loved your article! Positive mental attitude and outlook, honest opinions! "They all lived happily after, the end." This article was exactly what I needed to hear today. At age 54, I did not know I could still appreciate a bedtime story with a happy ending (9:35 PM here in New York :-) Blackberry the company is out of danger, as Chen has said many many times. The whole debate over the future of the handset division is a charming and stimulating strategy and tactics discussion attracting many opinions, but the reality is that handset division is only one dimension of a multi-dimensional and more importantly unique company named Blackberry that is positioned very well to make billions on the next big thing...connected cars. Apple will bring a car, likely with an automotive partner, and the other automakers won't just rollover and die - they - and Google included - are already hedging their bets by forming working relationships with Blackberry and QNX which will be the natural alternative automotive force in the next evolutionary step of the auto. The cars on showroom floors right now are already very much obsolete compared to what is coming in the next few years. The next generation of automotive is coming, and Blackberry is perfectly positioned to be a huge player, and Google continues to be one of the very natural partners for Blackberry in automotive. And lest we not forget IoT, nor forget that Blackberry plays a big role in the defense and government sectors on many levels.

    And they all lived happily ever after, The End.
    Oct 22, 2015. 09:41 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bet On Priv To Help Turn BlackBerry Around [View article]
    @Crispin_in_Waterloo Speaking of video conferencing, I'm wondering if Priv will support BBM video calls. I pointed out on the SA article "Blackberry's Acquistion of Good is a Winner" that BBM video calls are only supported on BB10 devices - that's BBM video calls, mind you - are not supported on IOS or Android. The information is in footnotes at the bottom of the page at this URL:

    For me to buy and really enjoy a PRIV they will need to bring BBM Video Calls to Android. As I have remarked elsewhere, Blackberry's patented "Blackberry Sound (tm)" which is used on BBM Voice and BBM Video calls, is far superior to cellular carrier sound of a normal call. I travel in my work and my wife is often 1000 miles or more away. When I call her from my Verizon Z30 to her ATT Z30 over the cellular the sound quality is so bad that I find myself saying "What?" all the time. However, BBM Video and BBM Voice using Blackberry Sound (tm) is fantastic - it is as if she is right in the room with me. Every word is crystal clear. If Blackberry has not yet ported BBM Video Calls to Android (PRIV) then I will wait until BBM Voice and Video calls with Blackberry Sound (tm) is ported to Android before buying a PRIV.

    See footnote 1 below from the URL provided above - no BBM Video calls on Android or OS - only on BB10 devices - unless they forgot to update this page to make an exception for PRIV...

    1 BBM Video is currently only available for BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Version 1 of BBM for Windows Phone does not support BBM Voice, BBM Channels, Stickers, or location sharing powered by Glympse.
    2 Both parties require BlackBerry OS5 or higher, data plan and Wi-Fi connection for BBM Voice call. Please check with your service provider for availability and restrictions.
    3 Compatible BlackBerry 10 devices, Wi-Fi, 4G or HSPA+ connection required. Additional restrictions apply.
    Oct 22, 2015. 09:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Consider Going Long BlackBerry [View article]
    For the sake of accuracy, I need to reply to my own post to note that there is in fact a "Why Blackberry?" page here:
    and the slogan there is:

    "Serious Mobility for Serious Business"

    which just speaking for myself I find not too catchy but also not too bad. I think it's a credible and honest pitch and one that might gain some long-term traction with enterprise customers. So I correct my previous statement and say with some relief that at least there is in fact a "Why Blackberry?" pitch.
    Oct 21, 2015. 09:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry's Priv Getting Great Initial Reviews [View article]
    The PRIV price is going to be quite the headwind when iPhone6 can be had from $549 and iPhone6s can be had from $649 and when there is a litany of midrange and high-end Android phones in the $649 range and I hear numbers like $799 being kicked around for PRIV launch. Keyboard devices are more expensive to produce and distribute globally because each country needs it's own physical keyboard, unlike a software keyboard which can simply be switched to the language of choice via software features. Since PRIV will also have a software keyboard, some of that problem is ameliorated, but it remains a cost problem for worldwide distribution I think the PRIV has at best an even money chance of being a strong seller. Blackberry has to overcome brand damage and brand confusion, it has also to get a push from associates to sell it. As has been pointed out by others, for example ELLAS, PRIV also has the potential to undermine BB OS10. There are therefore in my humble opinion alot of interferences in the successful selling of the PRIV. In the private sector, where the PRIV could potentially have a strong effect to shore up EMM/MDM customers, by giving employees of companies using the end-to-end Blackberry MDM/EMM solution a choice between Blackberry Android and Blackberry OS10, again the price of PRIV will create trouble. Carriers such as Verizon give away Galaxy devices for example either free or nearly free to corporate accounts, and so IT directors faced with choosing between PRIV units even at volume discount prices and virtually free Samsung devices are going to have a strong incentive to choose handsets other than PRIV. I love Blackberry OS10 devices, and I will probably love PRIV, but I have my doubts about this phone being a commercial success. I hope that Blackberry finds a way to make it at least modestly successful. As others have stated, myself included, significant and effective marketing will be needed, and on the other hand, as JC seems to realize, heavy advertising spend by Blackberry may not be feasible nor possible, and may have only incremental success meaning that units sold per advertising dollar or something like that may not warrant a big ad spend. I think Blackberry has a very big challenge to get this phone launched successfully. It will require alot to get this off the ground successfully, in my opinion.
    Oct 21, 2015. 08:49 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Consider Going Long BlackBerry [View article]
    @JohnFahey Well-played. In fact the last one you quote ("Amateur hour is over") was probably a parting-shot from the in-house marketing team, but management did not get the double-edged joke.
    Oct 15, 2015. 10:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry adds former Canadian government official to board [View news story]
    @BobMorgan I agree with you Bob, if indeed you were being serious. If not, I am: the odds that the recent former Clerk of the Privy Council is joining BlackBerry Board of Directors and the phone is called "Priv" is almost impossible this is a coincidence. Export Canada and the Harper government have close to $1Bn committed to BlackBerry and tax breaks have probably also been granted. Government Canada I would say is taking a more proactive place at BlackBerry now i.e. Wayne Wouters will be Stephen Harper's eyes and ears now at BlackBerry. It's very unlikely the "Priv" is just a coincidence.
    Oct 13, 2015. 11:54 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Will Profitability Ever Come? [View article]
    @Author I liked this article. It presented basic financial facts clearly. I do point out a similar article about Amazon at SA

    The phenomenon of companies facing escalating interest isn't all that unusual and occurs at Amazon which also note lost $57M or -0.12 / share, very similar to BlackBerry which to me suggests BlackBerry is fitting a profile common among techy companies.
    Oct 12, 2015. 12:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Consider Going Long BlackBerry [View article]
    @hopf They did not fail at marketing. They failed to market. Difference.
    Oct 12, 2015. 08:29 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Consider Going Long BlackBerry [View article]
    @bwsf Airbus

    Reference companies:
    Oct 11, 2015. 11:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment