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  • Don't Worry About Apple, BlackBerry Already Is Bottoming Out  [View article]
    Meaning that BlackBerry could have increased its world wide market share by 2.6%. I'm sure that's what you meant.
    Aug 12, 2014. 12:26 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Are Apple And IBM Really Going To Take BlackBerry To The Cleaners?  [View article]
    Nice write up.
    Jul 17, 2014. 12:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple, IBM in far-reaching enterprise partnership  [View news story]
    I already have in the only way that's important. And if BB takes a hit to its share price over the next week or so - I'll add to my bet, just like I have every other time its been pronounced "dead" over the last couple of years.
    Jul 15, 2014. 06:33 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple, IBM in far-reaching enterprise partnership  [View news story]
    BlackBerry doesn't have to do anything but continue with their business plan. Does anyone actually think these two bureaucratic monsters will actually work well together? Apple is notorious as a closed OS. BlackBerry has defined the four niche's it will go after, and within a quarter or two they will be returning to profitability.
    Jul 15, 2014. 05:48 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Might Make It  [View article]
    Any company can "make it" if it finds a niche and has proper management and financial backing. Blackberry has all these in place.

    The worst thing IMO would be for BlackBerry to be acquired and I would be the first to write to my MP opposing it.
    Jul 15, 2014. 03:36 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Might Make It  [View article]
    I have been slowly weaning myself off anything "Microsoft" (IE, Word, Excel, etc). What I loved about Hein's vision was using your smart phone as a portable computer. That would allow me to completely eliminate Microsoft.

    Having said that it is not surprising perhaps that your article doesn't resonate with me much. And I find it very surprising that you don't talk much about the Classic coming out in the fall. That is the phone that is meant for people like you who were attached to their 9900 and were disappointed with the Q10 and its lack of the belt. I believe the Classic will be BB's first real comeback hit.

    I love what BlackBerry is doing right now, and apparently the market agrees. I would like to see it grow into a high end brand like BMW in the auto sector. I've always felt that all BlackBerry ever needs is 5% of the smart phone market.
    Jul 15, 2014. 11:03 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry invests in healthcare software firm, will jointly develop phone  [View news story]
    What we are seeing now is the small incremental steps that BB needs to take to retrench, stabilize and then return to growth. The retrenching phase is coming to a finish. The stabilizing phase is at hand. Phone sales and services will stabilize now that it is seen that BB is in it for the long haul. We will see some surprises as we start to see quarterly phone sales actually reflect what has occurred. There will be a huge boost as the massive $800 million/year patent royalty payments end this year. Finally, most of the "teething" issues with the new software BB10 are dealt with. What we have now is a very smooth and compelling OS that can now focus on adding in the "wow" factor on future releases.

    I love the discipline of John Chen when he says that they need to make money in everything that they do. This alone will make a huge difference in the way the company evolves.

    Everything is unfolding as it should.
    Apr 17, 2014. 10:39 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • John Chen's First Mistake  [View article]
    Windows phone may not be the "success" you think it is. It would seem much of their traction has come from very cheap lower end phones, not exactly the enterprise type users you are referring to. This is backed up by a report on BGR that showed that developers for Windows phones make the least amount of return for any platform by far.

    So I would speculate that there is a large disconnect between the enterprise users of Windows software and the phone users. Blackberry likely knows this too.

    Evidence seems to indicate Windows 8 has been a failure in general, and it sounds like at least one pc manufacturer (HP) is bringing back Windows 7 due to popular demand.
    Jan 23, 2014. 10:50 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Rebirth Of The Original Gangster  [View article]
    When a lady plays hard to get, often a man will have more success with her after he "gives up" on her and starts looking at other women.

    I wonder if this will turn out to be the story of Blackberry and the consumer market.
    Jan 22, 2014. 07:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • More on BlackBerry: Fairfax and others investing $1B, Heins officially out  [View news story]
    This is a good news day for me. Short term pain for long term gain. I will be holding onto my shares.

    Some of the moves made by the previous board and CEO just left me in bewilderment. Time to move on. And as for marketing . . .

    BB is well positioned. The BB10 OS is solid, the apps are coming, nice family of phones, BBM is giving BB a much needed boost.

    I think I may have to buy a Z30 now.
    Nov 4, 2013. 09:43 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A BBM Spin Off Could Be Interesting For BlackBerry Shareholders  [View article]
    Very nice to see that despite the efforts of the "Kill BB" crowd, BB has actually enjoyed a very positive week (even BGR had positive commentary)!

    BBM in my mind will achieve several things for BB.
    - Start to change the negative sentiment towards the company
    - Build a major social media hub
    - Introduce the BB10 interface to users of other platforms
    - Create income through the BBM Channels

    I have suggested previously that it would be nice to have BBM spun off to existing shareholders, since the market isn't giving it any value. The actions of the BOD and management haven't given me much confidence though that shareholders are a priority.
    Oct 25, 2013. 12:11 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lazaridis, fellow co-founder considering BlackBerry bid  [View news story]
    I'm very happy to see this. I emailed my MP only this morning to say that the Government of Canada needs to get involved and ensure that Blackberry doesn't end up either in foreign hands or broken up. I hope more out there do the same.

    Lazaridis is a technical genius. If only we can find a business counterpart for him, it would be a perfect combination.
    Oct 10, 2013. 02:30 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Look Into The Anatomy Of BlackBerry's $1 Billion Loss: More Like An Autopsy Than A Diagnosis  [View article]
    Blackberry the stock has been played all along, and I don't think many of us will see this as a revelation. Initially, it was (IMO) the shorts playing the stock for their own agenda. However, I believe it is now Blackberry itself that is playing with its own stock price as evidenced by all the perplexing announcements it has made.

    The end game is near. I feel strongly that Prem will see his bid through. He has a long track record, and it wouldn't make any sense for him to "renegotiate this" when he is on the record several times specifically saying he doesn't do that. If no other competing bids come up, Blackberry will be taken private, and at that point the real action plan will unfold. BBM will release, and probably a few other goodies. If "they" are smart, they will take the opportunity to remove all those employees that are better off elsewhere, and will come out of this an extremely lean and efficient company.

    My outlook is the same. I strongly want BB to remain a Canadian company. If it can't do that as a public company, then Prem's bid is the next best thing.

    I will pick up a Z10 if they go "on sale" to complement my Q10. Love the phones.
    Oct 2, 2013. 02:25 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • This May Be Time To Cash Out Of BlackBerry - Time Is Short  [View article]
    This is quite a departure from your previous views.

    I was quite impressed with how Prem has completely stuck his neck out regarding his $9 buyout. He has put his credibility on the line. I also believe he is looking for a legacy, and what better legacy could he have then turning around Canada's premier technology company.
    Sep 30, 2013. 11:22 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry EPS in-line, misses on revenues  [View news story]
    @ Ashraf.

    I would love to. But its like the title to one of my favorite songs - No Time.


    Because of the change over in revenue recognition, the revenue from the extra 2.2 million phones was booked last quarter and not this one. So we don't have an accurate picture of what revenue would have been this quarter under the new system were that 2.2 million phones included.
    Sep 27, 2013. 01:50 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment