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  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    Andreas

    This 'mythology' is reconfirmed anytime I see large groups of people. It is not a mystery nor a mystery why. See my note above. When you call to get a new screen they tell you it is $400, why not rather upgrade?

    They used to do the same thing with the 18-month battery in the iPod (2004). The battery thing was planned obsolescence. The screen thing is incompetence.
    Mar 11, 2015. 05:23 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    C_Man

    If you ask a person with a cracked iPhone screen what they have at home, most times, not just some times, they have multiple iPhones at home all with broken screens.

    I am not convinced this was the result of planned obsolescence though. The un-removable battery and inability to expand the memory is the planned obsolescence part. The screen thing is a direct result of S Jobs changing at the last minute from a plastic to a glass screen without having time to re-work the bezel. Look carefully at the screen edge of a BB and an iPhone. The iPhone has far too little protection of the edge of the glass to prevent breaking quite easily it is hits a sharp edge.

    I have seen one (1) Z30 with a broken screen (it also works fine). It was dropped about 5 feet onto concrete which is the test drop at BBRY. If it hits wrong, it can break though not always.

    You can break a Bold screen by dropping it 5 feet, face down at 45 degrees, so the keys hit first. It will strike the keys, rotate about its polar moment of inertia and ram the screen into the concrete at high speed. That will break the screen.

    You can break an iPhone screen by dropping it on the floor from as little as 14".
    Mar 11, 2015. 05:21 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    KIA, it is good job that iPhone fans don't care about customizable buttons because they Can't Have Them Because Apple Didn't Agree! Customizable keys are for Big Boys.

    I suppose an iPhone could have a 'customizable key', right?

    I have never used an Apple ecosystem. Ever. What am I missing? I checked my wallet - everything is still there...
    Mar 11, 2015. 05:10 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    farmersteve

    In terms of corrections that you used to have to make using and all-touch screen, how many fewer corrections do you have to make on the Passport?

    Because I use two devices all the time, I have one of each (Z3 and Q10) So I know the pain of which you speak. But just as a guess, what is the 'productivity' difference'?
    Mar 11, 2015. 05:07 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    I am getting good at the swipe down for numbers. I wish they would put the % sign on the main soft key row. It is and always very inconvenient. We are business, BBRY, we talk in percentages!
    Mar 11, 2015. 05:05 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    Office is a Killer App. Not sure yet about mobile management success, but it is invading the corporate space as well as (though not as fast as) Slack.

    Slack is potentially an existential threat to BBRY. If they were bought by a new (not Apple, not MSFT) company with very large bucks who think outside the box, it would be able to take a bite out of BBM-related future pies.

    Watch that space.
    Mar 11, 2015. 05:02 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    Thank you Bob for making another falsifiable prediction. That is how science works.
    Mar 11, 2015. 04:58 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    I updated my Z3, which was criticised here as having an processor that was too old and slow, and it is using significantly less power than before and obviously I gained all the improvements that came with it. Quite noticeable.

    From the article "Some customers complain that the battery drains too quickly, with devices overheating, like due to constant load on the phones’ aging processors."

    BS. I have traced this to answering ANY question "Yes" about locating you, knowing who you are and ID-ing the device. Just shut off all things to do with geo-location and device identifying crap that the apps have no business knowing in any case. Even BBRY should not get to know where you are. None of their business. If they really want to know where you are they can use the NSA's method of tracking the power consumption and mapping the tower network onto the road maps to make a good guess.

    If you run an app that includes geo-location, remember that this is a multitasking OS. Don't leave that type app open if you are not using it. Turn off ALL 'run in the background' permissions. That is spyware. Some apps 'call home' continuously using battery and heating up the antennas.

    Go into the security settings and turn off everything that is unnecessary for your life, don't worry about theirs. If it wants everything including your grandmothers maiden name and all your in-cloud files, delete the app. Angry Birds for example.

    If it needs your files and device info and connectivity, you do not need that app.
    Mar 11, 2015. 04:56 PM | 9 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    Egon

    I would love to try that to see how much overhead a single-tasking Android OS uses compared with a multitasking QNX OS. Turning on a Galaxy 5 and running nothing used just over 1 gig of RAM on a 2 gig phone. Something like 1.05 gig used.

    BlackBerry simply will not stand for that kind of hogware. Wa-a-ay too many ports of entry.
    Mar 11, 2015. 04:45 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    Thank you Bob for making a falsifiable prediction. That is how science works.
    Mar 11, 2015. 04:43 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    KIA - no room for 4?

    Then they should start by easing away from the pain of iOS. Have you been following the widespread remote locking of iPhones in Australia for $100 ransom? They are getting in through iCloud, the thing many claimed wasn't an issue because the phones were note getting hacked, it was only the Cloud service.

    http://bit.ly/1AkLUYD

    iPhones and iProducts are fundamentally insecure and ordinary people, not big corps, are finding out when their devices are locked by a hacker and for a measly $100 they can have it back.

    The future is in the cloud. The clouds are not equal. If something has to go, let it be Android and/or iOS because they are both written by and maintained by companies that do not have the user as the front focus. Apple is busy building its unique proprietary world, something that even the mighty Big Blue decided was hopeless after successfully ripping off the planet for 20 years. Android is never going to be secure - too much backward-compatible hardware to keep currently connected. Too many bad apps. Too much overhead. Too many processors chowing too much battery.

    BBRY has entirely dumped their Java-based OS in favour of a very powerful light-on-the-CPU new edition that is future oriented, and it is already up and running. They are leading the OS race. We know MS is trying too but they have that bloatware ball and chain around their intellectual ankles. Never going to fly. So near term, BBOS and iOS will take the business space, with a trend away from iOS because they have been, and will be exposed for being, a core element in the spying and data mining scandals. You literally cannot trust them (or Google) to protect you.

    I think there is room for 4, with MS subsidising theirs unto the bitter end.
    Mar 11, 2015. 04:42 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: Look For A Breakeven Fourth Quarter [View article]
    I must say I am surprised by the number of Z10 users. I didn't realise it was that big a slice of the pie. There are a lot of Bold and Curve users in developing countries. Much more common that Z10.

    Having joined the Passport holding community I can attest to the build quality. Bend it does not. I am still getting used to the keyboard. I am very, very used to pressing <shift> on the bottom left!

    Service revenue: Michael, have you considered service revenue from managed devices or is that falling under a different umbrella? Where do you slot the personalised BBM addresses, BBM Meetings fee, that sort of thing?
    Mar 10, 2015. 05:03 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Downgrade: Analyzing The Analyst [View article]
    Storman, it below ten bucks. Short it! Have confidence. This is Goldman Sachs!!
    Mar 9, 2015. 03:16 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Downgrade: Analyzing The Analyst [View article]
    Rick, I did exactly the same thing, after kicking myself for waiting too long last month. Thanks GS. I am another who doesn't believe a single word you print.
    Mar 9, 2015. 03:14 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry -5.2% on Goldman downgrade [View news story]
    Andreas you told us last year it would be below $5. That happened with that?
    Mar 9, 2015. 01:06 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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