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  • Sell BlackBerry Now [View article]

    You make perfect sense to me! I wouldn't have agreed with you during the Z10 release that the Q10 should have been first.... but I do now.
    Mar 28 02:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry -1.8% premarket on SocGen downgrade [View news story]
    I must admit, that being BBRY long, I am a little frustrated with the lack of progress by the new BBRY management on meeting and attacking the terrible and frankly unfair perception of the product. I may be too naive to see the big picture like the high rolling and highly compensated new management.

    If I had any control and could be involved (just joking here) I would have spent significant effort very early on in getting a buzz going with selected celebrity and money managers identifying with the BBRY handsets to turn the perception around to properly reflect the reality of the very competitive product. This would be a coordinated effort with steady marketing releases over time with new personal endorsements that would slowly overwhelm the ridiculous negative sentiment that has definitely corroded the company and unfairly. I feel this has been sorely lacking. Some form of innovative marketing with selected people linked to the Blackberry product seems to me as critical but lacking for some unknown reason (likely lost to my lack of large corporate management experience).

    Still, I am hanging in and hoping this eventually happens or someone proves that my concerns are invalid as a rabbit is pulled out of a hat that my lack of experience simply couldn't foresee.
    Mar 27 10:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Important Part Of BlackBerry's Earnings [View article]
    I wish Blackberry management would find creative ways to counter attack the negative vibe in the market surrounding the Blackberry handsets. It makes no sense that the recent Blackberry handsets are perceived as "losers" when you take a fair unbiased look at them outside of all the hype. The negative barbs are all vague (they have to be vague) but have incredible momentum and have done a great deal to undermine the company more than is deserved.

    I don't understand why the BBRY management team don't find an innovative way of removing this aspect of the noose around their corporate necks. Just getting several main stream (popular and well known) people onto the system in a creative way who identify with the Blackberry handsets would go a long way to affecting this aspect of the BBRY perception. After all, it should be clear by now to BBRY management that perception is everything.
    Mar 26 01:47 PM | 15 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Even More Good News For BlackBerry [View article]
    I wonder if Blackberry could find some way of creating a small QNX integration advantage for users of Blackberry hand sets for Ford owners?
    Feb 24 11:39 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Is Still A Great Buy In 2014 And What's Next For The Market [View article]
    So the market is concerned that:

    "Additionally, another somewhat bearish news article broke today in which Typo Products told a U.S. judge that BlackBerry's patent claims were invalid. BlackBerry sued Typo Products in January over an attachable keyboard for the Apple iPhone."

    This makes no sense to me. Would the market expect Typo Products to tell the judge anything different? the back and forth ups and downs within this specific legal case matters not. It also should make no difference when Blackberry states their case. The only thing that matters is the final ruling.
    Feb 20 09:26 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • No Worries, I'll Buy More BlackBerry At $8 Or $9 [View article]
    Great video. It underscores the power of the overwhelming negative press being out of step with the actual Blackberry product.
    Feb 4 09:21 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server Valuation [View article]

    I am glad you chose to include the word "essentially"....

    Not sure how a death certificate would fly if it stated that a person was "essentially dead".

    You do make a compelling argument however that should be weighed carefully by every long investor, me included.
    Jan 31 10:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • VMware's Purchase Of Airwatch May Be Bullish For BlackBerry [View article]
    Michael Blair,

    It's great that learned people like you can uncover this sort of important news. I must admit that I bought into Blackberry for all the wrong reasons just after their new Z10 product launch. My belief in the stock was based on the handsets gaining a foothold in the general consumer market. I thought the bears comments were ridiculous. To say I got it wrong would be an understatement. This was my first time investing in the stock market.

    Then I suffered for a period of time. I felt like George Costanza on Seinfeld when he invested in a stock that started to drop like a lead balloon and he said "I'm goin' down with the ship" but held his position. Watching my investment vaporizing, I told my friends I was thinking of starting an investment firm where people would do the opposite of anything I suggested (just like George did in another episode). Blackberry is now on the rise for reasons I did not remotely forsee and I have decided I am going to hang on to my long BBRY investment and hope it eventually pays me back but I can now admit that if it does perform it's for reasons I certainly never thought of when I put my money down.

    I did however always believe that when a stock is so badly beaten down with the incredible amounts of negative media attention, that it has room to grow if managament can just keep it from going bankrupt. Samsung and Apple seem to be at the top with little room for their stock to increase as would be possible with Blackberry.

    Thank you again for your thoughtful articles.
    Jan 22 02:28 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Focus On Security May Fuel BlackBerry's Turnaround [View article]

    The media was reporting that Blackberry was finished. Besides losing the commercial sales market, Apple and Samsung were supposedly pushing well into the military and security business and eating Blackberry's lunch.

    So it matters not that Blackberry already had the business. Perception changed in Blackberry's favor and quickly on the Pentagon's announcement. Trading is done based on perception. The Blackberry sales numbers are admittedly low. In fact I would agree with you that Blackberry's sales numbers are almost non existent compared to the leaders but is that a bad thing from an investment point of view? Who do you think has more of a chance to gain percentages of the market from this point in time right now? Samsung, Apple or Blackberry? Blackberry is a very risky bet and it is the fact that their current position is a mere drop in the bucket that enables them to have the best possibility for growth.

    It would appear that the Pentagon didn't care what the media had to say. They only cared that the security was solid with Blackberry and not with Apple and Samsung (Android). The Pentagon announcement must have felt like a wet blanket on the rage of media bad sentiment against Blackberry eh?
    Jan 22 08:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Focus On Security May Fuel BlackBerry's Turnaround [View article]

    Got it.

    I get all my clothes at Canadian Tire.
    Jan 21 06:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Focus On Security May Fuel BlackBerry's Turnaround [View article]

    I fully agree with your suggestion. I would bet Blackberry wouldn't have to pay however, to get certain key Hollywood movies. If Hollywood wants a storyline to appear genuine, they will know they "have" to show the use of only "Blackberry" handsets just as they would want Apache helicopters and Predator & AAI Shadow UAV's.

    Hopefully Blackberry would only have to "allow" it. Imagine a heated scene with the top CIA director using an i-phone or a Samsung.... it just wouldn't look right and the directors know it is fact now.

    Maybe it is time to resurrect the phrase "It's hip to be square" just before this whole thing takes off.
    Jan 21 06:39 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Focus On Security May Fuel BlackBerry's Turnaround [View article]

    If the stock ends up taking off, the shareholders will do well and Prem will do well. So while I would agree that Prem will be looking out for Prem and has limited his risk better than we mere mortals are able to, he still gains the most if the shareholders do well. Am I missing something here?
    Jan 21 01:42 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Focus On Security May Fuel BlackBerry's Turnaround [View article]
    I bet your not a teenager though andypochta. I would even bet you can remember when it was "hip to be square".

    Great reply andypochta!
    Jan 21 11:36 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Focus On Security May Fuel BlackBerry's Turnaround [View article]

    The tarnished image Blackberry earned is in the process of being polished and nothing can stop it unless the Pentagon changes their minds and decides to go another route. The "uncool" factor of the Blackberry brand will not stand when people with critical security positions must use the Blackberry phone.

    We will see Hollywood movies soon where critical, high level CIA and the like will be using the Blackberry handset, and the public image will change and quick. I would bet there will even be teenagers that "actually want to have their own Blackberry" in the near future. I realize that handsets are not the focus of Blackberry's new agenda, but I can't help but think that an increase in handset sales will not upset any BBRY management.

    The comparisons to Palm should end now.
    Jan 21 11:24 AM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BlackBerry: The Long-Term Picture [View article]
    Hey Marcap,

    Regarding your BB10 comment, what would it take for you to ever consider investing in any form of Blackberry long?

    Do you believe Blackerry is still an entirely hopless case?
    Jan 10 10:30 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment