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(CNN)   It's the beginning of the end for Blackberry. Well, maybe not the BEGINNING of the end, more like the middle-to-almost end of the end. The end is near, that's what I'm trying to say. Nearer than yesterday   (money.cnn.com) divider line 37
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2013-07-01 08:55:12 AM
2.7 million phones in one quarter seems pretty damn good, and that's before the Q10, which will surely be the more popular of the two new devices.
 
2013-07-01 10:31:40 AM
ehm, i don't believe in RIM at all, but the psychological trend with doomed companies is similar to farting: the loud farts get all the attention, but really it's the silent ones you should be afraid of
 
2013-07-01 10:32:35 AM
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the offices of Blackberry. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was  a beginning.
 
2013-07-01 10:33:43 AM
I'm just glad Microsoft never bought them out during some 4am binge drinking.  I was totally expecting that to happen considering how the BBs are regarded for business and all things outlook/exchange.  In hind sight I'm pretty glad they didn't, microsoft has managed to poop in their own cornflakes regarding everything lately.
 
2013-07-01 10:41:24 AM
Man, this ain't my dad!This is a cell phone!
I threw it on the ground!What, you think I'm stupid?I'm not a part of this systemMy dad's not a phone!DUH!
 
2013-07-01 10:42:03 AM

dj_spanmaster: Man, this ain't my dad!This is a cell phone!
I threw it on the ground!What, you think I'm stupid?I'm not a part of this systemMy dad's not a phone!DUH!


Preview button FTW
 
2013-07-01 10:53:40 AM

Popcorn Johnny: 2.7 million phones in one quarter seems pretty damn good, and that's before the Q10, which will surely be the more popular of the two new devices.


Apple sold 37.5 million iPhones their last quarter. Samsung has been projected to sell around 60 million phone for the year. 2.7 million isn't really a whole lot in the scheme of things. I don't think Blackberry will die anytime soon, they have 3 billion in cash to help them market the hell out of BB10 and their agnostic management software seems like a pretty good idea but their days as a powerhouse of the smartphone market are long gone.
 
2013-07-01 11:02:59 AM

Pentaxian: Popcorn Johnny: 2.7 million phones in one quarter seems pretty damn good, and that's before the Q10, which will surely be the more popular of the two new devices.

Apple sold 37.5 million iPhones their last quarter. Samsung has been projected to sell around 60 million phone for the year. 2.7 million isn't really a whole lot in the scheme of things. I don't think Blackberry will die anytime soon, they have 3 billion in cash to help them market the hell out of BB10 and their agnostic management software seems like a pretty good idea but their days as a powerhouse of the smartphone market are long gone.


And as phones become less about the software put on by manufacturers and carriers but about apps downloaded from stores the lack of market share is only going to hinder them further.  Basically when developing for Android and iOS gives you 90% of the market, why bother with Blackberry or Windows Phone.
 
2013-07-01 11:14:05 AM
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2013-07-01 11:24:24 AM
Blackberry is still huge for business, but that will go away as more companies carefully find secure applications that fit their needs on other OS platforms.
 
2013-07-01 11:36:47 AM

Smeggy Smurf: The Wheel of Time turns.


I've been trying to make it home
Got to make it, before to long
Ooh, I can't take this very much longer, no
I'm stranded, in the sleet and rain
Don't think I'm ever gonna make it home again
The Mornin' sun is risin'
It's kissin' the day

The wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
I don't know where I'll be tomorrow
Wheel in the sky keeps on turnin'
 
2013-07-01 12:05:14 PM
Does this mean Gary Bettman is turning out to be a genious?
 
2013-07-01 12:06:12 PM

Pentaxian: Popcorn Johnny: 2.7 million phones in one quarter seems pretty damn good, and that's before the Q10, which will surely be the more popular of the two new devices.

Apple sold 37.5 million iPhones their last quarter. Samsung has been projected to sell around 60 million phone for the year. 2.7 million isn't really a whole lot in the scheme of things. I don't think Blackberry will die anytime soon, they have 3 billion in cash to help them market the hell out of BB10 and their agnostic management software seems like a pretty good idea but their days as a powerhouse of the smartphone market are long gone.


They already marketed the shiat out of it, and no one cares.  They need to divest themselves of QNX, adopt Android outright, focus on their network and services (which is what they actually do pretty well), replace the board with people who are not complete morons, and make their first action to fire the entire management team.

Thorsten was always Mike and Jim's biatch, which is the only reason he got the job.   They could pretend they weren't in charge any more, and still pull his strings.
 
2013-07-01 12:08:20 PM
I think the best case scenario for BlackBerry is that they stabilize with somewhere around 5 to 10% market share and hope that some externality (security issues? malware? a return to keyboards?) causes users to fall away from the Apple or Android ecosystems.

So, basically, they're screwed.
 
2013-07-01 12:31:28 PM
Subby, I don't care a whit about this story as I have absolutely refused to use a Blackberry for near a decade.  That being said, I still found the headline to be very amusing.
 
2013-07-01 12:32:52 PM
I'm buying the new Blackberry as soon as my current contract runs out.

Iphones are for children, not for work. And certainly not for small business.
 
2013-07-01 12:45:20 PM
Blackberry's been "dying" for a decade. Just like Yahoo's been "dying" for a decade.
 
2013-07-01 12:55:52 PM
Blackberry and Dell prove Warren Buffet's point about not buying into a tech firm. They start hot, go cold, and collapse when their innovation becomes the norm.
 
2013-07-01 01:01:58 PM
EVERYTHING is nearer to the end than yesterday.
 
2013-07-01 01:08:19 PM

Smeggy Smurf: The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the offices of Blackberry. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was  a beginning.


Somewhere, a lady is tugging her hair as her friends discuss how pig-headed Apple is.
 
2013-07-01 01:16:55 PM

12349876: EVERYTHING is nearer to the end than yesterday.


Not the beginning.
 
2013-07-01 01:19:19 PM
Geez, Subby, you missed your chance to paraphrase Winston Churchill; "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Fill in the appropriate specifics, of course.
 
2013-07-01 01:23:46 PM
Other than patents, what does Blackberry have that anybody else would want?

The only thing I used to like about having a Blackberry was it could keep a battery charge for 3-5 days.  My Galaxy S2 is nowhere near that but it gets me through an entire day or so.
 
jgi
2013-07-01 01:28:04 PM

Lollipop165: I'm buying the new Blackberry as soon as my current contract runs out.

Iphones are for children, not for work. And certainly not for small business.


Somebody didn't sell high.
 
2013-07-01 01:28:07 PM
I wouldn't fark blackberry stock with your mom's dick and you pushing.
 
2013-07-01 01:33:01 PM

TheGreatGazoo: Other than patents, what does Blackberry have that anybody else would want?


A secure network tied into most of the world's major mobile carriers.   Data centers located all over the globe.  Three billion dollars in cash.  No debt.
 
2013-07-01 01:37:41 PM

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: I think the best case scenario for BlackBerry is that they stabilize with somewhere around 5 to 10% market share and hope that some externality (security issues? malware? a return to keyboards?) causes users to fall away from the Apple or Android ecosystems.


There are Android phones with decent keyboards, although none of them are particularly big sellers.  They seem to be more of a niche item, since most people don't type enough on their phones to justify the extra weight and thickness.

/I do a lot of typing on my Droid 4's slide-out keyboard
 
2013-07-01 01:37:47 PM

noctaw: 12349876: EVERYTHING is nearer to the end than yesterday.

Not the beginning.


The beginning isn't a thing, it's a concept.
 
2013-07-01 01:43:01 PM

Lollipop165: I'm buying the new Blackberry as soon as my current contract runs out.

Iphones are for children, not for work. And certainly not for small business.


Our senior management recently forced us to go with iPhone over Blackberry devices.  As part the team who needs to support the iPhone within an enterprise environment, I can tell you the iPhone security and the management software for it pale in comparison to even the standard BES setup.

I asked several times why the iPhone was a preferable device and never got a straight answer; usually it was something about a more intuitive interface.  Uh huh.  We don't use any specific apps to do business internally.  Perhaps I'm missing something.

/But I doubt it.
 
2013-07-01 01:47:53 PM
Headline: The end is near

Article: It's going to be a long, drawn-out process.

global3.memecdn.com
 
2013-07-01 02:19:50 PM

Faddy: Basically when developing for Android and iOS gives you 90% of the market, why bother with Blackberry or Windows Phone.


3rd party WP apps kills anything 1st party from any mobile OS. Microsoft would be better off to let 3rd parties do their thing and pay them by the download.
 
2013-07-01 03:09:37 PM

valkore: Lollipop165: I'm buying the new Blackberry as soon as my current contract runs out.

Iphones are for children, not for work. And certainly not for small business.

Our senior management recently forced us to go with iPhone over Blackberry devices.  As part the team who needs to support the iPhone within an enterprise environment, I can tell you the iPhone security and the management software for it pale in comparison to even the standard BES setup.

I asked several times why the iPhone was a preferable device and never got a straight answer; usually it was something about a more intuitive interface.  Uh huh.  We don't use any specific apps to do business internally.  Perhaps I'm missing something.

/But I doubt it.


A you guys using Good?
 
Slu
2013-07-01 03:22:05 PM

valkore: Lollipop165: I'm buying the new Blackberry as soon as my current contract runs out.

Iphones are for children, not for work. And certainly not for small business.

Our senior management recently forced us to go with iPhone over Blackberry devices.  As part the team who needs to support the iPhone within an enterprise environment, I can tell you the iPhone security and the management software for it pale in comparison to even the standard BES setup.

I asked several times why the iPhone was a preferable device and never got a straight answer; usually it was something about a more intuitive interface.  Uh huh.  We don't use any specific apps to do business internally.  Perhaps I'm missing something.

/But I doubt it.


It is a preferable device because the suits that make decisions like this don't care about what is easier for some IT person to administer.  They care about what is easier for them to use, not you.  And this is also a perfectly reasonable position.
 
2013-07-01 04:07:22 PM

IlGreven: Blackberry's been "dying" for a decade. Just like Yahoo's been "dying" for a decade.


Now that you can't write "Apple is almost dead" stories when you walk into the office hungover and the editor wants 500 words by lunchtime its RIM's time.

If i had £1 every time some one wrote that Apple was dead i could afford a new iPad and iPhone every time they made a new one.
 
2013-07-01 08:35:08 PM

Smeggy Smurf: The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the offices of Blackberry. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was  a beginning.


Nice.

/sad that the series is finished
 
2013-07-01 10:32:04 PM

noctaw: 12349876: EVERYTHING is nearer to the end than yesterday.

Not the beginning.




upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-07-02 05:08:57 AM

anfrind: Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: I think the best case scenario for BlackBerry is that they stabilize with somewhere around 5 to 10% market share and hope that some externality (security issues? malware? a return to keyboards?) causes users to fall away from the Apple or Android ecosystems.

There are Android phones with decent keyboards, although none of them are particularly big sellers.  They seem to be more of a niche item, since most people don't type enough on their phones to justify the extra weight and thickness.

/I do a lot of typing on my Droid 4's slide-out keyboard


Meh, I do a fair amount of typing on my gs3, but the swype keyboard is good enough that I don't find it necessary to have a physical keyboard
 
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