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(Bloomberg)   Blackberry tries to reassure customers with ... newspaper ads? They're doomed   (bloomberg.com) divider line 20
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1760 clicks; posted to Business » on 14 Oct 2013 at 8:15 PM (38 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-10-14 08:28:18 PM
After having bought a Blackberry Storm I say the company can go fark itself.

Went Android and never looked back.
 
2013-10-14 09:19:39 PM

Ghastly: After having bought a Blackberry Storm I say the company can go fark itself.

Went Android and never looked back.


The Storm pretty much made Android a household name because it flopped so badly as an "iPhone Killer" that Verizon was forced to work with Google into making the first Droid their next iPhone killer. The Droid campaign worked so well that other carriers like T-Mobile were able to capitalize on the customer interest, so when the Galaxy S was released in the summer of 2010, you had a perfect storm of people wanting Android on a top of the line handset.
 
2013-10-14 09:42:14 PM
I like physical keyboards, are there any decent Android OS phones that are shaped like the traditional Blackberrys?  Currently still using a slide out feature phone, but my contract will be up soon.  I have not really been wowed by my brothers touch screen Android phone.
 
2013-10-14 09:52:54 PM
But that's all they could afford :P

I don't even think anybody wants to buy them at this point.  The company is just going to sink until they turn to nothingness.
 
2013-10-14 09:57:23 PM
When Novell was going out of business years ago our company was evaluating IDM solutions and Novell was on the list because there were only three companies at the time that made anything useful.  It came down to Novell and Oracle, but Novell's solution was by far the better, and cheaper option.  It was a phenomenal product, but by then Novell's name was garbage, so we asked them to come in and do a sales demo.

Oracle came in with hot women, video presentations, and testimony from other companies that had spent the millions of dollars to evaluate their solution.  Novell came in with a Powerpoint presentation, on paper, because their projector broke.  Their presenter had a cold and a giant snot bubble that kept popping out of his nose.  I've never seen a company with such a good product do such a stunningly incompetent sales pitch in my entire life.

So meet Blackberry, the New Novell.  These people can't market themselves out of a paper bag.
 
2013-10-14 10:03:39 PM

Lsherm: These people can't market themselves out of a paper bag.


Nor can they engineer themselves out of a paper bag, much less a decent device.  But to be fair, engineering requires a non-moran brain.
 
2013-10-14 10:07:16 PM
Ah, yes, the "news-paper". I remember it. They would take sheets of mashed wood fiber and lay them out. Then they would smear ink in the fiber in the form of letters. They took stories from the internet and arranged them on these sheets to simulate displaying them on a screen. They were very hard to update so you had to throw them away and make new ones every time a new story appeared. And people paid for this.
 
2013-10-14 10:10:49 PM

natgab: I like physical keyboards, are there any decent Android OS phones that are shaped like the traditional Blackberrys?  Currently still using a slide out feature phone, but my contract will be up soon.  I have not really been wowed by my brothers touch screen Android phone.


Moto Admiral
 
2013-10-14 10:14:25 PM

The Bestest: natgab: I like physical keyboards, are there any decent Android OS phones that are shaped like the traditional Blackberrys?  Currently still using a slide out feature phone, but my contract will be up soon.  I have not really been wowed by my brothers touch screen Android phone.

Moto Admiral


---Thanks, I'll look into it.
 
2013-10-14 10:19:08 PM
Dear Blackberry,

Sell yourself to Google or Samsung.

Sincerely,

Miguel Sanchez
 
2013-10-14 11:29:18 PM
Print? Are you serious?
 
2013-10-15 01:03:25 AM

natgab: I like physical keyboards, are there any decent Android OS phones that are shaped like the traditional Blackberrys?  Currently still using a slide out feature phone, but my contract will be up soon.  I have not really been wowed by my brothers touch screen Android phone.


Not in this country.

Still use my G2.
 
2013-10-15 04:47:00 AM
In fairness, it *IS* hard to read news on a blackberry.  Their customers probably buy the paper daily.
 
2013-10-15 04:48:09 AM

natgab: I like physical keyboards, are there any decent Android OS phones that are shaped like the traditional Blackberrys?  Currently still using a slide out feature phone, but my contract will be up soon.  I have not really been wowed by my brothers touch screen Android phone.


Dont be afraid of this.  I used to feel this way, but now when I have to use one of the physical keyboards it slows me down horribly.
 
2013-10-15 06:34:45 AM
Rule No 1:

4.bp.blogspot.com
Never let them see you bleed
 
2013-10-15 08:10:50 AM
I'm reading this on a Blackberry Bold, which is about to freeze for no reason requiring battery removal and hard reboot - the reboot taking a very, very long time. Not exactly robust hardware. My mistake was using the broswer at the same time as listening to music.
 
2013-10-15 12:20:22 PM
What's a "newspaper"?
 
2013-10-15 01:19:09 PM

TheSwizz: Nor can they engineer themselves out of a paper bag, much less a decent device.  But to be fair, engineering requires a non-moran brain.


The current generation of devices doesn't really seem that bad*, but it doesn't matter - nobody will buy them because everything they built for a solid 5 years was a total piece of crap compared to what the competition was producing. One way or another, they're getting out of the handset device. They could invent the Next Big Thing and nobody would buy it.

* - they're nothing special either, but 'nothing special' is a huge step forward for this company
 
2013-10-15 01:41:06 PM
I work for a newspaper, so I'm getting a kick, etc.
 
2013-10-15 04:41:44 PM
Blackberry will announce their newspaper blitz via Pony Express.
Pony Express will send instructions to their couriers via smoke signals.
The smoke signals will be made by the guy with the biggest rock tied to a stick.
 
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