Blackberry CEO Denies Z10 Launch a 'Disaster'
Insists He Simply Needs More Time
Back in July new Blackberry CEO Thurston Heins denied that the company was in a "death spiral
," and that the launch of their new Blackberry 10 OS and Z10 smartphone would be just the turnaround the company needed. That clearly didn't happen, with the Z10 selling under analyst estimates (2.7 million units), and some carriers like AT&T not even bothering to seriously promote the device. Heins is now, as you'd expect, defending the launch
, and denying one investor's claim that the launch of the Z10 wound up being a "disaster":
But Mr. Heins, speaking at the company’s annual meeting, told investors BlackBerry just needed more time for a turnaround — and he again sought their patience. Not everyone was biting. One shareholder, referring to one of the new phones, the BlackBerry Z10, told Mr. Heins: "My sense is that the rollout of the Z10 was a disaster." "Were we perfect at the launch?" Mr. Heins responded. "Probably not. Was it a disaster? I don’t think so."
As CEO, your pay grade certainly involves no limit of Kool Aid drinking and sunshine pumping, though the company's recent $84 million loss hasn't eliminated any of the questions about Blackberry's long-term viability.
Re: Huh obviously July of last year..
Who cares about BlackBerry. It's a dead platform now that most and probably all smartphones can sync with Exchange servers via ActiveSync. BES (BlackBerry Enterprise Server) was a albatross around most IT System Admin's necks with it constantly having hiccups. That and the numerous North American relays going down which stopped all messaging for everyone..
Re: The $199 price killed it
said by odreian615:I got mine for $99 (T-mobile), who had it for $199?
Who in their right might would choose this over a same priced iPhone or a Android
BB 10 Disapointment I have been a blackberry fan for along time. I Really enjoyed using their products over many years. I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of BB10 along with the Z10 phone. I was a Storm 1 and 2 fan. (More the 2 then the one) Best smart phone I ever owned. When playbooks went on their first file sale, I bought one. ($300) for a 16 gig. I was Extremely disappointed when the tablet did not even come with Email for crying out loud. Who releases a tablet with no email and Calendar apps by default. I had to wait about 8 months before they released the 2.0 OS. I was very satisfied with it to say the least. However I wanted to try the bridge feature with my phone so I waited for a touch screen blackberry with LTE. (Z10) when I finally got the phone was as happy as a kid at Christmas. I went ahead and unboxed it and turned it on. once I finally got it configured, here is what I did and did not like;
Seems to respond very fast
Camera seems decent too
Dislikes: Looks too much like an iPhone (I AM NOT AN APPLE USER)
I didn't like the way it uses ActiveSync, I liked when you could manage your contacts via your computer with outlook, and desktop manager.
BIS is no more; I don't know why they did this, but I did like the BIS service, along with instant email that even activesync cant beat. I would get my Emails instantly. I really liked my @vzw.blackberry.net email address. Not anymore.
No Option for owa on Exchange; Even though it wasn't Super fast, I did like the fact it offered that.
Playbook Bridging; All I get is a stupid readme and no integration with the tablet. I can control my tablet from my phone. BIG DEAL!!!!! I wanted it to be integrated with my calendar, BBM, My mail App, etc. Like the old phones with the Playbook worked. Then I read that same day, that Thurston Heins says that there will be no BB 10 for the original playbook. This is Bull!!! Needless to say; I took the phone back two hours later to the local store, and bought a windows phone, which runs A lot better smoother, and was cheaper too. Blackberry, many of us loyal users, have kept you afloat in these rough times, and this is how you reward us by not making hardware backwards compatible? Then, I hear they're going to release a cellular model of the playbook this fall. Sorry blackberry, the writing is on the wall. May you rest in peace.