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New Blackberry CEO Promises They're Here for 'Long Haul'
by Karl Bode 04:30PM Wednesday Nov 13 2013
"We remain committed to delivering high quality products and services to the millions of people who rely on us globally," new Blackberry CEO John Chen stated this week in a letter to customers posted to the Blackberry website. Chen was named new CEO last week after the company announced they'd scrapped plans for a sale. "We also want our customers to know that BlackBerry has significant financial strength for the long-haul," promises Chen. That financial strength won't be helped by the continued lack of compelling next-gen product, including this week's Verizon-exclusive launch of Blackberry's Z30.

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workablob

join:2004-06-09
Houston, TX
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Reading his statements

is like watching old people eat.

Blob

jay608
Going Nucking Futs

join:2007-01-22
Chicago, IL

Same song and dance

Looks like the same song and dance of any new CEO coming into a company. Still a dying ship..
WhatNow
Premium
join:2009-05-06
Charlotte, NC

A real story would be we are closing the doors by the end of this year.

or until we go bankrupt or get bought.

IowaCowboy
Iowa native
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Springfield, MA
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·Comcast

Their days are numbered

Blackberry is a dying brand, Apple and Android are much more popular.

There is a point where a brand should raise the white flag and file for liquidation. Just like Kodak was the number one film brand, now camera phones outnumber film cameras. Blockbuster used to be a powerhouse in video rental, now they are going bye-bye. I think BlackBerry is headed to a similar fate.

It's not just the phone itself, it's you got to have apps to feed the phone. App developers are going focus their energy on phones that dominate the market like iPhone and Android. People are going to buy phones that they can get the biggest selection of apps for.
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I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.

I have not and will not cut the cord.
sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
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Re: Their days are numbered

In the latest leaked version of the OS you can install APKs directly onto your phone, even off the web. You can also install amazon's kindle app market and 1mobile app market.

Rogue Wolf
Ate the Leftover Chicken You Had Saved

join:2003-08-12
Troy, NY

Grab an oar...

...and start rowing hard, Mr. Chen. Because that company you just got the keys to is circling the drain fast.
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I may have been born yesterday, but I've spent all afternoon downtown.

tmh

@verizon.net

People still use Blackberries?

What do they provide that ios or 'droid doesn't?

jtl999
CEO of Actiontec Dev Team

join:2012-11-24
In the GVRD
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Re: People still use Blackberries?

Some placebo of "security" apparently. One of my future projects would be a secure app sandbox for Android with encryption.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
business and gov't agencies that use their own BES and do not want to give it up to some fully open system- android or a locked down no control device of Apple.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH
Actually the President and his staff use them as well. Something they won't give up.

jpbkslave1

@65.202.145.x
What does ios or 'droid provide that BlackBerry doesn't?

"Oh look, crap-tier mobile games!"
Bob61571

join:2008-08-08
Washington, IL

The "Long Haul" for Blackberry means

365 days, or less.

My employer is asking all Blackberry users to get new Android or Apple phones by 31 DEC 2013, because they will be cutting off Blackberry access then. Not enough users to justify the expense.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: The "Long Haul" for Blackberry means

What real expense? Many companies now farm out their BES services to other IT providers. Email and all. Blackberry means security that Apple and Android lack.

AnonMe

@comcastbusiness.net

Reminds me of....

"No new taxes!"

"I did not have sexual relations with Ms Lewinski."

Deny, deny, deny! Just because you say it over and over doesn't make it true. BB should have their PR people look at themselves from outside the walls of the corporate office, just to hear how silly their statements are!