BlackBerry (Device)

BlackBerry’s Model Madness

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Every time you stop by the drug store to pick up some toothpaste, you face the paradox of choice, a phenomenon first described by psychologist Barry Schwartz. Schwartz believes that when consumers are faced with a dazzling array of choices, it doesn’t make them happier and more satisfied. On the contrary, they feel stress and freeze up in a kind of decision paralysis. Which brings us to BlackBerry. A New York Times article last week looked at RIM’s poor market performance… continue…

Android Hit 52.5 Percent Market Share in Q3

Android smartphone sales reached a market share of 52.5 percent in the third quarter, according to market researchers Gartner. Some 60.5 million Android smartphones were sold worldwide, up from 20.5 million in the same period a year ago. Android’s rivals didn’t fare as well. The hardest hit: Symbian’s operating system fell to a 16.9 percent market share from 36.3 percent in 2010′s third quarter. Even Apple’s iOS, which had a huge success with its iPhone 4 model in 2010, was… continue…

RIM to Secure Apple, Android Devices, Too

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Research in Motion, playing on its strength in enterprise mobile-device security, is launching an upgrade to its BlackBerry Enterprise Server that will allow management of Android and Apple devices, too. In a press release, Alan Panezic, RIM vice president of enterprise product management and marketing, said the new service, called BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, will provide a single Web-based console to “allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organizations.” It will offer management… continue…

BlackBerry PlayBook’s Limited Time Offer: Just $199

BlackBerry® PlayBook™ starting at $199 at participating retailers for a limited time.
The BlackBerry PlayBook will be going head-to-head with Amazon’s Kindle Fire this holiday season at the same price point: $199. Originally priced at $499, the Research in Motion tablet was discounted to $300 several weeks ago, then dropped to $199 on Monday, the company tweeted. The discount, though only valid for a limited time, could put pressure on the sales of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and more so on Barnes & Noble’s $249 Nook Tablet. For starters, the PlayBook has several… continue…

BlackBerry’s Got More Market Problems

Apple’s iPhone’s passed the BlackBerry among business users, according to another study showing RIM’s device on the ropes. Last year, the report by iPass showed, BlackBerry was slightly ahead of the iPhone, with RIM favored by 34.5 percent of enterprise users compared to 32.1 percent for Apple. This year, however, the iPhone surged to 45 percent while RIM retreated to 32.2 percent. Android-based phones remained in third place, doubling their share from 11.3 percent to 21.3 percent, so still playing… continue…

RIM’s User Base Shrinks While Everyone Else’s Grows

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RIM is the only smartphone platform to see negative growth in subscribers during the three month period ending September 2011, according to the latest data released by comScore. The BlackBerry maker lost more than 1.8 million subscribers and saw its market share drop from 23.5 percent to 18.9 percent. Every other player gained subscribers in the same period, including Microsoft and Symbian, though both are still seeing declines in terms of platform market share. Google’s Android and Apple are the… continue…

Most BlackBerry Business Users May Walk Away Next Year

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It’s news to chill the blood of RIM executives: A broad study of end users and IT decision makers by consulting firm Enterprise Management Associates found that up to 60 percent of BlackBerry users at small businesses will exchange their phones over the next 12 months for something else. So will 30 percent of users at larger companies. The report found that 52 percent of BlackBerry users at enterprises of 10,000 employees or more use the devices for work. But… continue…

The BlackBerry Outage’s Bright Side: Driving Was Safer

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Research in Motion’s three-day service outage left people unable to make calls, access protected business accounts and send messages via BlackBerry Messenger. The result: a whole lot of inconvenience and, if police in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are to be believed, safer roads. Abu Dhabi’s The National reported that during the outage there were 20 – 40 percent fewer traffic accidents in different the Emirates: In Dubai, traffic accidents fell 20 per cent from average rates on the days… continue…

iPhone 4S Sales Could Change the Mobile Landscape

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Since the iPhone 4S became available, it’s been clobbering a lot of sales records, but the number other smartphone makers should keep an eye in this one: Almost a quarter of the buyers around the world told Reuters they were walking away from Android, BlackBerries and Nokias in favor of the iPhone. Reuters conducted an informal and small poll — just a 127 people. But Jason Hiner at TechRepublic says statisticians have told him the past that more than 100… continue…

BlackBerry Outage Day Three: Service Disruptions Expand

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Research in Motion’s (RIM) service outage is spreading. The three-day disruption, previously affecting BlackBerry subscribers in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, is now being reported in North and South America. RIM, maker of BlackBerry smartphones, released a statement saying “BlackBerry subscribers in the Americas may be experiencing intermittent service delays this morning. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience. We will provide a further update as… continue…