BlackBerry woes. (merged)

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  1. sat165, Sep 19, 2013
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    sat165 macrumors regular

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    Has anyone else taken a moment of silence for the death of RIM

    When i saw the posting on iOS blog that RIM had released their bbm service to apple and android it certified to me my already worrying thought that they were completely dead. Its depressing, to think most of us had a blackberry pre iphone and we used to bbm each other even if we were in the same room because it was just that much better than talking.

    I used to get fits of glee when the little D turned to R and they'd read my message, then suicidal in my bedroom 2 hours later when that person still hadn't replied. Nowadays this 'last seen today' rubbish really does my head in, why cant they have 'read' and 'delivered', why do people need to know that we are online all the time happily messaging other people when we are trying to pretend we are busy to ignore the retard that is watching our status...sure you can always take the 'last seen' off..then your gf thinks your a secretive psycho freak, my gf isnt the retard i want to ignore btw, if youre reading this i love you, who am i kidding your not reading this your looking at my last seen status wondering where i am. psycho.

    Nowadays blackberry has withered and died, with the realisation that after sticking a keyboard on the front of a phone and mastering emails they had absolutely no idea where else to go. BBM used to be the coolest thing in the world, it revolutionized everything...it was msn messenger in your pocket, minus your girl contacts getting on webcam but thats a different story and only applicable to the people who were adolescent teens when msn messenger was in force.

    Imagine if they had brought BBM to iphone before whatsapp, or even just as whatsapp surfaced - they would have stolen the cross platform IM network at a storm and it would now be their biggest revenue earner..probably their only one in a years time. but they couldnt see into the future, the future that all their handsets would fail and become absolutely dead.

    please god dont let it be that fandroid forums start posting messages like this about :apple: in 5 years time.
     
  2. ritmomundo macrumors 68000

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    lmao
    If they do, its because something better came out, and it will be deserved for assuming theyll stay at the top of the food chain forever and failing to keep up (just like rim did).
     
  3. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    RIM still have quite a large presence where I live. Plenty of people own blackberrys. The trend has been one of decline, but they're nowhere near gone yet.
     
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    OP, funny post by the way. Got a chuckle from me.
     
  5. sviato macrumors 68020

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    A few years ago when BBM was still popular I thought that RIM should've made a subscription app for iPhone and Android - $1 per month to use the service. Back then, I think that would've been a hit. I knew a lot of people who would've paid for BBM.

    Nowadays, I think it may be too late. I only know one person with a new Blackberry and everyone else loves their iMessage and Whatsapp. Even if iPhone/Android users do start using BBM, I don't think there's much to gain for RIM.
     
  6. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    My wife is a diehard crackberry fan.
    She has a Q10. Actually a nice smart phone.
    Time will tell whats happens to Blackberry.
    Bell has already rung for Nokia.:eek:
     
  7. thekingofnerds macrumors regular

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    RIM hasn't existed in quite some time. It is now called BlackBerry Ltd. Really wish people (including some folks on CNBC) would stop referring to it as RIM. That's like calling Apple "Apple Computer".
     
  8. sat165 thread starter macrumors regular

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    well you really are the king of nerds
     
  9. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    :D

    king of the nerds looked like a dig ...
    But right on the money.

    Perhaps Apple should buy Blackberry.
    Blackberry owns QNX. QNX is in things like cars.
    QNX is kinda like Objective C in the message passing paradigm.
     
  10. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Just heard on the news that Blackberry is sitting on a huge inventory of unsold phones and will likely have to take write-down again. That latest model that was supposed to resurrect the company apparently isn't doing so well. Don't have a Blackberry, but as a Canadian I'm a bit saddened that this success story has turned sour.

    Blackberry owns some interesting technologies. I'm sure a number of competitors are calculating whether it is cheaper to buy Blackberry sooner and get the brand and the technologies, or wait for bankruptcy and try to buy the technologies at auction. Problem with waiting is that Blackberry may in fact turn itself around or someone else may get there first.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    A tale of two companies - Apple and BlackBerry.

    BlackBerry has announced massive layoffs (4,500) due to staggering losses

    Link: NBC

    Contrast that today with Apple's hugely successful iPhone 5s launch. I say hugely successful, because they had people waiting in line from the prior day, and waking up to order the phones. Stock of the phones sold out so quickly (though inventories were constrained for some reason). The excitement and buzz apple gets is the polar opposite of what BlackBerry is experiencing and in a sense it sad because those 4,500 jobs are 4,500 people needing to put food on the table.
     
  12. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Too bad blackberry. Shame you couldn't pull it round.
     
  13. gkarris macrumors 604

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    This:

    BlackBerry slashes staff, warns of $1 billion loss

    http://money.cnn.com/2013/09/20/technology/blackberry/index.html?source=cnn_bin

     
  14. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Too bad for RIM. I guess they couldn't work it out. Still, that doesn't make all the current BlackBerry's owned by people stop working. I guess I'll be seeing the trend decline even more.

    I wonder what BlackBerry owners will choose as their next handset if RIM really does go under? Will they be more drawn to iOS, Android or Windows Phone?
     
  15. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    The END of BlackBerry. Another one bites the dust.

    BlackBerry lays off some 40% of its workforce, ends consumer focus.

    Quite a lot on the news. (Google search)


    iPhone, with some help from Android has killed off Palm, Nokia, Windows Phone (old one), and now BB.

    Yes, Microsoft is attempting to restart its phone line with massive effort and buying the remnants of Nokia, it faces a huge battle, one that Google will not sit on the sidelines either.

    Any other company that died due to Apple? I know Sony and Nintendo are in tough competition.

    Oh, yes, Kodak in part. collateral damage.
     
  16. aerok macrumors 65816

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    Well another interesting update on this matter.

    http://mobilesyrup.com/2013/09/21/lazaridis-may-make-a-bid-for-blackberry/

    NYT is reporting that Lazaridis might make a bid for Blackberry.
     
  17. Tysknaden macrumors regular

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    Apple has "killed" nothing. These companies killed themselves. Darwin, you know?
     
  18. PracticalMac macrumors 68030

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    Yeup, your right.

    Apple helped. ;)
     
  19. MyMac1976 macrumors 6502

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    There isn't much to blackberry if enterprise and BB messenger and mail are not for sale.
     
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    It's extremely sad to see 4,500 employees lose their jobs because of mis management.
     
  22. satcomer macrumors 603

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    I said it once and I will say it again. BlackBerry (RIM) started failing with businesses when Microsoft released Server 2008 r2 and Domains could now mange phones from the Domain Controller and Microsoft started selling Active Sync to other Manufactures (Apple the later Google). No BlackBerry servers need anymore and the rise of modern smart phones put the nail into BlackBerry.
     

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