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BlackBerry to shut down phone business

After 14 years in the business, BlackBerry will no longer be making phones. John Chen, BlackBerry’s CEO, said that the company would now be focusing on “software development, including security and applications”. According to Chen, the company may outsource the function of hardware development to external partners. That will allow them to “reduce capital requirements […]

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Devices Opinion

The rise and fall of BlackBerry

A topic close to the heart of many of our readers, the much loved Canadian handset company has experienced some turbulent times in the past few years. There’s no denying that they have made some excellent phones, but they are in the middle of a turnaround at the moment (event T-Mobile US’ John Legere recently said “they’re on […]

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Critical Kit: the BlackBerry PRIV

The latest smartphone from Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, the Android-based PRIV, is now available from Carphone Warehouse from £49 per month with an upfront cost of £59.99, or £559.99 if you wish to buy it without a SIM. The PRIV is also available on BlackBerry’s site and is currently showing as available for preorder at £559.99. BlackBerry PRIV hits the […]

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Hello BlackBerry Passport! Yes.. I’ve got one and I’m using it!

   Thanks to the team at BlackBerry, I have taken delivery of a brand spanking new BlackBerry Passport. You know the one. The super-wide one, with the keyboard. The one you’ve been wondering about. The one you’ve been quietly evaluating for just a few minutes, every now and again, before going back to your old […]

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Devices Opinion

Is BlackBerry still relevant?

  Everyone knows that today, iOS and Android dominate the industry when it comes to smartphones and tablets. It wasn’t that long ago when BlackBerry was a force to be reckoned with, with an army of devoted followers, much the same way that many people are fanatical about Apple today. But in this modern era where […]

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Applications Devices Opinion

Who will win the smartphone OS war?

Here at Mobile Industry Review, we like to keep on top of the latest facts and figures in terms of smartphone and mobile operating system adoption. The industry today is dominated by two major platforms: Google’s Android, and Apple’s iOS. But will there ever be a clear winner, or is is the story more complicated and uncertain? […]

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Devices Opinion

The best smartphones of the past decade

Back in 2004, Android and iOS didn’t exist, Nokia was at the pinnacle of its stranglehold on the industry and the 3G network revolution had only just begun. In the past ten years we’ve witnessed the birth of the truly modern smartphone, with features that seemed like flights of fancy at the time. But today, every phone worth its salt can play videos and […]

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BlackBerry – down but not out

BlackBerry looks to the future These days, few people insist on carrying around a BlackBerry. In fact it’s almost as rare as seeing somebody with a flip phone. BlackBerry stalwarts say that it’s pretty tough being one of the few faithful, especially with the impressive ecosystems of the iPhone and Android, which makes it hard to hold out in the face of […]

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Sometimes I long for the BlackBerry days

Do you remember the good old days when you could:  1. Write a text message to a friend and hit ‘send’, safe in the knowledge that it would be transmitted without any further action? If your BlackBerry didn’t have signal at that precise moment, the message would be queued and then sent when signal was […]

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Opinion

Did you catch BlackBerry’s Open Letter to its customers, partners and fans?

I was reading The Times this morning looking for Bizcrowd ads. I can’t quite remember the advertising schedule we’re operating with the media. I have it written somewhere in a spreadsheet and I routinely keep getting the days and newspapers wrong. So today I bought The Times. I scrolled paged through the paper and didn’t […]

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The BlackBerry Q5: Primed for enterprise?

I was terrifically disappointed to have been unable to make it to BlackBerry Live in Orlando recently. By all accounts it was a super event. I followed much of the updates live from the likes of my friends at CrackBerry and from BlackBerry’s own excellent social update team. I had an inkling that a Q5 […]

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Devices

BlackBerry’s Qwerty Miracle: The Q10 sold out at Selfridges this weekend!

There’s still a lot of love in the room for the Q10. I knew there would be. I KNEW it! Fundamentally, I am faster at typing on a physical keyboard. There are generations of executives who are the same as me. And ever since the iPhone came of age, we’ve been overlooked. We’ve been told […]