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Opinion

Bad news: Almost everyone at MWC had an iPhone!

[Note: This post was originally published as the main editorial in the Mobile Industry Review newsletter. Would you like to receive it in your inbox now-and-again? It’s free to subscribe.] Bad news. Or, is it good news? Let me know what you think… I arrived into Barcelona as the city bathed in glorious, glorious sunshine. […]

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Devices

Manufacturer that’s meant to be dead is #1 UK Smartphone vendor for the 2nd year running (That’s RIM, in case you were wondering)

A bit of news in from RIM this afternoon that’s sure to a) keep the RIM UK team smiling and b) require a bit of a reset from the hordes declaring RIM-is-dead when it clearly isn’t: The latest results from data firm GfK show that BlackBerry® was the #1 selling smartphone in the British market […]

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Opinion

The “BlackBerry’s Dead” Myth: 4 out of 5 SMEs I called are staying with RIM for “foreseeable future”

I did my own BlackBerry research the other day. I must qualify this post’s headline — I called five SMEs to talk about their BlackBerry usage.  Each of the companies I called are British companies, they are all primarily engaged in the manufacturing industry and they all employ 25-500 people. I think I probably called […]

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Devices

BlackBerry DevCon Europe: 50% ticket discount (and a free PlayBook!)

Here’s a rather useful offer for readers wanting to witness the birth of RIM’s next generation OS, BlackBerry 10. Over to the team at BlackBerry Europe: The inaugural BlackBerry® DevCon Europe 2012 takes place on February 7th and 8th in Amsterdam, and we want you to be there. By attending, you’ll be among the first […]

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Devices

Thousands queue for RIM’s Bold 9790 in Jakarta

Thousands of people in Jakarta, Indonesia, clearly haven’t got the BlackBerry-is-dead memo. I think I’m still right in saying that BlackBerry is still the #1 selling smartphone in the UK, along with dozens of other territories. Arguments like, “Yeah but it’s students buying them,” or “No, but” or “Yes but” don’t count. In many countries, […]

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Devices Services

Got Office 365? Excellent, you get BlackBerry services free of charge

The business cloud services space is hotting up big time. Google’s been at it for quite a while with Google Apps and they’ve recently been joined by Microsoft’s Office365… which is getting rather compelling. I’ve checked it out and I found it pretty smart — indeed I remember commenting that if Office365 offered BlackBerry service […]

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Devices

BlackBerry DevCon: RIM’s fighting strong

I was really looking forward to BlackBerry’s DevCon Americas event last week. I was especially interested to take the temperature of the RIM team and the BlackBerry hopeful. I wasn’t sure what I’d encounter. If you believe any of the media stories circulating recently, RIM is toast. The service outage didn’t help the company’s reputation. […]

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Applications Devices

RIM’s $100 App World outage compensation: Good move

You’ll have no doubt heard that RIM will shortly be offering $100 worth of application downloads to every consumer as compensation for last week’s outages. This is a good move, for a number of reasons. 1. It’s a tangible offering — real apps, real brand names 2. It’s a recognition of the annoyance and frustration […]

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Devices

Ah, welcome back BlackBerry Bold!

I’ve had my BlackBerry Bold relaxing for the last few days whilst I have been traveling from place to place. I’m doing my best to avoid rewarding my operator(s) for offering really poor data roaming rates by refusing, where possible, to use them. I’ve therefore managed to avoid using the Bold for a few days […]

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Applications Devices

Deploy your Android or HTML5 to the PlayBook in 5 minutes at DevCon

If you’ve got an Android app or an HTML5 app that you’d like to see working on the PlayBook, I strongly recommend checking out this rather swish offer from the DevCon team. All you need to do is turn up on site with the app code (A “COD” file bundle, whatever the hell that is) […]

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Services

RIM’s outages were bad, but I think the immediate damage is limited

It’s a total unmitigated arse when your technology doesn’t work as expected. I’ve got an email account at one of the companies I consult with regularly. They’re a top FTSE 100 firm and they were seriously challenged by this week’s BlackBerry outage. One of the implications of the continued outage was that the company’s help […]

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Opinion

The danger for RIM: Compounding negative press stories

I’m a big, big fan of RIM, makers of BlackBerry. Huge fan. Their devices and their services irrevocably changed my life for the better. In today’s fast paced, always-on connected environment, it’s super-important for RIM to continue to manage their reputation aggressively and offensively (as apposed to playing defence — or, in some cases not […]