RIM Sucks Or Wherein We Discuss the Hopefully Mercifully Quick Death of the Blackberry

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    May 30, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
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    http://gizmodo.com/5914062/rim-in-crisis-as-a-billion-dollars-of-blackberries-and-playbooks-sit-unsold

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    May 30, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    See I actually feel bad about this because for so long I have been a blackberry fan. My last 4 phones have all been blackberries (there was a short stint with an Android that quickly broke). I'm very Type A and need to be able to 'click' my keys per se...I need to be able to make sure everything is correct-spelling, grammar, punctuation to that I can try and express it the way I would be saying it to that person...Sadly my las blackberry just died a few days ago and I am switching to an iPhone. Wish me luck.

    Blackberries are great business phones. That is how I see it. They are good for men/women who have active, very busy business lives and don't need games, and music or anything on their phone other than an MS Office set, email, the necessities of business.

    Do I think they should be marketing billions of dollars worth re-vamping it? No.
    Small doses.

    Great article and comments too-- saying for certain things they kick ass but if they don't get BB10 out before the iPhone 5 the company might just go under.
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    May 30, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    Wait, so this post isn't about rimming?
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    May 30, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    LaidBack saidWait, so this post isn't about rimming?
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  • rf_dal

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    May 30, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    I think they were a big step when they first came out, but now that every phone has Internet on it, they've outlived their usefulness. The need for the centralized server is prohibitive, methinks.
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    May 30, 2012 7:47 PM GMT
    Dinosaur, DoDo bird, passenger pidgeon, VCR, casette, 8-track, black & white, snail mail, BlackBerry. RIP

    I still have one. SHIT!
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    May 30, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    I still have a Motorola flip phone. icon_lol.gif

    An Android, too, but I keep the flip phone active as a backup when signal fades on the droid.
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    May 30, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    LaidBack saidWait, so this post isn't about rimming?
    It was the only reason I checked.
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    May 30, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    Yeah, Blackberry needs to go away. Supporting industry standards, but making you jump through hoops to access those standards? Fuck that.

    I used to just ignore employees who needed a Blackberry set up. When asked why, I told them wasting my day getting their phone to work wasn't worth my time.
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    May 30, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    I LOVED my Blackberry and cannot stand this stupid iPhone! Had my work not changed over to them, I'd still have a Blackberry.
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    May 31, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    Blackberry needs to try harder. The more competition there is, the more it forces the others to innovate. I'm sure they won't ever go away. But at their current pace, they'll remain a niche for business/corporate users.
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    May 31, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    xrichx saidBlackberry needs to try harder. The more competition there is, the more it forces the others to innovate. I'm sure they won't ever go away. But at their current pace, they'll remain a niche for business/corporate users.
    I got a droid/smartphone at the request of my boss.

    Blackberry doesn't even come close to what a real smartphone can do. Not yet, anyway. Once they accomplish that, then maybe they'll start selling again.
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    May 31, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    Dude? Come on man. The title of your thread is so damned mind boggling and complicated that I had to think about it several times before I even decided to click on it. WTH? lol
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    May 31, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidYeah, Blackberry needs to go away. Supporting industry standards, but making you jump through hoops to access those standards? Fuck that.

    I used to just ignore employees who needed a Blackberry set up. When asked why, I told them wasting my day getting their phone to work wasn't worth my time.


    No they do not need to go away. They need to get better. Competition promotes more ideas.
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    May 31, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    despite everyone supposedly dumping blackberry they added another million users.. they now have 78 million active users.
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    May 31, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
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    May 31, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
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    May 31, 2012 11:59 PM GMT
    ChangeofName said
    RuggedRanger15 saiddespite everyone supposedly dumping blackberry they added another million users.. they now have 78 million active users.


    does that supposedly explain why their stock price fell 90% in the past year?


    stock prices dont always reflect reality.. Stock prices are based more on emotions rather than actual facts.
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    Jun 01, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    ChangeofName saidyeah that is true to some degree. volatility is driven by market risk and emotion at times. that does not explain how billions of dollars worth of projected cash flows disappears though (that is how a price of a underlying asset is determined - the present value of its projected future cash flows).


    They said back in January that it is going to be lean for the next 3 quarters. People knew this was coming. They cant make bb10 come out any faster. That last thing they need is to release a rushed product just to appease investors in the short term. They need to work on long term goals.
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    Jun 01, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    ChangeofName said
    This is looking at the long-term trend.

    You'd be exactly where you where had you invested 10 years ago from today.

    Looks like the bubble popped.

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    Cool.. but bb10 hasnt launched yet. That collapse was the result of 2 bone headed CEO's not wanting to change. So they got the boot, a new guy is in charge and something brand new is releasing this year. Not a revision of the current blackberry os but a brand new os built from the ground up. Ive read app developers comments on it.. one said it is on a whole other level compared to ios and android.

    Think of it has a new RIM.. they are starting out again, a small company with a new idea. Hardly anyone is left from the old dynasty.

    Look at apple, they were on the verge of collapse in the 90's, MS had to loan them money just so they could get by. RIM still has billions in the bank and wont need any bailing out.
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    Jun 01, 2012 3:19 AM GMT
    ChangeofName saidyeah but Apple created the best innovative product at the turn of the century and continued to do so for the past decade, in fact they have excess cash flow that is actually detrimental to their growth prospects.

    RIM appears to have been over bought and over valued.

    sure they could come out with a product that surpasses the iPhone, although they already have lost market share to Apple so I dont foresee that happening anytime soon.

    Their competition is obviously Apple, which is the market leader and competes with the likes of Samsung and other well-established manufacturers in the same industry. Ur argument is that they need competition, it looks like they have plenty..


    I didnt say RIM needs competition, im talking about Apple and Android needing competition. Do you really want it just to be 2 different operating systems and thats all.? Apple is already doing what RIM has been doing.. Minor upgrades to the same os 5 times over, same screen size for 5 generations of phones. I know many people that are getting bored with apple phones. If rumors are true, the biggest new feature in ios6 is another row of icons icon_neutral.gif hooray. the innovation is astounding.
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    Jun 01, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    Selling color-themed iMacs to the computer illiterate helped keep Apple afloat until OSX was ready.
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    Jun 01, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    I gave up on RIM/BlackBerry when the damn phone kept wiping out all my contacts and text messages at its convenience when the phone ran out of memory. Even though I set it to delete old e-mail messages after X days....when the memory got full it just started deleting contacts on its own. End of my rant.
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    Jun 01, 2012 4:07 AM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bidFI-Qt77A&feature=player_embedded

    There is already a bb10 theme coming out for ios icon_lol.gif