(Updated) Blackberry Planning “What’s Next” Event For T-Mobile In March?

Update: T-Mobile PR reached out to me and advised me this event is for business-2-business and Blackberry. No new products are expected to be announced. 

If any of you out there are still interested in what Blackberry has to offer, I’d keep your eye on March 15th and a T-Mobile/Blackberry event taking place in Washington D.C. Admittedly, we’re a little short on info outside of an invitation that was forwarded to us by an attendee. It’s the first time we’re hearing about it and with the knowledge that Blackberry isn’t rumored to have anything truly amazing on the horizon, we’re not sure exactly “what’s next.” Other than a new CEO that is. The invitation does call this a “sneak preview of Blackberry’s latest and upcoming technology…” so we’re hopeful something new will be shown off…say Blackberry 10 devices?

This is an invite-only event and we honestly don’t know any more about it than what you see here. Rest assured we’re already looking into this however and trying to discover what Blackberry could have in store.

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  • shoephone

    I know, its a Blackberry Shoe Phone! 

    • http://goo.gl/1056j Ironzey Lewis

      Blackberry Cowbell.

      • Frigadroid

        Im waiting on the deluxe with more cow bell.

    • Anonymous

       Missed it by “that much”…….

      • Tbyrne

        “sorry about that chief!”

  • This Way

    It says 7 not 10… so Who Cares. If its a new 7 device it will be obsolete soon.

  • Anonymous

    just die already. ur not even good enough to compete

  • Anonymous

    Crackberry still exists?

    I guess there are still enough old school MBA’s who will buy them.

    • Anonymous

      “Crackberry” ?  Nobody calls a BlackBerry a “crackberry” anymore.  The “old school MBAs” are the ones making money.  You, on the other hand, are probably wearing a nametag at work, so I couldn’t expect you to understand anyway.

      • Anonymous

        Funny you say that… I have an MBA and am forced to have one at work as well :-(

        However i’d like to not think of myself as old for i am in my early 30′s (screw anyone who thinks that’s old btw!!!)

         Luckily i have my 4S for personal use.  Employer is ditching bb this June though so its between ios5 and windows phone.I’m actually hoping for windows phone because i already have a 4S and love it for personal use. A nice windows phone would be good to have just so i can play with both Operating systems.

      • None

        There is a very popular website that would disagree that crackberry is no longer an acceptable term.

  • Anonymous

    Yay.  More QWERTY phones that look like an almost exact copy of the previous iteration.

    /s

    • Anonymous

      As opposed to Android phones or iPhones that look exactly the very 1st ones that came out?

      • Anonymous

         I will admit that it’s hard to change the design of a large touchscreen and a small bezel.  However, it does seem like those phones are going thinner and sleeker.  And as far as the Android ecosystem goes, there’s a lot of variety in form factor and looks.

        My issue with Blackberry design is that for the past few years, the phones have looked almost exactly the same.  I was just looking at the Blackberry Bold design from 2008-2011 and it is virtually the same phone with the exception that the latest iteration is a tad slimmer.

        There is one big exception to this.  If I wanted a portrait QWERTY phone, I would be all over that Porsche Design phone.  If they could make significant changes/updates to their phones like that, I think a lot more people would be blackberry fans.  (I haven’t taken their new OS for a whirl yet, so I can’t comment on that aspect).

        • None

          I 100% agree.  Slap that Porsche design on a current blackberry and people will buy it in a heartbeat.  *average* customers do not care about specs and would be all over an innovative design.  For the life of me, I do not understand why RIM does not get that.

  • HMM

    More time being wasted by tmobile…. great

    • Lazaro Casanova

      I’ve been reading these blogs every day for any sort of small glimmer of hope for galaxy nexus on tmobile and instead we get an announcement for (drum roll please)…blackberry. At this point I’m convinced Tmobile USA just wants to fail to show us all that the AT&T merger was really the best route to take. Meanwhile Tmobile UK is releasing it’s second galaxy nexus in white and all of our friends in Canada have it too.

      • Anonymous

        Just buy a Galaxy Nesux unlocked from NewEgg.

        • Lazaro Casanova

          Cool just let me borrow $600 to buy it unsubsidized. Can I also borrow a warranty along with that?

        • Anonymous

          Paying an extra $20/mo somehow makes a phone cheaper?

        • Lazaro Casanova

          Definitely not cheaper….but easier to pay for.

        • None

          I would buy it if it came with a warranty and some support.

        • Anonymous

          Why do you think a Samsung phone wouldn’t have a warranty?

      • Vim

        I’d lay odds that the upcoming Samsung T999 (NOT the T769 which is most likely the Blaze) is either a T-Mobile Galaxy Nexus, or something highly similar with TouchWiz thrown on top. 

        • None

          When does it release… Like the other poster, I just look for any glimmer of hope.

        • Vim

          Unfortunately, I have no idea.  There have been no official announcements and just a single leak so far.  If it’s going to have Touch Wiz on top of ICS, then Samsung is probably still working on integrating them together.  The reason why it is interesting is because its “T” prefix denotes a phone that will be produced for T-Mobile. 

        • Vim

          Let me further add that while some people believe the T999 may be the Blaze, that’s probably not the case due to the display resolution mismatch.  The Blaze is a member of the Galaxy S2 line and is known to have a WVGA display while the T999 leak specifies a 720p display just like on the Galaxy Nexus. 

      • Tbyrne

        That’s why major problems have just surfaced with at&t customers losing all data connections due to a new malicious throttling campaign. Look it up. Your precious death star is starting to show it’s true nature. Sucks to be an at&t customer right about now!

  • Royalco

    Well at least they work,and very well.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee J. Williams

    Maybe it’s the new blackberry that got leaked. Who knows?

  • Anonymous

    Great more garbage from blackberry

  • http://twitter.com/CactoesGel Dean Darkblue

    Will Blackberry release the Galaxy Note in five different colors including clear?

    Hmmm…

  • Anonymous

    I’ll save you all the trouble. What’s next for Blackberry? Irrelevancy, then bankruptcy. 

    • http://www.heartinsanfrancisco.com/raa.htm ItsMichaelNotMike

      Brief and to the point eh.

      In your comment the former has arrived, the latter won’t as RIM will be acquired (they have some patents that are worth coin, but not as much as RIM investors and brass want. However, if they wait too long any potential valued sale will tank like the AT&T acquisition did.)

      • None

        Comparing a RIM acquisition to the attempted ATT acquisition?  I think even you are smarter than that analogy.  Please hang up and try your call again.

        • Anonymous

          I have to agree.

    • None

      Bang… As much as I will miss them, I believe you are right.

  • justin_bieber_fan

    perhaps blackberry is announcing there retirement 

    • Anonymous

      their*

  • Matthewsj

    So when is T-Mobile announcing the HTC Titan?

  • Lonni

    When the HELL is the white Blackberry Bold 9900 coming out for tmobile??? …. Im like tired of waiting for it like damnnnnn just release it GOSH!!!

    • Th3problem17

      its come and gone your late.

      • Kirk

        You’re.

        Learn the difference.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Obviously they are going to supply the Pies at the Internation Tmobile Tizen Event that day (No it’s not a Tizen Event scheduled for that day as far as I know at least).  Blackberry Pie :D

    Just kidding, I’m hoping that Blackberry announces some Major things as we need more competition and more than 3 OS choices.  I’m not a fan of BB (I don’t hate BB, just never cared for them) but I just hope they do something big.

  • Nearmsp

    As a former BB user and current SGS2 user (and a future iPhone user) RIMM – it is too little too late. You failed your loyal users miserably. Having tasted the joys of touch phones I will never go back to a BB. Feel sorry to see a great company headed to the Nortel dust bin.

    • Anonymous

      Why would you go from a beast like the SGS2 down to an iPhone? I was looking at one last night and the screen is so tiny. I don’t know how people put up with it. 

      • JBLMOBILEG1

        I was thinking the same thing. I understand maybe coming from an iphone and then to a Sg2… ~but that’s about it. I also know a afew ex Android users who picked up an iphone after owning an Android… and while they enjoy their iphone I’ve noticed they had more complaints about it than users who’ve never owned an Android. They also owned an older Droid so the difference wasn’t too big… but coming from an Sg2… I think you’ll end up hating your iphone.

        • Anonymous

           The iphone isn’t that bad, i have the Sg2, and i gotta admit each have their advantage, it’s all personal preference, and the next iphone isn’t gonna be 3.7′ screen anymore

        • Littlesis1774

           According to the rumors there suppose to bigger screen, LTE, and it suppose to be waterproof and I think it might have siri.

        • Anonymous

          One of my interns has this discussion every week and almost every other day i made fun of him for having to pull out his battery to reset his device.  Also i make fun of him for the flickering on his screen and having to do all these warranty exchanges with t mobile.  I told him to listen to me because i’m older and wiser and he finally did.  He swallowed his pride, got a 4S and likes it better because he sense the better hardware quality and overall stability.  He does admit that he  misses the screen size but he was more than happy to get peace of mind and he indeed had a Samsung galaxy s2 but prefers the screen quality of the 4S and he feels the camera is better.  Of course i defected him to AT&T as well to get the referral credit… But hey he’s 21 so i figured it was time for him to get off his mom’s plan and get his own service.
           
          The point is that everyone’s experience is different, sitting and wondering why someone enjoys something is a waste of time until you get actual feedback from people that have done just this.  This doesn’t mean that every person that does this enjoys iPhone better, i’m just sharing an experience that relates to this and supports the idea that people do enjoy iPhone after experiencing android.  For some reason avid android lovers don’t seem to like the idea of this.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe you’ve never appreciated the screen quality on one but that’s a very subjective view and you aren’t looking at the overall dynamic in your understanding of why someone would do that / put up with anything.  Every phone has its flaws, but it’s very safe to assume that various android handset manufacturers do things very differently and thus sometimes unwanted things occur in the overall user experience of most modern android handsets.

        Furthermore, Mr Tech you should also consider that very man people that have defected from the T-mobile network for its lack of iphone phone.  You may not understand it but there must be something there that’s making people enjoy the iphone so very much.

        • Anonymous

          don’t get me wrong, the iPhone is a fine device. I personally could never go back to such a small screen after using something with a 4+ inch screen. That is all. And I wish we did have the iPhone so we could get back some of those customers. But, as we saw with sprint and Verizon last quarter, they both had a decrease in revenue due to the high level of subsidy required by Apple. In fact, Sprint gained 1.3 million customers and lost money for the quarter. That itself speaks volumes. We are still running a profit. 

        • Anonymous

          Don’t let carriers fool you with their coy accounting skills.  I’m sure iphone is impacting the bottom line a bit, but there is definitely money to be made having the device on any carrier.  

          As i read on giga om, carriers may be using it as an excuse to leverage more control against Apple.  Also, they could be manipulting the bottom line to reflect just this.  So I think analysits are starting to realize and catch on to what vzw and at&t are doing.  And well, sprint… they are in bad shape like tmobile…. i’m not shocked that they lost money.

        • Vim

          T-Mobile is in much better shape than Sprint overall.  T-Mobile is still profitable.  Sprint is not.   

        • Anonymous

          Not if you carefully look at the long-term.  They are larger and have more potential to stay afloat. T-mobile doesn’t have a solid future plan as of yet.  

          I would love to see t-mobile do better because i prefer gsm technology.  In a strange way, thought i’ve publicly expressed my disgust for modern t-mobile i’m actually rooting for it.  Thought i would love to see it just fold the way it is and reform to do something better.  

          I really believe with the right leadership the current company can be marketed and managed much better.

        • Vim

          The long term? Any decent analyst who doesn’t suffer from wishful thinking will tell you that Sprint’s long term outlook is still very much up in the air.  Sprint could go either way.  But one thing is very clear.  It can not sustain very many quarters like this last one. 

          T-Mobile on the other hand can continue having unspectacular quarters like this last one for many years to come without failing.  That said, I certainly agree that T-Mobile could be marketed and managed better.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          The other thing to note is that Sprint has slightly less customers on postpaid than T-Mobile does. The largest chunk of Sprint’s subscribers are MVNO/wholesale customers, which total somewhere around 24 million (give or take a few million). T-Mobile only has around 2 million MVNO/wholesale customers. Take that away from Sprint, and it tumbles down below T-Mobile.

        • Vim

          Sprint lost a a billion dollars more in the 4th quarter of 2011 when it started selling iPhones than in the previous (3rd) quarter.   And that’s despite the fact that Sprint doubled its upgrade fee on all customers, not just iphone customers, just before it started selling the iPhone.  Sprint is hoping to break even on the IPhone sometime in 2015, assuming it survives that long.

          Interestingly enough, AT&T and Sprint are both using increased upgrade fees on -everyone- to help make up the money lost on iPhone subsidies.  Mark my words, there is going to be a price increase on everyone, not just iPhone customers, once T-Mobile starts selling the iPhone.  And they’ll likely roll it into the upgrade fee just as AT&T and Sprint have done.  BTW, I don’t think AT&T and Sprint are done yet.  I expect further price increases thanks to the high iPhone subsidy they are forced by Apple to maintain. 

    • 123

      I picked up a sgs2 this weekend, and I miss my blackberry already. The keyboard and straight forward no bs os is the best imho.

  • Kirk

    BLACKBERRY? Does anyone really care about them anymore? Even the corporate world is moving on.

  • http://www.heartinsanfrancisco.com/raa.htm ItsMichaelNotMike

    Mobile World Congress should be interesting. While the who is who in wireless will be giving keynotes (even Rene Obermann), RIM is not on the confirmed list of speakers.

  • Anthonyr1018

    it’s just common sense why Blackberry target T-mobile cause T-Mobile phones are old now since they don’t have LTE network they can’t get the good phone like ‘VERIZON’ this is way Blackberry picked T-Mobile cause they know they phone’s would sell more then going to Verizon and dealing with motorola and droid phones!!

    • Anonymous

      Hey troll, Go back under your bridge. We had the first Android phone. So what are you talking about?

      And learn English fool…

      • Frank

        No offense, but T-Mobile having the first Android phone 3 1/2 years ago really means absolutely nothing today.

        • BiGMERF

          agree 100 percent Frank.

        • http://twitter.com/CactoesGel Dean Darkblue

          I agree Frank.  Even worse, T-mobile was the first to offer the very first Android phone and now the last with Android phone selections.

          And TMOTECH, I think you’re a racist for attacking a comment by Anthonyr1018 with such.  He may not speak perfect English, but he does have a valid point, in my opinion of course.

        • Anonymous

          Since when is criticizing someones English skills racist?

          I went to Dubai to visit a good friend, and i was learning Arabic.  I tried speaking it and the natives said my Arabic really sucked and they weren’t even playful about it (they were serious and offended that i was attempting to speak a language they were proud of and was fumbling it like an ass) .  Was my response to call them racist??  NO! because that’s absurd!!  

          I didn’t make myself a victim nor any other visitor enjoying Dubai whose Arabic was also likely criticized.  

          Also, if you are using racism as leverage because he disagreed than that is even more pathetic and is why i truly hope the human population diminishes to less than 200 million people on earth.

        • Anonymous

          Since when is criticizing someones English skills racist?

          I went to Dubai to visit a good friend, and i was learning Arabic.  I tried speaking it and the natives said my Arabic really sucked and they weren’t even playful about it (they were serious and offended that i was attempting to speak a language they were proud of and was fumbling it like an ass) .  Was my response to call them racist??  NO! because that’s absurd!!  

          I didn’t make myself a victim nor any other visitor enjoying Dubai whose Arabic was also likely criticized.  

          Also, if you are using racism as leverage because he disagreed than that is even more pathetic and is why i truly hope the human population diminishes to less than 200 million people on earth.

        • http://twitter.com/CactoesGel Dean Darkblue

          Okay Gouv, thanks!

          Cool story bro!

        • Anonymous

          You are welcome!Now go back and finish your GED so you can get accepted into a nice community college.Don’t forget your name tag on the way to your minimum wage job, bro! 

        • http://twitter.com/CactoesGel Dean Darkblue

           If you are going to insult me, the least you can do is get your sentence basics correct.  After a . (period), you put 2 (spaces) before starting the next.  I do give you credit for correct spelling.

          If you are in Southern California, I am more than willing to meet up with you, say somewhere in Pacoima, where I live.  Perhaps I can teach you some basics.

        • Anonymous

          I feel that you are being racist against me because i had a moment of poor  spacing….  See how pathetic your original BS statement was!!  

          Spacing… really???  You have got to  be kidding!?!  

          The 2 grand per year you spend in community college clearly isn’t working.  Go major in liberal arts once the GED goes through.If that’s the best way to to redeem your internet confidence than i’m sorry for you.. Spacing… HAHA!!. Also, as long as you understand the insult with your superior comprehension than i did what I intended to do.  I live in Boston.  I wouldn’t waste my jet blue points to go to Southern California.  Not even to visit you at your minimum wage place of employment.  That is of course if you even work at all which wouldn’t surprise me.  You are the type of person that likely claims racism once someone asks you to perform a task that’s in your job description.  How dare they ask you to do work for the money they pay you, right?

        • http://twitter.com/CactoesGel Dean Darkblue

          You win, buddy.

        • Anonymous

          clearly, it was meant to be. 

           I’m sorry you’re just a statistic.

        • Tbyrne

          Gouvy! Show some freaking mercy for ……. sake!

        • http://tmonews.com David

          That’s enough boys…I’m getting a little tired of the insulting comments. They aren’t welcoming to new readers and while you may not care about that, I do.

        • Anonymous

          Sorry..

        • Anonymous

          You are welcome!  

          Now go back and finish your GED so you can get accepted into a nice community college.Don’t forget your name tag on the way to your minimum wage job, bro!

        • Tbyrne

          LMFAO!!

        • Vim

          Criticizing someone’s writing ability is not racist. Two people can be of the same race and not speak the same language. It may be elitist, and possibly even ethnocentric, but it’s not racist. 

        • http://twitter.com/CactoesGel Dean Darkblue

        • Anonymous

          True,what they should have done was to have a deal with HTC,any new phones they would come up with TMO,should had 1st choice. Some one wrote on this blog,if I am not mistaken that TMO was the 1st carrier to take a chance with HTC. Not sure if that is true,if it’s they should of had some kind lock down deal with them.

      • Tbyrne

        So thick you could cut it with a knife.

      • Anonymous

        He may be a troll, but he has a point that he expressed in a very obnoxious manner.  

        T-Mo does get poop-dooped a lot when it comes to handset selection.  Tmo was the first to rock out android, but they didn’t make it huge like vzw did which was unfortunate for tmo.

        It is likely easier to sell new phones on tmo beause they don’t sell iphone and they don’t have the same droid frenzy that vzw has.  

        So it does make sense for RIM to use tmo as a sort of test for market response to their products.

        He is wrong in thinking that not having LTE is biting them in the ass as of right now.  I’m sure it’ll bite them by the end of the year but certainly not now. Hopefully when they finally publicize their LTE plans they will make sense and have a clear plan that won’t limit them with future hardware choices for consumers.

  • http://www.heartinsanfrancisco.com/raa.htm ItsMichaelNotMike

    Here is the Mobile World Congress brochure and what it says about BlackBerry:

    Tuesday, 28 February

    BlackBerry Developer Day

    Join us to discover BlackBerry 10, the next generation platform for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets. It combines the best of BlackBerry and the best of QNX and is designed from the ground up to enable the powerful real-time mobile experiences that distinguish BlackBerry products and services.

    BlackBerry Developer Day is the place to fast-track BlackBerry application development and bring your apps to over 75 million BlackBerry users worldwide. Hear how to harness the power of Cascades, learn about our deep HTML5 support or how to quickly port and package C/ C++ games, Android and Flash apps for deployment on BlackBerry App World.

  • Anonymous

    Between 2007 and 2008, RIMM stocks went from $45 to $144 a share.  Then the iPhone ate away at those profits and they averaged in the $50 range for the next couple years. 

    From a year ago today though, they have gone from $65 a share all the way down to $14.  

    I would love to jump on some cheap stocks from a reputable company but I see no light at the end of the tunnel for RIMM at all.  I’m kicking myself in the as s though for not buying AAPL or GOOG stocks…

  • T-Mobile DJ

    This may very well be the official release of Blackberry’s 7.1 OS with a showcase of its new features such as Mobile Hotspot Tethering! I’ve been using a leaked version for about 2 months now on my Torch 9810….works flawlessly!

    • Gsm1900

      Leaked from 2 months ago? I hope you dont need to call 911 when on Wifi Calling.

      RIM has been trying to release that software since November. If this was it, they would release it ASAP.

  • Guidomus_Maximus

    What’s Next?  Absolutely nothing, based on the “Update’.  LOL

    • http://www.heartinsanfrancisco.com/raa.htm ItsMichaelNotMike

      Seeing how this article has been relegated to fueling gossip and rumor, I am curious how “T-Mobile PR reached out .. and advised.” 

  • http://twitter.com/iDiotGear Rob Daman

    i wish i was near Washington so i could get free food.

  • http://essaychampions.com/ buy essay

    So nice!

  • http://www.unscripted360.com Deacon

    Blackberry still has the business world on lock

    • 123

      agreed.

    • Jon

      Yes but that grip they had isn’t what it once was. Apple is swaying a lot of businesses. Lets see what RIM has in store for TMobile.

  • JBLMOBILEG1

    http://bit.ly/x4xe6G ROFLOL I just had to share this video link of a news reporter who bashed At&t for taking away his unlimited plan. He even admits how “awesome” their network is. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/AquarianLogic Jeff Perkins

    *Waits for that Apple event*

  • Anonymous

    Blackberry disappointing? Nooooo, that’d never happen.

  • http://twitter.com/Lawless_1 Lawless_1

    What happens when one sinking ship tries working with another sinking ship?

    They both still sink.

  • Anonymous

    Drop dead Crapberry! You did well back then, now it’s time to go, go far away and die!