BlackBerry CEO: T-Mobile iPhone promotion “inappropriate and ill-conceived” [Update: T-Mobile statement]

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Over the weekend, T-Mobile took some heat over its attempts to tempt BlackBerry users away from their beloved devices and switch to iPhone. This – of course – did not go down well with the BBerry faithful. Although John Legere was quick to apologize and state he was looking in to it, it didn’t stop BlackBerry’s new CEO, John Chen from stepping in with his own comments on the matter.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Chen called the promotion “inappropriate and ill-conceived” before adding “I can assure you we were outraged too.”

Mr. Chen wrote that the two companies’ “long-standing partnership was once productive and profitable for both BlackBerry and T-Mobile…Notwithstanding the current challenge, we remain very excited about BlackBerry’s future.”

Legere had tried to calm any fears of ditching BlackBerry by stating on Twitter: “We give our customers choices, but you don’t have to give up your #loyalty. We will continue to support.”  

Update: A T-Mobile spokesperson has responded with an official statement: 

“Customers can purchase some of the latest BlackBerry devices from T-Mobile – including the Q10 and Z10 that we have carried since they launched.  They can buy and direct ship devices from more than 3,000 T-Mobile retail stores and as an additional courtesy to our BlackBerry customers, we will begin offering free expedited shipping of BlackBerry devices by Friday.  Customers can also bring unlocked BlackBerry devices to T-Mobile. We are happy to be a BlackBerry partner and apologize for any confusion.”

Via: WSJ

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  • Jay Holm

    Hey Blackberry, how bout you shut up, and concentrate on ACTUALLY bringing some smartphones to market, so that your few remaining loyal customers have some nice, new 2014 models to choose from.

    This guy has
    way, way too much work to do to get cought up on the past 3-4yrs to be making comments about anything other than what new smartphones he will be delivering to market in 2014.

    • Jon

      BB needs all the press it can get. Do you blame him for trying to at least make an attempt to remain relevant?

  • sushimane

    In my opinion blackberry just need to chill. There’s a reason y john is trying to tempt blackberry user to switch to iPhone maybe because blackberry hasn’t been making cellphone or software update to any of the current phone yet but maybe now that blackberry has a new CEO maybe they would step up their game on. So u can’t really blame john on tempting blackberry user to switch os.

  • SEBA

    I think that was a wake up call for blackberry: Hey, we are moving forward and you are standing still.

    • Jay Holm

      Blackberry has been standing still for the past 4yrs.

      • BB Fan Forever

        Their moving slowly but their moving well in some countries. Just not the U.S but I don’t care about BlackBerry being in the U.S.

        • randomnerd_number38

          Then why are you commenting on tmonews? You do know that tmonews is about T-Mobile US, right? The US part means they are in the US.

        • BB Fan Forever

          It’s for all countries

        • CDub

          Yup, nope… You got that one wrong… This is definitely just a T-Mobile US blog… You can run along home now and stop being a fanatic.

        • BB Fan Forever

          I’m not a full BlackBerry fan, I’m also a Windows and Android fan.

  • redman12

    Blackberry only responded because John Legere said something on twitter. It’s only fair from T-Mobile to move away from them. Blackberry is not innovating, too little too late.

    • sushimane

      That’s what I’m saying blackberry hasn’t been doing anything so u can blame john on trying to convince blackberry user to switch. No new phone no software update.

      • Bigboss84

        WOW i see you people still leaving in that ios and Android cave.. BB10 is a brand new OS. just 1 year old.. and theres been only 3 updates. which US. only has release 1.. skip 10.2 and really late as always with 10.2.1 which bring a lot of old feature and new ones.. beside the availability to install APK files directly..no new OS is great from the start, remember ios? remember the G2 on tmobile? which was a terrible phone nobody wanted andriod and what happened? no new phone? and what happen to the Q5 and the Z30? that makes 4 phones in less than a year. Z10, Q10, Q5, Z30 plus theres more phone on the works for this year. the thing is only cause you are use to see a new android phone every 3 days… dosnt mean they dont have new phone.. what happen with iphone.. 1 phone every year? ohh so is ok for apple but not for blackberry..

        • randomnerd_number38

          The G2 was an amazing device and pretty popular. Maybe you’re thinking of the G2X? LG ruined that product line just like they ruined the myTouch brand.

          As for your other points about Blackberry … Eh I don’t really have enough interest to respond to most of them. Sorry. All I’ll say is Blackberry phones are now a niche product. They take a lot of flack because they went from THE smartphone manufacturer to 0% US market share in about 6 years. When you go from top dog to nothing, people are not gonna be saying nice things about you.

          And before you start screaming “that was just one quarter, no fair!”, it was Q4. As in, Christmas. It should’ve been their busiest quarter. Yet they sold so few phones it was statistically nothing. Good luck coming back from that.

        • Jon

          My touch was crap to begin with. Mediocrity at best nothing high end not even the slide which was too little too late.

        • randomnerd_number38

          Actually when the mytouch 4G came out in 2010 it was considered a fairly high end phone. And the mytouch 4g slide was comparable the HTC sensation and Samsung galaxy s2. The mediocrity/crap didn’t come until the mytouch and mytouch q… By LG.

        • Bklynman

          You can’t blame Lg for Mytouch going down the tubes,I am sure Tmobile told them how they wanted them make the phone,midrange,not
          hign ended. Tmo is still selling the G2x,not new but as refurbished for $192,also htc sen.$228.,also refurbished. I guess the jump program is where they are coming from.

        • randomnerd_number38

          I don’t blame LG for making it midrange. I blame them for the crappy software. I could’ve lived with the myTouch line living on as a low-cost midrange line of phones. I couldn’t live with the abysmal software problems. Just as an example, did you know there was a known issue with the preloaded web browser crashing constantly on the mytouch by LG phones? The solution provided was literally to clear all the broswer data and turn off all the things that made it a smartphone web browser,like JavaScript, images, etc or download another browser. It seems like LG phones are plagued by problems like this. I may be a bit biased, I admit it, but I will never buy another LG product(other than a Nexus possibly, but the software is handled by Google on that), and I feel perfectly justified in saying they ruined the myTouch name.

        • Bklynman

          I knew the had somekind of a poblem,that y I never got one of them read the reviews,they were so-so,knew they were not for me.

        • Jon

          yes finally! Bigboss84 you make way more sense then everyone else that commented here. if T-mobile took blackberry’s out of the stores because they were not selling….a lot of that is there own fault! I run a store and if brought in some new product and all i did was talk badly about that product to the customers and told them “oh you don’t want that” would i sell any of it? HELL NO! I’m sorry but that is not how you sell!

        • Hogpistol

          So as a salesperson here’s what I think. Customer trust is a very highly coveted commodity. When I recommend a phone to a customer – after carefully asking questions as to what they want to do with a device – it’s up to me to pick the right device. If I pick the wrong one, we might lose the customer or at the very least make them unhappy. I need my customers to trust me. Nine times out of ten, I’m avoiding Blackberry for this purpose. Customers do not want to hear about how they can install APK’s (“What’s an APK?” would be the very next sentence out of their mouth). They don’t care about what blackberry did in the past. They want their current needs met. I don’t badmouth any device we carry. But if a customer asks me my honest opinion and their needs include e-mail, apps, games, video playback, etc. I’m going to recommend Android or iPhone over Blackberry.

          IF the customer is already a loyal BB user, I will ask them what they like about their current BB to make sure the new ones will meet their needs. If it does, great. I don’t make extra comission over selling a Samsung and iPhone or a BB. I do get charged back if they don’t like it so you can rest assured I am going to sell what meets the customers needs.

        • duscrom

          And thats what makes a good salesman.

        • corona10

          Not very many people still even want or care about BB’s anymore. Their time has come and gone. Just accept that fact and move on. Something else will take their place. Always does. The fact is BB arent’ popular anymore with consumers. Especially in the US.

  • S. Ali

    Blackberry is still around?

  • Rick Rudge

    I never heard about this iPhone switch promotion. I have an old iPhone4, but I have friends who love their Crackberrys. It’s all good, as far as I’m concerned. I thought that there was a lot of excitement over the Blackberry Z10.

    • 21stNow

      There was a lot of excitement for the Z10. Some of us users had that excitement dampened by random reboots, poor battery life and other issues when the phone first came out.

      • Bklynman

        Ru sure it was the Z10,not adroid phone ur talking about ; )

        • 21stNow

          I’ve owned more than 10 Android phones and have never experienced that level of rebooting on my Android devices. My Z10 would reboot twice a day. My battery life wasn’t good on 10.0 and was horrible on 10.2. It has dramatically improved on 10.2.1. The only Android phone that I had that had battery life that bad was almost two years old. The battery life on that one was fine before it got that old.

        • Bklynman

          Sorry it was a joke. Couldn’t both tell by the wink and smile?

        • 21stNow

          I took it as a joke, but wanted to comment anyway. I hope that I didn’t come off in a harsh manner and apologize if I did.

        • Bklynman

          No you didnt,come off harsh at all,u really can’t tell (I should say myself)
          how somone will take something not knowing it is a light hearted jest.Like David wrote in his goodbye post,Remember it is only phone.

        • thepanttherlady

          I was one of the ones excited for the Z10 and bought it. Like @21stNow:disqus I experienced the random rebooting and poor battery life among other things. I chose to take mine back. I’ll wait to see what they have in store and may give them another chance.

  • xmiro

    nobody but the 4 people still using blackberry cares. Why buy and stock Blackberry devices when quite literally nobody wants them anymore?

    • Durandal_1707

      If there are still 4 people that want them, then it’s not *literally* nobody. It would only be literally nobody if there were exactly 0 people who wanted them anymore.

      *This post brought to you by the Society for the Prevention of the Misuse of the Word “Literally”.

  • Christopher_McG

    BB sucks. This is coming from a former Q10 owner. John chen needs to shut his mouth until he starts offering a product that is actually worthy to it’s loyal followers and not a complete joke. I don’t blame T-Mo at all for wanting to direct people away from a Crapberry.

    The Q10 has known defects in the design. What is John Chen going to do about it? What a whiney CEO.

  • thatguy

    well BB…your product is GARBAGE. so much so that it is no longer sold in tmo stores, yet you expect them to say what? come on in and we will order a BB for you, make sure you hold on to that receipt though because like all the others we sold in our stores, you’ll want to return it within the 14 day period because the user experience is terrible. enjoy.

  • shadlom

    I don’t even know why this is getting blown out of proportion. T-Mobile owes loyalty to no company. It is their right to promote the phones they choose and they can push customers towards any device they want. Blackberry diehards need to stop whining.

  • KingCobra

    BlackBerry needs to worry more about creating a device that people actually want. Blaming T-Mobile for their poor performance in the market isn’t going to change what has happened to them. Kudos to T-Mobile for promoting a better product.

  • jaxgrim

    I use my Blackberry everyday….as a paperweight.

  • Jon

    Looks like we are missing the die hards. The pro bb party is late I wonder what they are up to lol.

    • jaxgrim

      Playing their Atari 2600s

      • BB Fan Forever

        Listening to morons that know nothing about a true productivity device.

  • BB Fan Forever

    BlackBerry isn’t meant for people who like to sit on their lazy a$$e$ all day and play games. They were made for business people who use their device as productivity. Yes they inovate still and they just got their os on track a little bit ago. We can now get Android apps and we still have better communication. BlackBerry is here to stay for the enterprise business, not for the lazy gamer division. BlackBerry has came far and I think people are jealous to admit that BlackBerry is coming back. Apple is going down and Android is slowing down fast. Windows is going up and BlackBerry is gaining a little at a time. They made their touch screen devices and this is the start of a long journey back to the jackpot. If I’m not mistaken, Apple almost died yet they came back up, and BlackBerry will do the same.

    • Cam Bunton

      “BlackBerry is coming back” – All the statistics would suggest the exact opposite. Globally, they’re still selling more BB OS 7 devices than BB10, and they’re losing money, losing value, losing market share. They’ve also virtually said that they’re not going to be focussing as much and making new devices. If that’s “coming back”, I’d like to see your version of “doomed”.

      I want BlackBerry to do well, I really do, it just feels a little late now and I hate saying that as a former BB fan. Every time the company releases something new, I want it to succeed. It just feels like too little too late.

      • BB Fan Forever

        Their still making devices and they are not done on focusing. Their focusing more on business instead of entertainment. Entertainment is what screwed them up more. They need to focus mostly on business and that’s all. I don’t want BlackBerry to be the biggest company like Apple, I just want them to keep the business users happy. Screw the entertainment side for BlackBerry lol

        • kalel33

          Just a correction of a mistake you’ve made in two separate postings but it’s “they’re”, not “their”.

        • duscrom

          is BIS still expensive and a pain to set up? For the few enterprises left that aren’t BYOD, I’m sure BB still has a shot with them. Oh and the President.

      • david

        BlackBerry is coming out with new devices. They just signed a five year contract with Foxconn. The jakarta, an entry level smartphone, will be announced at MWC. A couple high end devices are being worked on. I’m only mentioning this because this is your job and to be so wrong about what your paid to know about isn’t good.

        • randomnerd_number38

          I think you’re thinking about this in different terms than him. That doesn’t make him “so wrong.” Blackberry signing a contract with Foxconn and having a few devices in the pipeline doesn’t mean a comeback. They released a few phones last year, too. What’s their market share right now? What is your definition of a comeback? Only having a few phones in the pipeline is a far cry from where RIM was at in 2007.

        • david

          No. I was replying to his statement, “They’ve also virtually said that they’re not going to be focussing as much and making new devices.” You’re confused. My post was clear enough though.

        • randomnerd_number38

          No, I’m not confused. Again, I state: only having a few phones in the pipeline is a far cry from where they were in 2007. Chen himself has said that they will be focusing on the enterprise and BBM side of their business. That implies less new phones. Cam clearly meant “They’re not going to be focusing AS MUCH on making new devices.” So again I say, Cam wasn’t “so wrong.”

        • david

          They released 4 BB 10 phones in 2013 and have 4 scheduled for 2014. You’re wrong. Cam was wrong. It happens. You can keep spinning or move on.

        • randomnerd_number38

          Lol, four is a few, I’m not wrong. But clearly we’re not going to change each other’s minds, so I’m done. Good day to you, sir.

    • BB TmoYes

      Okay, Okay! Simply said, the blackberries are awesome, awesome Professional tool! Tmobile thanks for listening to your BB customers.

    • dtam

      wow, are blackberry’s really made out of crack because you’ve been sniffing something

    • duscrom

      Can I buy drugs from you?

  • randomnerd_number38

    I just decided to read some of the comments on crackberry about this. Holy crap, those are some RABID fanboys. Crackberry is a very apt name; apparently offering an iPhone deal to a blackberry fan is akin to trying to steal a crack addict’s stash.

    • BB Fan Forever

      They said we need to switch to a Iphone. We don’t cares about toys, we want PRODUCTIVITY, something you guys have never heard of.

      • jaxgrim

        There is nothing about the Blackberry that makes it a more “productive” device. I would replace the word “productive” with “limited”.

        • BB Fan Forever

          How is it limited? IOS is more limited on what you do over a damn BlackBerry.

      • randomnerd_number38

        Lol. Like I said, rabid. There’s plenty of productivity to be had on iOS, Android, and even Windows Phone. I understand you’re mad about the hate Blackberry gets though, so I’ll forgive you your undue embellishment.

        Also, nobody said you NEEDED to switch to iPhone. It was an offer. IPhone is comparable to BB in terms of productivity, so it was a pretty reasonable offer. You’re the ones being bent out of shape over something ridiculous.

        You want to keep your Blackberry? Keep it. You can even light the mailer on fire and do a Blackberry dance if you wanna. I take exception to you guys acting like your rights were violated or something.

      • Spanky

        My company of over 1,000 employees just ditched the Blackberry and switched everyone over to the iPhone. I guess the senior leadership doesn’t care about productivity!

        By the way, I use Android phones as my personal devices. Blackberry has its time, but that time is over.

        • BB Fan Forever

          Which BlackBerry’s were they?

        • philyew

          I’m not arguing with you at all, but I just reflected that the global IT group of the company I was with a few years ago decided to replace the US Blackberry deployment with Windows Mobile 6.5 devices, right as iPhones started to get a handle on corporate security and remote device management.

          Within six months their entire strategy was in tatters as the same leaders who bucked the superior BB deployment were clamoring for their own iPhones. They had poured millions down the drain on an OS that had no future…and no past either.

          Sometimes companies are just dumb ;-)

      • Chilehead

        What? I may be old school but the day I have to depend on a “Smart Phone” to be “productive” is the day we are all screwed.

      • Hermetics herm

        Yeah a productivity device that needs to run APKs to stay relevant. Just admit BB fail and we will embrace you in the Android kingdom.

      • ♠adeafmute♠

        What is it about BB that makes it a more productive OS compared to android and iOS? Give me examples!

  • BB Fan Forever

    Unless you have tryed the latest 10.2.1 version, you might as well just stop talking. It’s super fast, no lag, fastest internet browser, and the option to get Android apps. Apple and their crappy innovators copped lots of companies, so did Samsung. Apple ran out of ideas with IOS 7 and now it looks like Android except Apple added lots of colors for the kids.

    • Eric

      $150 billion and thousands of very smart people working/running Apple versus BlackBerry, who hasn’t innovated in the last several years and is dying.

      Case closed.

      • BB Fan Forever

        The Hub on BlackBerry, etc. Look at IOS 7 vs Android system and see which one looks like each other Apple can burn along with the ceo and the company. Apple sues everyone because of copying yet they copy every one else. Quit being a Isheep and look at the real innovators.

        • Rob

          Go back to CrackBerry man, we aren’t interested here. Even your name that you chose on here says that you’re going to do nothing but troll any post that slams RIM for their mistakes. There is no point in arguing with a troll.

        • BB Fan Forever

          What, am I saying the truth and making you nervous?

        • Rob

          Not in the slightest. Your opinion doesn’t affect mine at all.

          RIM shot itself in the foot and they’re paying for it. As soon as I saw BBM come out for Android, it sealed it in my mind that RIM finally admits defeat and will now fall into obscurity before dying or being acquired by a company that can actually innovate.

        • BB Fan Forever

          They shot there self by going for the entertainment side when they were meant for business. They need to stick for business and that’s all. BBM was actually a good thing to launch cross platform because they will start to make money off of Channels pretty soon.

        • Kidney_Thief

          They shot themselves in the foot by resting on their laurels, thinking that their competition wouldn’t catch up and by thinking that people couldn’t live without push notifications. Well, I’m gonna let you in on a secret: the competition caught up and they have push notifications.

        • Third_Eye

          The problem is in the US private businesses have moved away from Blackberries in droves.
          My company is huge giant in the e-Commerce world and from last year moved away from Blackberry (pre 10) to Iphones. The same with former place of work, where BB was undisputed King even as long as 3 years back.

          RIM now BB really shot itself on the foot and very complacent. They did not realize that the ground beneath their feet was changing.

          It is a real shame since BB10.2.x is really nice, feature proof and with android compatibility app proof.

        • duscrom

          LOL, I can guarentee you, BB isn’t making anyone nervous. Except maybe Shareholders in Blackberry.

          Trolling aside though, BB10 has some nice innovations. Mainly the keyboard is pretty brilliant. But… in 2014, BB is a company that is going to fight for relevance. And it’s going to be a very hard fight. And unless they have something super spectacular up their sleeves, their best bet is to become hardware only, or provide some security backend for an exsisting OS.

        • Hermetics herm

          Totally agree.

        • kalel33

          Blackberry Hub looks like a ripoff of WebOS. Apple’s notifications probably look like WebOS because they hired the guy who developed the notifications on WebOS.

        • Rob

          I’m glad someone else noticed that besides me.

        • duscrom

          Actually the guy who designed WebOS is the lead designer for Android.

        • kalel33

          Actually, I never said anything about the lead designer for WebOS. Apple hired the guy who created the notification hub for WebOS.

    • Cam Bunton

      I was going to respond to this but… “sigh”..

      • Locomotive

        Maybe you shouldn’t respond before you do real research instead of butting into something you probably don’t know! I work in software and luckily outside the USA where the public is waaaaay better educated that in the USA and believe me we have many employees and they like their equipment. Specially the new one where they can create a personal and business profile and have one device! we have os 7 and implementing 10 i heve to say they are liking more the z30 than the 10 but who cares. It is a safe phone and I dont have to worry about anyone breaking into it or the NSA spying through angrybirds!!!!!
        Also I have Tmobile, somewhat roaming from Germany to Switzerland and the speeds are awesome here!!!

  • MorningWood

    I’m not a fan boy of any of the operating systems I’ve used them all but I have to tell you that the blackberry 10 with the 10 .2 .1 update is really worth a look I am very impressed with it and also the BlackBerry phones get excellent reception you really need to try one before you knock it.

    • BB Fan Forever

      Thank you!!! :) Usually the ones that knock end up getting knocked…OUT!!!!! XD

    • Nearmsp

      Too little too late. I waited and believed in BB and missed the Android move and it was a sheer waste of my time. I will never go back from Android to BB again. BB like Nokia is in a death spiral. They just do not see it.

  • MarcusDW

    ♫ BB is dead. You should get the iPhone instead ♫.

    • BB Fan Forever

      NO!!!!!!! lol I like more of a communication device. Just my personal opinion

      • BBYes77

        Okay, Okay. Simply said, Blackberries are awesome professional devices. I am very glad that Tmobile is listening. ..!!!

        • ♠adeafmute♠

          No they are’t. They are terrible for everything and the market is speaking to that fact. BB is clinging desperately to life and very soon they will be finished. It’s a 3 way race at this point.

  • superg05

    blackberry ceo make me yawn

    • BBYes77

      Don’t let Go, BlackBerry in the house!!

  • hanfeedback

    Blackberry should spend all this energy making great products that people want instead of putting their butt hurt all over the internet. Who cares.

  • BBYes77

    Don’t let go! BlackBerry in the house!! Yes, Yes, Yes…

  • BB Fan Forever

    Instead of saying BB is dead, lets say their not. Any company that goes is one less company that challenges each other.

  • De’Marcus Kourage Winbush

    Even Alicia Keys couldn’t save BB. Then she almost got in trouble tweeting from an iPhone and lied and said somebody hacked in her phone. She knows BB sucked.!

    • 21stNow

      I talked to some AT&T reps about BlackBerry. They said one of the reasons that they couldn’t take BlackBerry seriously was because the rep that comes to their store uses an iPhone for his personal device.

  • De’Marcus Kourage Winbush

    R.I.P. BB

  • orange

    BlackBerry or not, essentially making fun of your customers is a bad move T-Mobile.

  • Hermetics herm

    Hi Crackberry,

    Remember me the guy you banned on your site for speaking about blackberry in a negative tone? You see the truth is not yours alone its actually a democracy of ideas coming together in which people can form opinions. Looks like the general opinion here and in the public eye is blackberry is no longer relevant.

  • Flyincloud

    RIM is just LATE! Very LATE! The OS may be good, but not many people are listening anymore. Reviews of the Z10 and Z30 aren’t great either, it is hurting and already fading brand. I said it once and I’ll say it again, RIM should make a Windows phone and/or an Android with BB OS overlay. Just my opinion. BB lovers can disagree, but it is better than being dead.

    • thepanttherlady

      The name is BlackBerry, not RIM.

      • inthecavern

        Sorry panttherlady, Flyincloud is correct. BlackBerry is the product name, Research in Motion (RIM) is the company name that manufactures BlackBerry products…

        • thepanttherlady

          Sorry inthecavern, RIM retired that name and became known only as BlackBerry as announced in January 2013 at their BlackBerry 10 launch event.

        • Ikem

          thepanttherlady is correct. The company dropped the name RIM and stuck with just BlackBerry. You need to be more up to date with your info.

    • vrm

      windows was DOA clearly, you are shilling for m$.

      • Flyincloud

        Nope not a windows supporter. You must have stopped at that word. I own a Nexus 5. I’m just saying try something new, because obviously you are going nowhere with your current direction. Don’t blame Tmobile for you failures. No one is making money from pushing BLACKBERRY products.

    • Locomotive

      To get a real blackberry review you have to get a reviewer outside of the USA. I live out of USA and I can tell that most magazines that reviewed BB are sooo into Apple ass that is unbelievable. The z30 has a paratek antenna and special features that gives you the best reception you can find in any phone however Endgadged and Pc magazine and the like call it average!!!! This is almost military technology and they call it average??? Before I decided to buy mine I look at reviews from anywhere except USA. i found the good and the bad and still decided to give it a shot just because of the level of security the phone brings to me as a business user.

  • Bklynman

    To all die hard BB fans,Remember what David wrote in his goodbye post,this also for android fanboys,iphones zombies,Remember it is only a phone. End of quote.
    Try not to get all bend out of shape people. Have bless day,if this is your biggest worry,concern,then you really do have a bless life.

  • vrm

    lot of m$ shills jumping in here to dance on BB woes.

    I do not use BB but I hope they remain in business to offer some real choice.

    • Brian

      I do not use BB either (like 99% of the world). Its not real competition if the devices are horrible and the brand is dead. BB needs to be sold to a company with real weight to give the BB brand a real chance. Unfortunately, no one that has weight in this world will buy them because of the last few years they have paintd this picture of a dead fish all over their own brand.

      “BlackBerry: We bring nothing to the table anymore”.

      • ♠adeafmute♠

        BB wishes 1% of the world used it’s product…

    • Hugo V

      I do not use BlackBerry, although I do have some experience using BB OS and BB devices. Personally, I believe iOS and recent Android devices offer much more compelling features and benefits than BlackBerry. Windows Phone is also improving and I’m impressed with how greatly they’ve improved Windows Phone OS. At this point, BlackBerry pretty much isn’t offering compelling reasons to not look at the competition.

  • Hermetics herm

    I had a bb10 q10 and it was OK but not great. Problem is the crack berries are to blinded by their devotion to see the writing on the wall. RIP blackberry.

    • Flyincloud

      If they don’t change they will die.

      • CissyScum

        But BlackBerry did change. BB10 is not the old BB OS 7.

      • ♠adeafmute♠

        You say this as if BB still has a chance. THEY DON’T! BB is dead pure and simple. My only complaint about this is that T-mobile didn’t offer the same deal to android phones.

    • AngusMightHaveABeef

      I have a Z10 as a work phone. I hate the thing. The interface is terrible.

      • Hermetics herm

        Exactly my point, their best is mediocre. You could never post a comment like this at crackberry because opinions hurt but the truth hurts even more.

      • Locomotive

        You don’t know what you are talking about. Blackberry interface is one of the best designed interfaces out there. I understand that the USA is only looking for a “status” phone and don’t look seriously at the Z10 and the like.
        Try streaming a movie from your phone and plug the phone to your TV with an I-phone? Oh no you can’t cause you don’t have a HDMI outlet to plug in to your TV. How about expanding the memory without having to buy and I-phone 64 GB for an arm an a leg? Oh! you can’t expand the memory cause you don’t have that option. Mine I expanded to 80 GB (16+64 memory card). And how about and actual Hub where you can do EVERYTHING from without leaving your applications????
        By the way Blackberry has a clean balance sheet and no debt!!! Also understand that it is a phone designed for business people and the USA military just ordered 80 0000 of then. Why? Because is the most secure phone in the universe. Even almighty NSA had to create a so call special group trying to find a way to break into the phone. You know who is getting one? Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany Why? Can’t get into it!!!
        And just to let you know I had no stake whatsoever in blackberry. I just find that the American public is clueless as to what a real good improvement they have done! If Android or Iphone get as good as blackberry to protect my privacy and business emails, sure no problem, in the mean time they are a toy for kids!! Here in Switzerland there are plenty of blackberry users in our companies!!

        • AngusMightHaveABeef

          Quite a tirade there. I do know what I’m talking about, because it is my opinion. I hate the interface. I hate the phone. I don’t have an iPhone, though I used to have a 4S. I have the Moto X, which I love. I couldn’t care less what the Chancellor of Germany uses.

        • locomotive

          Just say you don’t like the phone and that’s. It. When you start talking about the interface and so on we the people who know realize that you don’t know what you are talking about!

        • AngusMightHaveABeef

          lol, you’re funny.

  • Alphonso T Wilson

    Why would any one leave BB and get an iphone? Talk about “out of the frying pan and into the fire’ If they want something as close to an BB than its Android!

    • no2apple

      Simple reason. BB is DEAD…

  • Flyincloud

    Stick a fork in BLACKBERRY, they’re done!

  • Fan_Blackberry77

    It is not over to Blackberry says it is over! Blackberry in the house!!!!!!

  • duscrom

    hmm, wowThey pissed off BOTH BB loyalists?

  • Dontkidyourself

    Blackberry is fucking garbage, they need to get over being butt hurt about it too. It’s not 1998 anymore blackberry is less attractive than even windows phones now as far as options offered. Who with 2 or more brain cells would buy a shitty black berry over Android, Windows phone, or even Iphone?

    • thepanttherlady

      Wow, you may want to take a couple of deep breaths there. I’ve never heard someone come across so angry over an OS.

      Choice is good. While it may not be a choice for you, others prefer and like it.