Skip to comments.BlackBerry Maker in Turmoil
Posted on 03/29/2012 7:27:49 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
TORONTOThe new chief executive of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. RIMM +0.44% is overhauling the company's executive ranks and exploring strategic options, including a sale of the struggling smartphone pioneer.
The changes include the exit of longtime executive Jim Balsillie, who had presided over RIM's rise and steep fall. Mr. Balsillie, who until earlier this year was co-CEO, resigned his board seat and is parting ways with a company he helped run for 20 years.
The overhaul comes just two months after Thorsten Heins took the reins at RIM and confidently proclaimed there was no need for "seismic" change.
But with the company's sales tumbling 25% in the latest quarter, new BlackBerrys piling up unsold and a crucial lineup of new devices still not expected to arrive until later this year, Mr. Heins is taking more drastic actions. RIM will back out of its high-profile attempt to win business among consumers to focus on its core corporate customers.
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I got rid of my Blackberry, because I couldn’t be sure if Blackberry was going to survive or not.
Got a Windows instead and it works great.
Remember that outage last summer and how useless our phones were at the time?
RIM runs their own servers. If they go out of business, your phone becomes a brick.
My old phone is now being used as an alarm clock. I do wish them well. I’d love to see them stay in business and see the things they do.
I’m on my 2nd BB. I bought a cop-spec rubber cover to protect the case from my infrequent drops and occasional scrapes while doing yard work. I’ll buy another one when 4G gets to the Ozarks.
I run playbook (typing on it now) and torch 9860. They are brilliant. Bridge software is fabulous. I don’t. Understand blackberry haters. OK. It’s not Apple. That’s OK by me. Playbook is rugged and stable and the 9860 with 7.0 is rock solid unlike the 9800 with 6.something. I don’t need anything else have not. Used my laptop since I purchased PlayBook at the first of the year. 64 gig tablet for 299!
I recently went from BB to Android and very probably will never go back.
Last month I gave up waiting on a 4g BB so trekked on down to COSTCO and exchanged my 4 year old 8830 for a shiny new Samsung Galaxy. The experiment lasted 10 days before I brought it back and fired up the BB again.
Two primary shortcomings: the address book sucks and the keyboard leaves much to be desired.
I am happy to wait until RIM gets its act together. Or someone does it for them.
BB created the market and idea but my little kids won’t know what a blackberry was in 10 years just like they won’t ever know what using a typewriter was like.
The new droid clones and Apple products are amazing and the technology and applications are improving every day.
They sat on their Laurels too long, and assumed their business was forever. Whatever good QNX is, they should have rolled it out two years ago.
Goodlink is secure. Same triple-DES encryption for transmitted messages and storage.
I bought a used Blackberry for $10 and use it as a music player. At some point I'll probably use it for an alarm, too, but I already use another cellphone for that.
Oh yes I forgot to mention Documents to Go! I use mine to write contracts and proposals plus the spreadsheet for lots of things. Playbook is a business machine.
I forgot that too - how could I forget that. Nothing beats having Word, Excel and PDF right on your device :-). I’ve been carrying a wine list for years - notes on everything we’ve tried. I pass around recipes using Word on my phone. Actually all my best recipes are on my phone. We keep customer information in spreadsheets (passwords, IP addresses, etc.). I always have all that information handy because I have Excel. Love Documents to Go.
Perhaps. That is the nut of the issue with Crackberry. They function. Seamlessly without drama. No drama but functional. Not sexy like Apple but effective. Quiet and workman-like.
I suppose that Ferrari gets the press but Freightliner does the work.
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