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Stop The Leaks WorldWide Statement

As BlackBerry fans, we love to hear and see new information about our favored brand. Leaks are great, but not when it harms the very company which the people who propagate and distribute the leak claim to support.

BlackBerry has a Beta Program to get real world testing on upcoming OS versions, where the company invites a number of ‘trusted’ users to test a Beta OS. The participants in the Beta Program are held to a certain level of secrecy, for the good of the program and the continued success of BlackBerry. The idea is that these people, in full knowledge, download the software, test it out and give feedback so the company can deliver the OS without any flaws.

These are Beta versions, not meant for the public. But there’s a group of users that tend to leak these OS’s (latest: 10.3.2) and certain blogs continue to support this illegal action, knowing that it hurts the company.

We truly understand the thirst for a new OS, but leaking BETA OS is a crime. It is stealing software.

Do the right thing; follow Chen’s statement from last March 2014:

“One of the most frustrating things for all of us at BlackBerry is when a critical and confidential project is reported in the media before we are ready to discuss it. Leaks are, at their best, distracting, and at their worst downright misleading to our stakeholders. The business implications of a leak are seldom advantageous.”

Stop the bleeding! No more Beta leaks, don’t support this action!

The below collection of BlackBerry fan sites and BBM Channels are taking a collective stance on these leaks. We will not support the leaks and those that provide them. We will not promote the leaks and those that distribute them. We do choose, as fans, to support and promote BlackBerry, and we invite you, the BlackBerry fan, to join us.

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BBlogs.info presents: 2014 Year End summary. From rock bottom to success and perception change.

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 2013 ended with dark clouds that clattered upon BlackBerry. Investors and analysts were very pessimistic about the stock performance due to the continuous decline in sales and revenue and increasing loss. John Chen, had been the CEO of BlackBerry just for a couple of months and everyone’s was looking up to him.

BlackBerry, Once a market leader was facing a very difficult time. Android has completely dominated the market and still is. Still! BlackBerry slowly rose and proved haters wrong. From a losing company in 2013, It made a successful turnaround and reported a profit towards the end of calendar year of 2014! How? It’s market share has still shrunk to just 0.5% worldwide as per IDC.

In the consumer perception, BlackBerry is just a device manufacturer who relies purely on device sales. However, BlackBerry has been doing so much more since its inception. A pioneer and leader in secure Enterprise Mobility Management, BlackBerry has always been a favorite of high profile people, such as US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameroon and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Under Chen, BlackBerry completely changed its target audience. When the Z10 was launched in 2013, BlackBerry was trying to capture the consumer market, challenging Android and iOS. BlackBerry badly lost this battle. The Z10 is in fact one of the worst devices of 2013 due to its new OS that lacked features that Android offered out of the box. The company soon lost momentum and became irrelevant for the consumer. Now, BlackBerry is targeting a niche market of business professionals who need productivity and security on the go.

Image Courtesy: BlackBerry.com

Image Courtesy: BlackBerry.com

BlackBerry rolled out version 10.2.1 in 2014, which brought in the utility to directly install Android apk files. Hence, the hassle of sideloading every app suddenly vanished and third party app stores boomed on BlackBerry devices!

BlackBerry’s first device launched in 2014 was the low cost Z3 (aka Jakarta Edition). A full touch device which was first launched in Indonesia, which has long been a faithful market for BlackBerry and this trick did well. The budget handset was then launched in developing markets like India, Philippines and Nigeria.

BlackBerry even went ahead and acquired two small companies, Secusmart and Movirtu. Further enhancing the security features it offered. Chen is now extremely optimistic that BlackBerry will be profitable in fiscal year 2016.

Image Courtesy: Secusmart

Image Courtesy: Secusmart

In June 2014 Chen showed off the Classic and Passport. Passport is the most unique device ever launched by BlackBerry and mostly received positive response due to its innovative keyboard and reader friendly display. BlackBerry has taken a lot of heat regarding the low availability of apps in BlackBerry World. The company soon bridged this gap by collaborating with Amazon and integrating the Amazon App Store as part of 10.3.XX OS version. BlackBerry also developed a whole new feature named BlackBerry Blend that allows the user to display and control the Hub, Calendar, BBM and contacts through a PC or tablet. So, you can now access BBM from your computer or tablet! The BlackBerry Passport sold like hot pancakes in North America. Selling over 200,000 units in just 6 hours. The Passport came bundled with 10.3 OS, which brought in a massive UI change and new features.

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While the company was releasing new and innovative devices, It was also working on the next generation enterprise tools such as BES 12, BBM Protected and BBM Meetings. BlackBerry’s plan to monetize BBM had started shaping up. BBM Meetings is a complete success with its highly competitive pricing and mobile features. Chen’s EZ Pass program further helped in increasing BES’s client portfolio and increase revenue. A strategic move was announced when BlackBerry partnered with Samsung for EMM solutions on Android via Knox

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BBM has always been a key feature of BlackBerry devices, and in 2014, it just got a lot better. In May, BBM Channels was introduced. It is a small social network built into BBM where communities can easily connect to people. A new fun factor came in with the launch of BBM Shop, Which has Stickers for sale. BBM had been opened to Android and iOS in 2013, and tons of new users were onboard. BBM was further launched in Windows Phone in July. BlackBerry reported that there were 91 Million active users in September. Soon, Minor new features like Message Retraction and Timed Message were added in. BBM is no longer just an IM, But a full-fledged communication tool that can be used by both, a teen and a businessmen.

BBM Meetings

To serve the wealthy class of people, BlackBerry also launched Porsche Edition P’9983 in Dubai. Finally, In December, The BlackBerry Classic has arrived! Chen stated that it was the best BlackBerry ever built! With the return of the trackpad, Old Bold users were very attracted to the new and improved device. In fact, It sold better than the Passport at launch! Finally, The year ends with BlackBerry finally posting a profit of $16 Million. The company still has a long way to go, it definitely made a ‘Comeback’!

Conclusion:

2014 is mostly a bad image change process and the return of the BlackBerry brand into legitimacy in the technology world. If until 2009 and maybe some part from 2010, the BlackBerry brand was a synonym to status and luxury that everyone attempted to follow and imitate. The next 3.5 years were the complete opposite. Everyone tried to abandon BlackBerry like a plague. These technologists that until recently have been BlackBerry users, began attacking the company and Blackberry has become a pariah in the mobile market, while Google with Android and Apple with iOS were racing ahead. The amount of times we’ve heard that “BlackBerry is dead” or that “BlackBerry will not last another year” was enormous.

Three and a half years that everyone loved to hate the BlackBerry. Then in November 2013, John Chen was nominated as CEO and he knew he had a number of complicated tasks ahead, but one which is difficult to impossible is how to turn the BlackBerry brand back into positive contexts.

During the past 12 months, the usual debate about whether BlackBerry will seize to exist or will be acquired has almost stopped. Suddenly there are positive reports, such as the company’s EMM solutions or QNX. Even by top technology reviewers that until recently used to bash BlackBerry. We can now see influential people who are not afraid to show their BlackBerry devices, they also do not get laughed about with statements such as: “What is it? Does anyone still uses a BlackBerry?”.

If 4 years ago, people used to appreciate BlackBerry users, this phenomenon is recurring today: “BlackBerry is for serious people”, “BlackBerry is best for business”. These reactions are very good in our view. Mainly because these are the main reasons most BlackBerry users started using BlackBerry devices. It reminds us of the days when using iOS was unique, if you had a Mac computer at home you probably would be considered a guru. So it is today with BlackBerry. If you have a BlackBerry, you must be a professional. You are looking for a device that does everything, but foremost is an excellent tool.

If we look a little at the upcoming year, BlackBerry has still much marketing work to be done. The debate whether a full physical keyboard still has place in this world must come to an end for as long as there is a market and people are purchasing such devices. The company’s branding should proceed without deflections. Perhaps that in the near future BlackBerry will not return to be the iconic company we knew in 2009, but it should definitely gain a respectable market share amongst the world’s leading users.

May we all have a great 2015 year, and that we will finally rejoice with lots of great BlackBerry moments.

 

 

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BlackBerry Achieves Non-GAAP Profitability and Positive Cash Flow for the Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter

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BlackBerry Achieves Non-GAAP Profitability and Positive Cash Flow for the Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Dec. 19, 2014) – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today reported financial results for the three months ended November 29, 2014 (all figures in U.S. dollars and U.S. GAAP, except where otherwise indicated).

Q3 Highlights:

  • Cash and investments balance of $3.1 billion at the end of the fiscal quarter
  • Normalized positive cash flow of $43 million in the quarter, compared to cash use of $36 million in the prior quarter
  • Non-GAAP earnings of $0.01 per share compared to a loss of $0.02 per share in the prior quarter
  • Non-GAAP and GAAP gross margin of 52%, driven by a second consecutive quarter of positive hardware gross margin
  • Non-GAAP operating profit of $16 million, up from $2 million last quarter
  • Launched BES12 and a portfolio of Value Added Services
  • Ending the EZ Pass Program after the quarter with a total of 6.8 million licenses issued for BES10, a 100% increase from last quarter, with over 30% of total licenses traded in from competitors’ Mobile Device – – Management platforms
  • Completed the acquisition of Movirtu, a provider of virtual SIM solutions, during the quarter. Completed the acquisition of Secusmart, a leader in high-security voice and text encryption, after the quarter ended
  • Announced partnerships with Samsung, Vodafone, Ingram Micro, Brightstar, Salesforce.com and many others

Q3 Results

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was $793 million. The revenue breakdown for the quarter was approximately 46% for hardware, 46% for services and 8% for software and other revenue. During the third quarter, the Company recognized hardware revenue on approximately 2 million BlackBerry smartphones. During the third quarter, approximately 1.9 million BlackBerry smartphones were sold through to end customers, which included shipments made and recognized prior to the third quarter and which reduced the Company’s inventory in channel.

Non-GAAP profit for the third quarter was $6 million, or $0.01 per share, reversing a loss of $0.02 last quarter. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $148 million, or $0.28 per share. The GAAP net loss includes a non-cash charge associated with the change in the fair value of the debentures of $150 million (the “Q3 Fiscal 2015 Debentures Fair Value Adjustment”) and pre-tax restructuring charges of $5 million related to the restructuring program. The impact of these adjustments on GAAP net loss and loss per share is summarized in a table below.

Total cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments was $3.1 billion as of November 29, 2014. The cash balance increased $43 million in the third quarter, excluding net outlays of $31 million related to acquisitions during the quarter. Purchase obligations and other commitments amounted to approximately $1.6 billion as of November 29, 2014, with purchase orders with contract manufacturers representing approximately $565 million of the total, compared to $344 million at the end of the second quarter.

“We achieved a key milestone in our eight quarter plan with positive cash flow. We also attained another important milestone in the release of our new enterprise software products and devices,” said Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen. “Our focus now turns to expanding our distribution and driving revenue growth.”

Outlook

The Company continues to anticipate maintaining its strong cash position, while increasingly looking for opportunities to prudently invest in growth. The Company continues to anticipate break-even or better cash flow from operations.

The Company is expanding its distribution capability, and expects traction from these efforts to manifest some time in fiscal 2016. The company continues to target sustainable non-GAAP profitability some time in fiscal 2016.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held today beginning at 8 am ET, which can be accessed by dialing 1-888-503-8168 or by logging on at http://ca.blackberry.com/company/investors/events.html. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 10 am ET by dialing 1-647-436-0148 and entering pass code 8015758# or by clicking the link above. This replay will be available until midnight ET January 2nd, 2015.

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DIVSI study: Comparison of mobile OS

DIVSI (German Institute for trust and security on the Internet ) introduced in March 2014 a study on ” Find out more about the use of smartphones “. This OS are compared: BlackBerry OS10, Android, iOS and WindowsPhone. In the study report the complex processes that run in the background are explained.

The aim of the study is to create an awareness of how the average smartphone user have influence on the transfer and processing of data. This was achieved by test equipment, documentation of manufacturers and minimum configurations.

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In the private user market it is presented at the 4 operating systems tested as follows :
“bad vs terrible”, but BlackBerry is positively striking.
BlackBerry OS10 but has been developed with the priority on safety, as the White Paper points out. The private customer would like to take advantage of every opportunity to communicate with its environment, like Facebook and Twitter. The security of the data depands on the behavior of the users themselves. So who logs on to Facebook, can not complain to the smartphone manufacturer on the passing of his data in retrospect. Here, however, BlackBerry stands out: BlackBerry writes the apps for Facebook and some cloud providers on its own. Consequently, it is not necessary to install an additional Facebook Messenger, which requires the permissions to make calls or sending text messages as in Android. Furthermore, you can edit the permissions for BlackBerry apps, without compromising the basic functionality of the apps.

BlackBerry has its focus on Enterprise customers. BlackBerry can score with his BES12 in this market. One single admin console for BlackBerry, Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Plus the eBBM ™ Suite. This offers the BBM Protected , a messenger with FIPS 140-2 validated encryption technology, BBM meetings, a way for secure VoIP conferencing, and other functions.
Due to the BES connection a customer has BlackBerry Balance on his BlackBerry. Two accounts , a private and a professional, strictly separated from each other. Plus the acquisition of Secusmart (encrypted communication via hardware encryption in form of an SD card) and Movirtu (2 contracts with separate bills and numbers on a single SIM card), the users have full control of data integrity without sacrificing the private user experience. And with BlackBerry OS10.3.1, which will be coming in January 2015: Improved internal and external ” out” messages, s/mime and PGP encryption and camera for the workspace.

Now we are showing some chapters (numbers in the headlines) of the study, shortened or summarized. BlackBerry and its differences to other operating systems are the focus.

We have attached the original graphics, so they are in german language.

2. Key Findings

Users should be aware: each manufacturer establishes connections to their infrastructure and the manufacturers use the usage data to improve their services.

  • The survey of usage and diagnostic data is carried out by the manufacturer in anonymous form.
    Except of Android all operating systems provide an option to disable the survey.
  • Private data on smartphones can be synchronized with cloud services of the manufacturer.
    Synchronisation on WindowsPhone can´t be disabled.
  • If app permissions are organized in groups and a user give the agreement for this group, this can be problematic. On Android the permissions can change within a already confirmed group, without user agreement after an update. For example: an app is allowed to access the Call Statistics, after an update it is allowed to make calls without user interaction, because the permissions are organized in one group.
  • Users may withdraw the permissions (or grant) for apps for BlackBerry OS and iOS. Users of an unmodified Android or WindowsPhone don´t have this option.

3. Tested mobile operating systems

Android, BlackBerry OS10 , iOS and Windows Phone

5.1 Smartphone setup

Smartphones, OS version:

  • Android : LG E960 Nexus 4, Android 4.4.3
  • BlackBerry OS: BlackBerry Q5, BlackBerry OS10.2.1.2977
  • iOS: Apple iPhone 5s, iOS 7.1.1
  • WindowsPhone: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows Phone 8.0

Note: Available in November 2014: Android 4.4.4 , BlackBerry OS10.3 , iOS8.1 and WindowsPhone 8.1.

 

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5.1.2 Minimum settings in practice

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All 4 manufacturers establishing connections to their own infrastructure. All are using a TLS encryption for part of their communication (Android 13.4%, BlackBerry 3.4% , iOS 52%, WindowsPhone 44.9%).

Continuous links: iOS ( for push messages), Android ( video and chat functions) and BlackBerry (According to the study: unknwon. But we know: connection to the BlackBerry Server for PIM services and BlackBerry services)
Android built just one connection to an advertising service: DoubleClick, an advertising company of Google.

Android and BlackBerry OS establish a connection to gpsonextra to receive updates for the basic positioning service.

All 4 operating systems establish a connection to Content Delivery Networks (CDN) to deliver the data quickly and without distortion.

WindowsPhone establishes a connection to a service for location services. This happens also if the user denied that connection in the setup.

5.6 Survey of usage and diagnostic data

In the study is mentioned, that the option to disable diagnostic data is given to all mobile OS, except of Android.

Android can carry out the complete usage of Google services, there are for example affected the lists of telephone numbers. The processing of data takes place on several servers in several countries. Furthermore, a user can maintain access to their data, but only if it can be implemented with a reasonable effort. Backups are probably never deleted by non-active servers.

BlackBerry users in the European Economic Area agree that their data are processed outside the European Economic Area. BlackBerry committed to complete deletion, destruction or anonymisation of data if they are no longer needed. BlackBerry can use private information of the user to respond to court orders, warrants, or other legal requirements or legal process, or to give emergency assistance in situations that are life-threatening. In this case, BlackBerry does not require consent of the user.

Apple passes the data on to third parties that provide services for Apple. Data from users in the European Economic Area will be stored and processed in Ireland. However, Apple publishes the data to government authorities, even outside the country of residence. Explicitly national security.

According to the study, WindowsPhone has the highest number of affected data. Microsoft notes that the data of their users are possible stored and processed in the US and other countries by Microsoft, its partners, affiliates and service providers. Government agencies also get help from the manufacturer .

6. Basic functions and Cloud

  • Android: Creating a Google Account, the user is prompted immediately to synchronize the contacts via Google cloud services. The data is only transmitted after users consent.
  • BlackBerry: DIVSI writes that the BlackBerry OS does not allow the cloud synchronization. This is not entirely correct. BlackBerry has no private cloud service for home users. But it is possible to synchronise the contacts across multiple protocols, for example Microsoft Exchange or CardDAV.
  • iOS: Sync with iCloud is default and can be disabled.
  • WindowsPhone: No deactivation of synchronization possible.

The situation is similar for calendaring and scheduling information as well as photos and music. BlackBerry can synchronize photos with Dropbox or Box for example. Music and video via 7digital with a standalone app.
The data were not entirely correct, these points were not taken from the DIVSI study.

6.2 E-Mails and text messages

While BlackBerry summarizes all accounts in the BlackBerry Hub together, it represents every style of textual communication in an own app. All other manufacturers combine some of their short message services with IP messengers.

6.3 Browsing the Web

  • Android: No private mode, no do-not-track option, only coarse-grained cookie settings, no cloud synchronization
  • BlackBerry: Private mode, no do-not-track option, only coarse-grained cookie settings, no cloud synchronization
  • iOS: Private mode, do-not-track option , fine-grained cookie settings, cloud sync
  • WindowsPhone: do-not-track option, coarse-grained cookie settings

6.7 Further cloud services

All providers have a cloud in their portfolio, except for the BlackBerry private users. For private users, there is BlackBerry Protect, which offers a discovery of a stolen device. Connected to BES, the server memory can be integrated as a cloud.

7.1 App-Markets

All manufacturers consider the apps before setting them in their markets.
BlackBerry OS tests native and Android apps before installation. The statement in the study ” a general statement about security test automation of these third markets, can not be made.” is just for third-party markets.

Comparison of Security Models

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Time and selective award
Android and Windows Phone offer only to award or deny all permissions.

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Android: Since May 2014, the permissions are organized in groups. Allowing an application to access a group, permissions might be added later without user activity with an update.

Only with BlackBerry and iOS, you can change the permissions individually afterwards. Android and WindowsPhone: no way.

Regulated and recognizable access to user data

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Other safety precautions of the operating systems

Screen Lock

All operating systems provide different types of screen lock.

Android and iOS offer fingerprint sensors. This is questionable, since these systems have been bypassed and with the use of this possibility the fingerprint is “burned” as an security token.

BlackBerry offers picture password. It displayes numbers in a grid on the whole display. A predetermined number must be set to a certain predetermined pixel. Incomprehensible and unique.

Encoding
All manufacturers offer encryption. Only for WindowsPhone you need an Exchange server, for private users unusual.

Android and WindowsPhone encrypt only when power is off (most of the smartphones are online all day).

BlackBerry encrypted immediately, even for incoming data on a locked device.

iOS works with non-transparent protection classes.

7.4 Data usage: Angry Birds

Android

Advertising (banners and videos) are displayed.
164 connections, 52 are encrypted with TLS, 38 endpoints, 6.05 megabytes were exchanged.

Unencrypted via http is transmitted:
Selected language, device ID and MAC (but not in plain text), IP, carrier, device type, operating system and version, screen resolution.

Several connections to third-party advertising.

BlackBerry

No further communication to the data from section 5.1.2 recognized!

iOS

43 connections, 38 are encrypted with TLS, 13 endpoints, 1.11 megabytes were exchanged.

Because of encrypting it is not clear what data has been transferred.

WindowsPhone

52 connections, 39 are encrypted with TLS, 26 endpoints, 1.44 megabytes were exchanged.
The usage of the app is transmitted to multiple services.

Experimental set-up

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The four smartphones were logged on to a WPA2-secured (encrypted) wireless network, specially set up for the study. The access point is realized by a Linux server that is connected to the Internet and routes the traffic of the individual smartphones to the Internet. At this point it is possible to record the network traffic and to examine subsequently overlooking the performed data transfers.

For the tests in Section 5.1.2, the phones have been reset to factory settings. The phones are then ready for the first setup by the user. From this time the network traffic was recorded so that all network connections of the setup have been detected on the internet. After setting up the network traffic of the phones was still monitored for several hours without further user interaction.

For the tests in Section 7.4 a customer was on the phone after the first institution set up and bought the game Angry Birds in the respective App Market. The network traffic was recorded from the app start and for the duration of an average user interaction.

 

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26 Definitions of BlackBerry

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A few weeks ago me and few others from inside of BlackBerry Exclusive came up with an A – Z of BlackBerry and I thought after our little get together when we came up with 12 Days of BlackBerry Christmas me and the Fiancé  came up with a little game over on our BlackBerry Exclusive BBM Group – #bbteamexclusive and came up with the 26 Definitions of BlackBerry.

So here goes:

A: Anonymous

B: Blend

C: Cool

D: Daddy

E: Efficient

F: Fan

G: Great

H: Handy

I: Innovation

J: Journey

K: Keys

L: Love

M: Marvelous

N: Native

O: Organised

P: Productivity

Q: QNX

R: RIM

S: Sexy

T: Torch

U: Underrated

V: Video

W: Winchester

X: Xellent (Yeah, we all couldn’t think of one!)

Y: Yummy

Z: Z30

So there you go, our A – Z of our love for BlackBerry!

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12 Days of BlackBerry Christmas!

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Passport from AT&T.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me a new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me several hundred BBM’s, a new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me BlackBerry gives us 10.3, several hundred BBM’s, a new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me an all touch Passport for me, BlackBerry gives us 10.3, several hundred BBM’s, a new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a nice trade up from my Z30, an all touch Passport for me, BlackBerry gives us 10.3, several hundred BBM’s, a new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me an Apple going rotten, a nice trade up from my Z30, an all touch Passport for me, BlackBerry gives us 10.3, several hundred BBM’s, a new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me something that can actually use NFC, an apple going rotten, a nice trade up from my Z30, an all touch Passport for me, a BlackBerry gives us 10.3, several hundred BBM’s, a new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a dark hub that works perfectly, something that can actually use NFC, an apple going rotten, a nice trade up from my Z30, an all touch Passport for me, BlackBerry gives us 10.3, several hundred BBM’s, A new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a brand new BlackBerry Z3, a dark hub that works perfectly, something that can actually use NFC, an apple going rotten, a nice trade up from my Z30, an all touch Passport for me, BlackBerry gives us 10.3, several hundred BBM’s, A new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me a brand new Classic and some Whiskey for me, a brand new BlackBerry Z3,a dark hub that works perfectly, something that can actually use NFC, an apple going rotten, a nice trade up from my Z30, an all touch Passport for me, BlackBerry gives us 10.3, several hundred BBM’s, A new notification from UTB and a Passport from AT&T.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Merry Christmas to all friends of BlackBerry!

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BlackBerry and Microsoft’s MDM solution!

The integrated MDM solution built in to Office 365, announced last week by Microsoft, appears to come to compete directly with BES12. Will this be a Knockout Punch to BlackBerry like the sensationalist article tittle by Seeking Alpha suggests?

“At the end of the day, BlackBerry has to persuade both enterprise customers and device users to prefer their products to the alternatives” – Michael Blair, Seeking Alpha

Can`t agree with this. Why? Isn’t it Microsoft that has to convince that their unproven MDM is competitive against the competition? Does this solution offer more than MobileIron or Airwatch?

Microsoft are the ones that needs to prove themselves and build their respect among the corporations, as it is more famous for hacks and security exploits than almost any other platform. Nonetheless, this certainly is a new challenge for BlackBerry in the corporate and on its recovery.

On the other hand, BlackBerry has the gold standard for true “end to end” security and it keeps evolving, bringing the solutions to new levels of security, decades ahead of its competitors. The Waterloo based company is well known as the most trusted and most secure mobile enterprise platform and BES12 has a surprise coming up on November 13th.

It’s a fact that Samsung failed in the corporate market, IBM/Apple deal have yet to show its value and Microsoft must prove themselves, while BlackBerry enterprise customer base nearly tripled last quarter as they roughly stole 20% of customers from competition. As seen, the EZ Pass program might end earlier than expected as they are attracting so many enterprise customers.

The latest’s facts shows us that BlackBerry is gaining the enterprise at insane rate and keeps pushing more solutions and security to keep moving even further. So, it’s good to know that:

John Chen is ready for competition!

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