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Quick Review: Sprint BlackBerry Q10

Sprint BlackBerry Q10We are a little behind in this review, but that’s because I have been using the device for months and months instead of just a few days or a week as in typical reviews. I have been a BlackBerry loyalist since 2006, however in the past few years they had started to drop off my radar since they were not keeping up with the trends and technology that other smartphones were offering. I admit, I left BlackBerry and went to an iPhone for personal use. However, when BlackBerry 10 was announced, I again because intrigued by where BlackBerry was going and what they were going to have to offer.

I started off using the BlackBerry Z10 and found it to be a good device, but it just didn’t feel like the BlackBerry I had become so accustomed to. When the BlackBerry Q10 was launched, I saw exactly what I had been looking for. A sleek new device offering the BlackBerry 10 experience AND a keyboard! For those of you that have used a BlackBerry in the past, you have to admit, there is just something about that keyboard experience.

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T-Mobile Announces iPhone 5 and New Plans

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This morning T-Mobile held their Un-Carrier Event, but before things took off the carrier started flipping on their 4G / LTE network in 7 major cities before the official announcement.

T-Mobile talked it’s “Simple Choice plan” which eliminates annual service contracts for consumers and allows them to move to one simple rate plan that offers unlimited text, talk and web.

With the new Simple Choice plans customers start with one line at $50 a month and receive unlimited talk, text and web with 500MB of data. A second line will cost you an additional $30 a month and each line after will cost you $10. If you feel 500MB isn’t enough (it isn’t), you can pay an additional $10 per line for 2GB of data. Unlimited 4G / LTE data is available for $20 more a month per line. Read more

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins Talks iPhone

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BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins speaks on Apple’s iPhone in an interview with Australian Financial Review and feels “The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old”, in other words he feels it’s outdated.

Heins did acknowledge “Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market”, he also stated, “They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that.”

Technology on smartphones has advanced in the last few years and consumers are always looking for the next best thing and Heins feels “the rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly.” BlackBerry can relate as the company took a big hit once touchscreen devices became the new standard.

“One area that the new BlackBerry phones had surpassed the iPhone was in the ability to multi-task-running multiple apps at once” said, Heins. This allows for users to work on their smartphone as if they were working on their laptop or desktop. Read more

BlackBerry Secure Work Space For Android And iOS

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BlackBerry is opening their doors to Android and iOS with a security solution for both work and personal data on mobile devices, BlackBerry’s Secure Work Space. Managed by BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) users will have a solution for third-party platforms. These solutions will provided secured client applications for e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing.

An update for BES 10 will extend BlackBerry security capabilities for data-at-rest and data-in-transit. It will also, provide separation between your work and personal data on your device.

“With BlackBerry Balance technology, we offer the industry’s only true compromise-free separation of work and personal data and applications,” said David J Smith, EVP, Enterprise Mobile Computing. “With Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices, we’re extending as many of these features as possible to other platforms, critical in today’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) world. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 offers administrators a single, intuitive platform enabling them to effectively and securely manage a variety of devices while protecting their corporate assets and at the same time providing employees the flexibility they desire.”

Secure Work Space is a solution that enables customers to save considerable effort and expense, as they would no longer have to configure and manage expensive VPN solutions.

BlackBerry feels they offer a very “secure and reliable solution” with their Secure Work Space and that it’s a “clear choice for enterprises and governments” to support BYOD policies.

Beta testing for Secure Work Space is already in testing and official availability will be offered by the end of the second quarter. More details we will made available at the BlackBerry Live conference in May.

 

BlackBerry Z10 Available For Pre-Order Tomorrow On Verizon

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Verizon is set to accept BlackBerry Z10 pre-orders starting tomorrow March 14th at 8:00 AM Eastern Time. The BlackBerry Z10 will come in white or black and will be available online or in Verizon Wireless stores starting March 28th.

Priced the same as AT&T, the BlackBerry handset will be $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. You can follow this link to get your pre-order in.

Specifications:

  • 4.2-inch LCD display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 1800 mAh Li-Lon battery (removable)
  • 32 Gb of storage

BlackBerry Z10 Landing In AT&T Stores Starting March 22

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BlackBerry fans it’s starting to become a reality that the BlackBerry Z10 will soon be here. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12th AT&T customers will be able to place their pre-orders for the BlackBerry 10 handset. The BlackBerry Z10 we will be available in AT&T stores March 22nd.

“AT&T customers were the first to experience BlackBerry smartphones and services in the U.S. and we are thrilled to bring the next evolution, the BlackBerry Z10, to the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility. “Customers who have grown to love the tried and true BlackBerry experience will continue to enjoy the easy typing and the secure platform they expect with a fresh platform that lets them get more out of their smartphone with easy access to all their messages in BlackBerry Hub.”

The BlackBerry Z10 will cost $199.99 with a new qualify two-year agreement. If you want to pre-order you can follow this link to AT&T.

 

BlackBerry Z10 Landing In AT&T Stores First

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It looks like the BlackBerry Z10 is going to be available March 15th at AT&T, making AT&T the first of the three carriers to carry the handset. We already know T-Mobile and Verizon will be carrying the Z10 towards the end of this month. T-Mobile on March 27th and Verizon 28th one day apart from each other.

It’s surprising to see AT&T sneak into the picture with the BlackBerry Z10 before the other two carriers. Either way, BlackBerry fans can’t wait for the handset arrive.

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The Return Of BlackBerry – Thoughts From The BlackBerry Experience Forum

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(Richard Piasentin, VP and Managing Director, U.S. Sales, Marketing & Operations, BlackBerry)

When I was boarding my flight to San Francisco for the BlackBerry Experience Forum I received a text message that said, “Have fun”. I immediately replied, “I hope I am not bored to death”.

The feeling with the BlackBerry brand over the last few years has been just that, boring. I of course have followed all the developments with BlackBerry 10 and the two new devices, the Z10 and Q10 long prior to their official acknowledgement of existence from BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) with some hope of a comeback.

When I arrived at BlackBerry Experience Forum yesterday morning at 7:30 the first thing that happened as my blurry eyes tried to focus on a sea on Z10 demo devices, was a very energetic and happy BlackBerry employee at the bottom of the escalator to greet me. He said, “Good morning, welcome to the BlackBerry Experience Forum”. I thanked him and he replied, “I know what I will be doing in retirement, I will make a good Walmart greeter”. That right there showed me a major change in the direction of the company. In years past events were usually filled with uptight suits that wouldn’t give you the time of day and event staff just going through the motions of yet another event.

After getting ready to take notes I headed over to where the keynote was going to take place and got settled in at a desk that was setup for press. Our BlackBerry PR rep came over and introduced herself and wanted to make sure I knew that we had access to any of the executives in attendance. Again a departure from how BlackBerry has formerly handled situations like this. I was very pleased to say the least and getting very excited for the keynote.

First up in the keynote was Richard Piasentin, Vice President and Managing Director of U.S. Sales, Marketing and Operations. He very humbly stated to us:

“This has been a year of transition”

“We tested your patience”

“We stopped listening to our clients and our partners”

“Those days are over”

In just 24 words Mr Piasentin convinced me BlackBerry was back. After attending I can personally assure you BlackBerry is a new company. They have their vision back and are focused on building a quality experience for the end user and those tasked with managing mobile devices.

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(Jeff Holleran Senior Director, Enterprise Product Management, BlackBerry)

A look at the perception of BlackBerry by the media shows a major turnaround as well. Back in June of 2012, 78% of articles had a negative spin to them. We were one of these publishers calling BlackBerry a lost cause. Where those statements warranted? I say they were. At that point BlackBerry had two options, close the doors or address their failures. BlackBerry chose a new attitude and as of today BlackBerry is reported in the press in a much more positive light. Negative articles about BlackBerry shrank from a high of 78% in 2012 to a low of 8% as of February 2013.

As long as we are on numbers lets get a few more out of the way. During the Canadian launch of the BlackBerry Z10 50% of users purchasing the Z10 were coming from non-BlackBerry devices. This is huge, as your largest numbers would be expected to be from people simply sticking with the brand and upgrading an older BlackBerry device. This shows a renewed interest in the brand and confidence returning. In the United Kingdom where BlackBerry has held up fairly strong over the last few years they are showing that 33% of users are coming from non-BlackBerry devices. While lower this is still impressive.

While we were not provided with actual sales numbers, we were told that during the Canadian launch, BlackBerry had a sell through rate that exceed any other launch in the history of the brand.

During the breakout sessions yesterday I received a text message asking if I was bored. I replied. “No, this is amazing, BlackBerry is back”

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I learned a considerable amount at the BlackBerry Experience Forum and will be sharing it all with you soon. Look for a series of articles leading up to the U.S. launch that include How To’s, Tips and feature overviews.

BlackBerry Z10 Has Arrived In Canada

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BlackBerry launched the new BlackBerry Z10 today in Canada. Who better to have at the launch in Toronto, Canada than the president and CEO of BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins and the CEO of Rogers Communications, Nadir Mohamed.

Granted there wasn’t a huge line at the doors for Rogers or Bell but both companies reported there was strong demand for the phone, with 50 percent of pre-orders coming from non-BlackBerry users according to independent technology analyst Chris Umiastowski.

The BlackBerry Z10 will be available through Canada’s major carriers Rogers, Bell and Telus. The smartphone is retailing for $140 on a new three-year agreement or outright for $600.

Specifications:

4.2-inch LCD display

1.5 GHz dual-core CPU

8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash

2 megapixel front-facing camera

2 GB of RAM

1800 mAh Li-Lon battery (removable)

32 Gb of storage

I know users in the U.S are frustrated with the wait to get their hands on the BlackBerry Z10. Late March is a long way away when people want a new device. There are still no details on when the BlackBerry Z10 will officially arrive in the U.S.

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The BlackBerry Z10 And Q10 Get Introduced

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Well, it’s the moment all BlackBerry fans having been waiting for, the announcement of the BlackBerry 10 devices. The new BlackBerry 10 handsets are the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.

Both smartphones are identical on the inside, but different when it comes to screens and keyboards. The Q10 will have the famous QWERTY keyboard giving the handset a smaller display at 3.1 inches while the Z10 has a 4.2″ display with a virtual touch screen keyboard.

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Below are specifications for both the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10:

  • 4.2-inch LCD display with 1280 x 768 resolution (Z10)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1800 mAh Li-lon battery (removable)
  • 32 GB of storage

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The BlackBerry Z10 will be the first of the two smartphones to arrive starting in the UK tomorrow. Canada will be second on the list starting February 5th and then UAE starting the 10th of February.

All four major carriers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have announced that they will be carrying the BlackBerry Z10, but no release dates as of yet.