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  1. goUSAFblue's Avatar
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    Default So What is BlackBerry Doing to Fix It (which obviously is not advertising)?

    This is my second of 3 'blog' posts I had to do for internship this summer. This one is more of a fact-finding one, but I hope you find it interesting all the same

    So what is BlackBerry doing to fix it (which obviously is not advertising).

    With BB10 not performing as well as it hoped, and it's shares tumbling at an alarming rate, BlackBerry was getting more desperate. It needed to adopt a new strategy if there was any chance to prevent the once great mobile technologies company from failing.

    With the appointment of John S. Chen, BlackBerry's newest CEO and replacement of Thorsten Heins, the company quickly got to work, with Chen taking out an ad in the Wall Street Journal announcing his continued interest in consumers and the handset business. The decision to continue on with the handset business of the company was something that many were doubting BlackBerry would do and has been continuously stirring up a lot of controversy as to whether or not it was the right decision. Somewhat in contrast to his statement in the Wall Street Journal however, was John Chen's decision to highlight the fact that BlackBerry was no longer a handset manufacturer, but a company that offered complete mobile solutions, including enterprise software, security, and conveniently, handsets. This business model would help calm investors and show that BlackBerry is not solely dependent on smartphone sales, but actually well diversified throughout the mobile market, all together an understandable decision.

    The 'interim' CEO then initiated different cost cutting programs that aimed at helping the company 'tighten the hatches'. This included selling most of BlackBerry's property in Canada, as well as laying off 4,500 jobs. One of Chen's more highly regarded moves was his decision to enter in a five year partnership with Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer known for its mass production of Apple's products. The agreement meant that BlackBerry has negated a significant portion of the risk of having poor smartphone sales and excess inventory, something BlackBerry was seeing too much of lately. So far, the cost cutting programs have paid off, with the company's operating expenses down 57% last quarter compared to the same time a year ago.

    Chen then announced a restructuring program, again aimed at the continued diversifying of BlackBerry, with an emphasis on mobile enterprise solutions (in short, when companies give their employees work phones) as well as the expansion of BlackBerry Messenger, a.k.a. BBM (which apparently is quite popular, though I don't know a single person that uses it), into Android, iOS, and Windows operating systems.

    More exciting (at least for me) is BlackBerry's new phones that are hitting the market this year. On May 14th, the smartphone manufacturer officially unveiled the Z3, a low cost smartphone aimed at trying to grab a higher market share in developing Asian markets such as Indonesia, India, and the Philippines. It might be too early to tell, but the phone appears to be selling rather well. More relatable to the U.S. markets is the unveiling of two physical keyboard smartphones, the Passport, due in September and promising to bring the innovation that BlackBerry was known for (seriously, look it up), and the Classic, due in November and trying to convince old BlackBerry users to join BB10 by re-introducing the infamous trackpad (again, look it up). All three phones will help bring BlackBerry back into the positive spotlight and propel it's turn around. To appease the more business minded, in the event the new phones flop, which to many standards the previous BB10 models did, BlackBerry has already mitigated the risk and cost so much that the consequences will hopefully be minimal (not an optimistic view, but a reasonable one).

    In a general standpoint, the past year has been an important one for the mobile technologies company, and at the reins, John Chen has made some impressive and decisive decisions. So far, the company has impressed investors and beat analyst expectations (in other words, the company's stock is up), and as far as publicly traded companies go, that might just be enough to "save the patient" and keep the pride of Canada that is BlackBerry alive.

    P.S. I typed this entire blog on my BlackBerry Q10

    Sources:

    Is BlackBerry Actually Going To Turn It Around? ? Co.Labs ? code + community
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/te...jobs.html?_r=0
    BlackBerry Says Growth in Sight as Turnaround Takes Hold - Bloomberg
    BlackBerry Z3 | CrackBerry.com
    BlackBerry Officially Unveils BlackBerry Z3, Jakarta Edition - Press Releases
    BlackBerry CEO shows off new Passport and Classic phones - GSMArena.com news
    BlackBerry's Passport to the future - CNET

    Posted with no typos using the Q10
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    I also posted in a previous thread (where I shared my first of three blog posts). I posted the link below in case you want to read it.

    Samsung vs Blackberry- Why Samsung dominates and Blackberry... Samsung is largely considered to have

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    The shares are no longer tumbling. That's where I stopped reading. The first untrue statement to make the readers eyebrows raise is enough for me.

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    Interesting read. Thanks for the post.
    I can only assume by posting it here you're open to opinions.

    My only two cents is that (imo) many changes made may seem under john chens leadership but the wheels were likely in motion long before. Ie they didn't sell millions of Sq ft of office space simply because bb10 was failing.

    The real estate sales and layoffs were part of a much larger plan....running alongside the release of bb10 but not because of poor sales- again my opinion.

    Well written though

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    Looks good. I've had lots of people over the last month who see me using my Q10 ask me a bunch of questions.
    They ask me why I'm using a Blackberry again. They ask me about the apps. But when I hand them the phone to check it out, most say that they missed the keypad and they like how the Q10 feels in their hand.

    I hope BlackBerry makes a huge come back. But in the mean time I really enjoy using it again.

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    7520>7130>8100>8830>8320>8130>iphone 2g>8900>9000>iphone 3g>9700>Droid>8130>9530>8530>9630>9650 a bunch of android phones and finally I am rocking the 9930 and a 9850. 9930 is my primary phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckwylder View Post
    The shares are no longer tumbling. That's where I stopped reading. The first untrue statement to make the readers eyebrows raise is enough for me.

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    Oh yah, I had written this a while ago. Took me some time before I got around to posting it. And it was more of a reference to BlackBerry's stock in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bintheredundat View Post
    Interesting read. Thanks for the post.
    I can only assume by posting it here you're open to opinions.

    My only two cents is that (imo) many changes made may seem under john chens leadership but the wheels were likely in motion long before. Ie they didn't sell millions of Sq ft of office space simply because bb10 was failing.

    The real estate sales and layoffs were part of a much larger plan....running alongside the release of bb10 but not because of poor sales- again my opinion.

    Well written though

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    And this is something I have noticed with this post and my last post. My research was only good enough for the readers at work, but posting it at Crackberry, the posts just get torn apart because so many inaccuracies come to light. But that is something I should expect with so many BlackBerry fanatics and experts around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goUSAFblue View Post
    And this is something I have noticed with this post and my last post. My research was only good enough for the readers at work, but posting it at Crackberry, the posts just get torn apart because so many inaccuracies come to light. But that is something I should expect with so many BlackBerry fanatics and experts around.

    Posted with no typos using the Q10
    Hopefully you're stuff isn't getting torn apart! You obv put in some hard work. Good luck and look forward to reading what you have lined up next. We are a loyal bunch! But hopefully a nice bunch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by buckwylder View Post
    The shares are no longer tumbling. That's where I stopped reading. The first untrue statement to make the readers eyebrows raise is enough for me.
    Reading comprehension fail. Key word in the OP's post is WAS. Also, read that paragraph in CONTEXT, it is not an untrue statement (unless you take it out of context).
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    Unsure if OP meant to say that RIM stock tanked from its hayday... as BB is actually one of the best perfoming tech stock in the last year in terms of percentage......
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckwylder View Post
    The shares are no longer tumbling. That's where I stopped reading. The first untrue statement to make the readers eyebrows raise is enough for me.
    It isn't an untrue statement -- you just need to finish the sentence.


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