Mark Cuban single-handedly brings keyboard phones back from the dead!
Mark Cuban (@mcuban) had some interesting tweets out this morning:
I revived my old sidekick phone to do email over wifi. Keyboard makes me 100% faster.
Blackberry only survives because of the keyboard.I prefer a 4 year old sidekick to touch keyboards. Keyboard on Android or IOS anyone? Pls!
How much productivity is lost autocorrecting autocorrect? I TouchType 55 words per min on sidekick.I'm a - 10 words per min on IOS/Android
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- CrackBerry Abuser
08-24-14, 01:59 PM #5
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- 08-24-14, 04:55 PM #8
He isn't exactly the Porsche 998x kind of a guy (although he can afford them many times over.) He should be sent a Passport, or maybe a souped up Classic (built to Passport specs, but just for him lol.) And send it to him on a private jet, in the hands of a guy who can show him the OS.
I can't honestly see Cuban bringing back the Sidekick (his later tweets explored buying the IP from Microsoft), but I think this starts to open a discussion. Especially given BlackBerry's victory over Typo in court.
This strikes me as a phenomenal time to introduce an innovative new keyboard phone. Cuban is unwittingly helping set the stage...
- CrackBerry Genius
08-26-14, 03:09 AM #13
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- 08-26-14, 05:58 AM #14
My friend and I had a bet once on who could sell the most sidekick phones ($0 on contract). Suffice to say, I never saw a phone with a higher return rate. But those Americans love their "free".
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- 09-01-14, 12:19 PM #15
Thanks for posting Thunderbuck.
I am going back to a BlackBerry classic (99% chance) or passport because I am sick of the touch screen keyboards. And that is with a Z10 keyboard which isn't bad compared to others.
A touchscreen keyboard is like someone taping your mouth shut and then asking you to talk.
- 09-02-14, 08:32 AM #16
Honestly, I think the keyboard is the ONLY reason for most folks to buy a Blackberry at this point. Chen made the right call there IMO. It's the one niche where Blackberry still has basically no competition, and even though it's a small niche, it's still a relevant one. I'd probably still be carrying a Q10 at work if my job hadn't changed how and when I need to communicate.
- 09-02-14, 10:11 AM #19
- 09-02-14, 10:16 AM #21
Man... this just makes me think of how badly I coveted the OG sidekick / hiptop thing. That was like, power glove levels of cool back then.
EDIT2: why aren't you on AIM???!
I hooked up to a train of failing phones just to use a slider (Pre / Pre 2 / Pre 3).
Once again the S-word returns to the boards.
Give us the slider, Chen!
- CrackBerry Master
09-02-14, 07:05 PM #24
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When will you clowns figure it out?
Plenty of good ideas, phones, and services were in pipeline before Chen.
The difference is he is prioritizing and executing. Managing. Leading. Not the genius in chief but the CEO.
One time at a luncheon, Coach Saban told us that when he came ot LSU, he evaluated each player on athletic ability. Over half of the top 22 athletes were sitting on the bench. No surprise as the defense two years before under another coach was the worst in LSU history - with several players who made NFL rosters. Problem wasn't players, it was the leadership, coaching, and putting the best assets in place to have a chance to make plays and win.
That is what Chen is doing. Missed deadlines are done or if missed, it's by a small amount of time. Ideas are developed. Decision and management trees flattened. People feel like they can actually contribute.
That is the difference.
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