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  1. papped's Avatar
    But if Channels merely mimics Twitter, why wouldn't one just use Twitter? Don't get me wrong, I like the idea but I'm not entirely convinced it's compelling enough to convince someone to switch from Twitter to Channels
    It doesn't mimic twitter, I said I would use it instead of twitter eventually. Twitter "mimics" RSS feeds and blog posts in a sense anyways, only the content posted is a lot less and it has some really basic messaging capabilities.

    Also I don't care if other people switch or not. I'm not selling the idea...

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    05-20-13 11:49 AM
  2. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Much of that (probably almost all of it) can be done with a decent smartphone app (something similar to Passbook) and QR or Bar Codes. Any phone with NFC has a decent enough camera to make this viable.

    I checked into my flights with my smartphone via a QR code on my smartphone screen. NFC wasn't needed for that.

    There are instances where NFC actually solves a real world issue itself (and isn't a more expensive to implement solution compared to something that already exists, like QR scanners and the like), but those are very, very niche. For example, you can embed an NFC chip in a business card... Or you can just print a QR code on it and have the other person scan that...
    True, but scanning/printing is a pain...a bump is much easier.

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    05-20-13 03:25 PM
  3. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Picture the person standing at the door for the venue you want to enter. ...lets say you purchased four tickets to the circus for the family...you bump your device and his reader shows your info. seats and number of tickets, your device automatically opens to display that as well...with a map of how to find your seats, concessions and wash rooms ..one bump. Four people enter and everyone is moved along in a more efficient way. Much better than bar or QR codes printed on paper....greener too.

    Not to mention promotional info the vendor could broadcast through Channels ton you while at the event...because they know your there...lets say a picture with the clowns and the elephants for a discount of 20%...possibilities are endless.
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    05-20-13 03:31 PM
  4. ccbs's Avatar
    i think you need to readjust your time horizon. Check back in 2 years and let's see what the tech/social media landscape looks like.
    I have seen similar claim on BBM Music killing Itune, Zune and Amazon MP3. We all know how that turned out. My point is people on this forum are too eager to declare premature victory whenever BBRY enter any new territory.
    As an observer and stock holder, I don't think BBM will add any value to their earning in the near term.
    05-20-13 04:14 PM
  5. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Agree...not near term by any means...these take time but this Channels thing is by far the most interesting imo.

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    05-20-13 04:27 PM
  6. docgasberry's Avatar
    ........

    As an observer and stock holder, I don't think BBM will add any value to their earning in the near term.
    Twitter started in 2006, and has received US$600M+ worth of investment to date. And IPO is rumored for this year or 2014.

    MS bought Skype for US$8.5B in 2011. And retired MSN Messenger soon after. I am sure MS must have seen the potential of Skype to pay so much for it. Skype has 600+ million subscribers.

    If BBM has 80 million subscribers now, what would the value of BBM to BBRY? I guess this would be the immediate value of BBM to BBRY today.
    05-20-13 11:24 PM
  7. docgasberry's Avatar
    In trying to put a value to a cross platform BBM, I came across this article.

    BlackBerry's turnaround is for real, says Cormark

    Whatsapp is mentioned as valued as much as $1 billion. Again, BBM-X has as much potential as Whatsapp for it does essentially the same stuff and more. For free. I guess if BBM takes off, Whatsapp will definitely be valued less.
    05-26-13 10:37 PM
  8. docgasberry's Avatar
    And speed is apparently another advantage of BBM ......

    Provident Security is moving back to the BlackBerry platform because their trials with the iPhone and Android phones didn’t go that well.

    Provident is a security company with about 170 employees in Vancouver, Canada, which offers the unique benefit of on-site response should an alarm trigger or a customer (mostly residential) call. Unlike most security companies that call first to save a truck roll, Provident immediately dispatches.

    Since 1996, Provident Security has grown from a one-man operation providing security at high school dances to becoming one of* the largest privately held, full service security companies in Vancouver. With a team of nearly 200, and more than 5,000 clients, Provident provides complete electronic security installation, service, monitoring and response services as well as a full complement of security guard services and consulting.

    Their security installations include a range of perimeter and internally triggering systems that include camera monitoring. This last has a feature that will automatically get them to respond should someone behave unusually around your home, like jumping over a fence or approaching the pool when no one is around.

    The alert goes out to their roving security guards, who then text back if they can make it in the window. The alerting mechanism’s speed is critical because if the message takes even a minute to get routed there is no way the security guard can respond and then get to the site within the five minute total window.

    BlackBerry’s Advantage

    The BlackBerry advantage wasn’t the device—it was the BlackBerry messaging server which delivered messages near instantly. The email systems that backed up the iPhones and Android phones just weren’t fast enough, and buffer and delivery issues resulted in delays for routing messages. BlackBerry started as a two-way paging service, and they remain much faster than traditional cell phones for message delivery as long as you remain inside the BlackBerry solution envelope.

    With my own email services, it can often take one or two minutes for an email to get through the various buffers and filters and then sync to the phone. You can’t have that when seconds count.

    Interestingly, 80 percent of the phones Provident is getting are the keyboard-equipped Q10 devices.

    Clearly the security and other unique advantages contribute to the reasons Provident chose this phone, but in this instance, the overriding feature was messaging speed.

    Companies have a lot of choice with regard to which technology they implement. And that choice can make decisions like the one Provident made more difficult. However, they realized early that there was one feature they absolutely had to have—speed. By focusing on that one feature, and otherwise difficult decisions turned out to be relatively easy because no other solution could match the speed of the BlackBerry.
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    05-27-13 08:56 AM
  9. Jim Banks1's Avatar
    umm, it may not be free.... I was just asked to do a survey where they asked all kinds of questions about what features with bbm I would be willing to pay for....I think there will be a free basic version and to add features you will have to pay. They were mostly talking about monthly fees too not one time ones.

    So if all you get is the basic version it really doesn't add anything that whatsapp etc don't already do as well.
    05-31-13 09:45 PM
  10. Tre Lawrence's Avatar
    umm, it may not be free.... I was just asked to do a survey where they asked all kinds of questions about what features with bbm I would be willing to pay for....I think there will be a free basic version and to add features you will have to pay. They were mostly talking about monthly fees too not one time ones.

    So if all you get is the basic version it really doesn't add anything that whatsapp etc don't already do as well.
    Interesting...
    05-31-13 09:56 PM
  11. papped's Avatar
    umm, it may not be free.... I was just asked to do a survey where they asked all kinds of questions about what features with bbm I would be willing to pay for....I think there will be a free basic version and to add features you will have to pay. They were mostly talking about monthly fees too not one time ones.

    So if all you get is the basic version it really doesn't add anything that whatsapp etc don't already do as well.
    Paid subscription channels would make sense.

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    06-02-13 02:20 PM
  12. leboreiro's Avatar
    I dont think it will killd twitter or skype. But im sure when it goes out to android and ios it will definitely smack down whatsapp and line ...

    Sent from my GT-I9300 using CB Forums mobile app
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    06-08-13 10:01 AM
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