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  1. BACK-2-BLACK's Avatar
    Why is Blackberry and the market in green today?
    April employment report was a good sign of economy growth. US added 223,000 jobs
    05-08-15 06:12 PM
  2. CDM76's Avatar
    Attachment 351784

    https://twitter.com/JohnLegere/statu...11088826454016

    Legere's tweet was enough to prompt JC to join Twitter:

    .@JohnLegere in his @BlackBerry tee finally got me onto #Twitter. Cant wait to get & wear my Magenta @Tmobile shirt.http://blck.by/1Jw5hEJ

    https://twitter.com/JohnChen
    Still not sure if this is friendly banter or carefully orchestrated PR stunt. Maybe a combination of the two ?

    Posted via CB10
    05-08-15 06:29 PM
  3. bbjdog's Avatar
    April employment report was a good sign of economy growth. US added 223,000 jobs
    Thanks B2B

    LOL
    05-08-15 06:42 PM
  4. bungaboy's Avatar
    Well now . . .

    BlackBerry use by MPPs questioned at Queen’s Park

    Waterloo Region Record
    By Anam Latif

    BlackBerry use by MPPs questioned at Queen?s Park

    KITCHENER — What is being called an "anti-BlackBerry" petition introduced at the Ontario Legislative Assembly on Monday had local Conservative Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris fuming.

    The petition introduced by Liberal MPP for Etibicoke-North, Shafiq Qaadri, asked legislature to allow members of parliament and staff to use a variety of smartphones instead of remaining trapped in its "BlackBerry-only policy."

    Qaadri called the assembly's current policy "handicapping, retarding and penalizing MPPs" — much to the ire of Harris, who thought his use of language was inappropriate.

    "It's highly offensive," Harris said.

    "As an MPP, these are taxpayer-funded devices."

    According to Shared Services Canada, 98 per cent of smartphones used by government employees are BlackBerry devices.

    Along with the government, Shared Services Canada is responsible for determining what type of smartphone is required for individual employees based on their business needs.

    They do not, however, provide smartphones for members of parliament.

    Those are purchased by the assembly and the decision on what type of smartphone will be used is made by the Board of Internal Economy, the governing body of the House of Commons.

    While there is no official "BlackBerry policy," according to legislative assembly clerk Deborah Deller, only BlackBerry phones are purchased for its members and staff.

    This isn't the first time Qaadri asked legislature "to embrace all digital technologies."

    In parliament's last session, he put a similar petition forward on over 20 different occasions, but this was the first time he called the policy "handicapping, retarding and penalizing."

    Harris said BlackBerry phones are used by the government because they have top-notch security and that is why governments from Barack Obama's to Angela Merkel's also use them.

    He was doubly upset that Qaadri would slam a Canadian company, calling it "iconic" and pointed out that BlackBerry, headquartered in Waterloo, employs thousands of Ontarians.

    "If he's upset because he can't get Snapchat on his BlackBerry, frankly he can get his own device and pay for it with his own money," Harris said.

    Deller said members of parliament are free to purchase personal phones with their own funds. But if they want to use a different smartphone for work purposes, she said, "we may or may not support it."

    Liberal MPP Daiene Vernille of Kitchener-Centre said the petition was "one person's opinion," in an email.

    "BlackBerry is the genesis of our region's global tech success.

    "And, I can tell you, our government continues to be a strong supporter of this iconic brand that's transformed the way people connect around the world," she added.

    It is unclear whether or not Qaadri's petition has any traction. When MPPs put forth petitions, the government has 24 days from the day it was tabled to respond. But their response could simply just be a "thank you for the submission."

    Cambridge Liberal MPP Kathryn McGarry also spoke to defend BlackBerry on Thursday following Harris' statement, calling the company a "prime example of an Ontario success story."

    "I have only ever used BlackBerry and will only ever use BlackBerry," she said, adding that she currently has three of them.


    If any of you would like to pass along your thoughts to Shafiq Qaadri, his contact info is:


    Shafiq Qaadri - Contact Information

    sqaadri.mpp@liberal.ola.org

    Ministry
    Premier's Office
    Room 6522, Whitney Block
    99 Wellesley Street West
    Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1

    Tel
    416-327-2295

    Fax
    416-314-7421

    Constituency

    823 Albion Road
    Etobicoke, Ontario M9V 1A3

    Tel
    416-745-2859

    Fax
    416-745-4601

    sqaadri.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
    05-08-15 07:09 PM
  5. cjcampbell's Avatar
    Hmmmm.... a few beers in.... might be just the right time to write a letter to this guy. lol

    Posted via CB10
    05-08-15 07:17 PM
  6. bungaboy's Avatar
    Good article.

    BlackBerry’s virtual SIM solution is their secret weapon

    The ability to provision nine numbers on one SIM card will make life incredibly simple for enterprises, power users, travellers and consumers who hate carrying more than one phone

    Vishal Mathur

    BlackBerry?s virtual SIM solution is their secret weapon - Livemint

    In September, BlackBerry acquired the SIM virtualization company Movirtu. The move didn’t catch the attention of the media but it was very much in tune with the company’s enhanced focus on apps and services, particularly those meant for enterprises and business users. The latest addition to that is SIM card virtualization.

    The Canadian company will leverage Movirtu’s technology to make it easier for enterprises to manage devices in BYOD (bring-your-own device) and COPE (corporate-owned, personally enabled) environments.

    So what does SIM virtualization do? In a nutshell, it allows multiple phone numbers to be active on a single SIM card.

    The technology will come to India later this year, and BlackBerry says it’s currently working with telecom operators to set up the framework for this to work seamlessly.

    What is the benefit of SIM virtualization?

    1.You don’t need to carry multiple phones or juggle multiple SIM cards

    2.You can have different numbers for voice calls, data connections, even roaming, on the same phone

    3.Enterprises will find it easier to activate and deactivate corporate virtual connections for new employees as well as those who leave

    4.Users will also be able to manage their billing better, as charges can be billed separately

    5.Enterprises can apply corporate usage policies on the business number.

    Up to nine virtual numbers can be activated on one SIM. The interface for using this service will be an app that will be available for BlackBerry, Android and iOS smartphones. With one click, a user can add another number as their virtual number on the same SIM card.

    For example, let’s say you have one Vodafone connection as the primary number for official use, and a second Vodafone number for personal use. This means two SIM cards and two phones to manage. Even if you have a dual-SIM phone, it is still a bit of a hassle. With SIM virtualization, you can set up the second number as a virtual number on the primary SIM card and use one phone for both connections.

    Second, even if you don’t have another SIM card, the app can create a virtual number for you—users will get to choose a number of their preference initially, but if someone else already owns it, alternative options will be suggested. Enterprises may find this service extremely relevant—when a new employee joins, they can simply create a virtual corporate number on the person’s existing SIM, with separate billing, and without the hassle of managing SIM cards and phones. When the employee leaves the company, the virtual number can be deactivated quickly, again without the hassle of recovering and handling hardware.

    The big advantage is that billing and usage can be separated. For example, you could use one number for voice and SMS, and another for data or national roaming perhaps. Once the app is installed and activated, it provides intricate control over which connection each action uses—you can choose one connection for phone calls, another for browsing the Web. So, if your company says they will pay voice-call and SMS-use bills for your official number, you can easily turn off the data plan on that and use the second SIM for a 4G/3G/2G connection.

    But there are certain limitations dictated by the Union government’s telecom rules. First, if your primary SIM card is from one operator, virtual numbers of the same operator must be activated on that. So, if you have an Airtel SIM card on which you want to activate some virtual numbers, those must also be activated and billed by Airtel.

    What we aren’t entirely sure of is how the virtual numbers will be activated since every new mobile phone connection here requires a complete KYC (know-your-customer) verification process. Perhaps mobile operators will utilize the user identity verified with the primary connection to verify and activate virtual numbers too.

    This is most certainly poised to be a big development. In addition, its availability on almost every popular smartphone makes this flexible enough to be used with any device a user may be carrying. What’s needed is a simple activation process—hopefully this will be a more streamlined one than the verification and activation processes a user must deal with when activating a new SIM card.
    05-08-15 08:48 PM
  7. spiller's Avatar
    Out with two buddies sporting their Classics. Taken with my Passport. Good sight!

    Posted via CB10
    05-08-15 11:41 PM
  8. Supa_Fly1's Avatar
    Good article.

    BlackBerrys virtual SIM solution is their secret weapon

    The ability to provision nine numbers on one SIM card will make life incredibly simple for enterprises, power users, travellers and consumers who hate carrying more than one phone

    Vishal Mathur

    BlackBerry?s virtual SIM solution is their secret weapon - Livemint

    In September, BlackBerry acquired the SIM virtualization company Movirtu. The move didnt catch the attention of the media but it was very much in tune with the companys enhanced focus on apps and services, particularly those meant for enterprises and business users. The latest addition to that is SIM card virtualization.

    The Canadian company will leverage Movirtus technology to make it easier for enterprises to manage devices in BYOD (bring-your-own device) and COPE (corporate-owned, personally enabled) environments.

    So what does SIM virtualization do? In a nutshell, it allows multiple phone numbers to be active on a single SIM card.

    The technology will come to India later this year, and BlackBerry says its currently working with telecom operators to set up the framework for this to work seamlessly.

    What is the benefit of SIM virtualization?

    1.You dont need to carry multiple phones or juggle multiple SIM cards

    2.You can have different numbers for voice calls, data connections, even roaming, on the same phone

    3.Enterprises will find it easier to activate and deactivate corporate virtual connections for new employees as well as those who leave

    4.Users will also be able to manage their billing better, as charges can be billed separately

    5.Enterprises can apply corporate usage policies on the business number.

    Up to nine virtual numbers can be activated on one SIM. The interface for using this service will be an app that will be available for BlackBerry, Android and iOS smartphones. With one click, a user can add another number as their virtual number on the same SIM card.

    For example, lets say you have one Vodafone connection as the primary number for official use, and a second Vodafone number for personal use. This means two SIM cards and two phones to manage. Even if you have a dual-SIM phone, it is still a bit of a hassle. With SIM virtualization, you can set up the second number as a virtual number on the primary SIM card and use one phone for both connections.

    Second, even if you dont have another SIM card, the app can create a virtual number for youusers will get to choose a number of their preference initially, but if someone else already owns it, alternative options will be suggested. Enterprises may find this service extremely relevantwhen a new employee joins, they can simply create a virtual corporate number on the persons existing SIM, with separate billing, and without the hassle of managing SIM cards and phones. When the employee leaves the company, the virtual number can be deactivated quickly, again without the hassle of recovering and handling hardware.

    The big advantage is that billing and usage can be separated. For example, you could use one number for voice and SMS, and another for data or national roaming perhaps. Once the app is installed and activated, it provides intricate control over which connection each action usesyou can choose one connection for phone calls, another for browsing the Web. So, if your company says they will pay voice-call and SMS-use bills for your official number, you can easily turn off the data plan on that and use the second SIM for a 4G/3G/2G connection.

    But there are certain limitations dictated by the Union governments telecom rules. First, if your primary SIM card is from one operator, virtual numbers of the same operator must be activated on that. So, if you have an Airtel SIM card on which you want to activate some virtual numbers, those must also be activated and billed by Airtel.

    What we arent entirely sure of is how the virtual numbers will be activated since every new mobile phone connection here requires a complete KYC (know-your-customer) verification process. Perhaps mobile operators will utilize the user identity verified with the primary connection to verify and activate virtual numbers too.

    This is most certainly poised to be a big development. In addition, its availability on almost every popular smartphone makes this flexible enough to be used with any device a user may be carrying. Whats needed is a simple activation processhopefully this will be a more streamlined one than the verification and activation processes a user must deal with when activating a new SIM card.
    And we are excited to have a total of 10 carriers that have announced they will resell our software using the Enhanced SIM-Based Licensing (ESBL) from BlackBerry, including Vodafone Germany, Hong Kong Telecom, ChungHwa Telecom in Taiwan, China Mobile and Hutchinson in Hong Kong. This provides the opportunity for those carriers to bundle BlackBerry software products within their telecom services for their enterprise customers.
    Posted rockin a Q10
    Superfly_FR likes this.
    05-09-15 04:24 AM
  9. MollyMorton's Avatar
    +1 have always felt that is where BlackBerry should be positioned.... both to rebuild the iconic Brand and also to be profitable In the device space again.

    ... competing at the lowest end is one they can't win... and don't need to... focusing on their distinctiveness and the blackberry value proposition of their niche offerings is the way to go...
    The right customers will see that value and be more than willing to pay for that product or service.... follow the "porsche" model rather than the "GM" model, per say....imo

    Stand out, where it matters.

    Posted via CB10
    Yeah, only problem with this is a perpetually strangled app situation, which then rebounds against sales. Perhaps this mysterious app solution Chen has been hinting at will solve that.

    Posted via CB10
    05-09-15 05:24 AM
  10. bungaboy's Avatar
    Now trending . . .

    MPP blasted for calling BlackBerry policy 'handicapping and retarding'

    MPP blasted for calling BlackBerry policy 'handicapping and retarding' | CTV Kitchener News

    CTV Kitchener
    Published Friday, May 8, 2015 6:25PM EDT
    Last Updated Friday, May 8, 2015 6:52PM EDT

    Comments made by a Toronto-area MPP regarding the province’s BlackBerry-only policy for politicians are disheartening, the head of a local organization that helps people with disabilities says.

    On Monday, Etobicoke North MPP Shafiq Qaadri rose at Queen’s Park to voice frustration with the mandatory use of BlackBerry technology.

    “This approach is handicapping, retarding and penalizing MPPs, their staff and indeed all members of the legislative community,” the Liberal MPP said.

    That word choice doesn’t sit well with Ann Bilodeau, the executive director of KW Habilitation.

    “I was so disappointed to think that an elected official would actually use words … that are extremely hurtful to some very vulnerable people,” she told CTV News.

    “Any four-year-old knows what the meaning of those two words are.”

    Bilodeau says she’s also concerned because Qaadri’s comments appeared to be scripted, meaning they may have been seen by multiple people without any issues being raised.

    When contacted by CTV News, Qaadri’s office responded that they were unable to comment on the story.

    Liberal colleague Daiene Vernile, the MPP for Kitchener Centre, says she doesn’t expect Qaadri’s comments to change the government’s smartphone policy.

    As for the specific comments, she says Qaadri could have made a better choice of words.

    “Would I have used that language? No. Could it have been more sensitive? Absolutely,” she told CTV News.

    Michael Harris, the Progressive Conservative MPP representing Kitchener-Conestoga, wants to see Qaadri to apologize for his statement.

    “He should frankly know better,” he said.

    For her part, Bilodeau says she hopes Qaadri’s comments will be used as an opportunity to educate people about the use of language.
    05-09-15 07:55 AM
  11. Corbu's Avatar
    The BBRY Café.  [Formerly: I support BBRY and I buy shares]-jc.jpg John Chen‏@JohnChen
    Congrats to @David_Cameron for winning re-election as UK PM. Another successful BlackBerry user. #BlackBerryLeaders

    05-09-15 09:29 PM
  12. Corbu's Avatar
    By the way, Mercedes qualify 1-2 for tomorrow's GP. GL!

    The BBRY Café.  [Formerly: I support BBRY and I buy shares]-pa1699632.0036.jpg

    I hope they renew that agreement...
    05-09-15 09:42 PM
  13. BigBadWulf's Avatar
    Time out for a clean up and education.

    While the political discussion is centered on BlackBerry, may I remind you all that language rules still apply, along with basic forum etiquette of not insulting individuals or groups, and maintaining a family friendly environment. Keep your emotions tabled, and carry on...
    05-09-15 11:56 PM
  14. Shanerredflag's Avatar

    Morning gentlemen.

    Classically Posted.
    ibpluto, bungaboy, awindsr and 5 others like this.
    05-10-15 08:14 AM
  15. _dimi_'s Avatar


    :-)

    Posted via CB10
    05-10-15 09:12 AM
  16. Corbu's Avatar
    05-10-15 10:17 AM
  17. StormieTwo's Avatar
    Hey Gang,

    I've been studying and following the thread. Some very interesting stuff going on. I'll take advantage of the lull to redirect anyone interested to the other stock thread for a quick shot of BCE that I posted last week. No link you have to find it yourself.


    BB10 4 ME
    05-10-15 05:41 PM
  18. rarsen's Avatar
    Placeholder for article on the BBRY stock holders and other Stocks diversification site:

    Article on Storage --Tesla Powerwall: Facts about the Battery System
    05-10-15 06:16 PM
  19. bbjdog's Avatar
    Blackberry response to an MPP, which I will not use his name on this great thread.

    http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/05/...ound-argument/
    05-10-15 08:40 PM
  20. CDM76's Avatar
    Blackberry response to an MPP, which I will not use his name on this great thread.

    http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/05/...ound-argument/
    Wish he addressed a few other issues, like BB10 not being the old BlackBerry. And how efficient it is to use etc. Oh well, it's better than ignoring him.

    Posted via CB10
    bbjdog, georg4BB, bungaboy and 2 others like this.
    05-10-15 10:43 PM
  21. dusdal's Avatar
    What seems like a fairly inconsequential little corporate blog has been contributing powerfully to a turn in sentiment imo.

    It's been used very well and provides a centralised location for corporate communications, messaging and corrections.

    The nature of media today, as we know, can be perceived as lazy. As a result press releases are often just trimmed and inserted into stories verbatim. This blog allows any one to do the same but without having to be specifically sent anything.



    Posted via CB10
    05-10-15 11:41 PM
  22. world traveler and former ceo's Avatar
    05-11-15 04:33 AM
  23. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    Hi guys and have a great week !
    Thanks for all the material (Corbu, Ken et al) and congrats for the "placeholder" technique you all seem to manage pretty well !

    Still reading, will jump in if anything ... but you guys are so fast and my schedule so full ...

    Cheers
    SF
    bungaboy and zyben like this.
    05-11-15 06:17 AM
  24. neteng1000's Avatar
    Blackberry response to an MPP, which I will not use his name on this great thread.

    http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/05/...ound-argument/
    Shafiqu must be long APPL, short BBRY

    Posted via CB10
    05-11-15 06:34 AM
  25. theRock1975's Avatar
    I hope this thing goes viral. Great shot of the Q10! If you watch the other, longer clips, she's actually holding it up and clearly flashing the phone around.

    Caution: F-bomb

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=HHgYYiyRLoI
    Last edited by theRock1975; 05-11-15 at 08:24 AM.
    05-11-15 07:48 AM
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