1. chopachain's Avatar
    Found this today and thought the doom and gloom, negative, nay sayers, BB is dead posters might enjoy reading this. It answers a lot of questions about BB's future and whether or not BB is getting out of the device business.


    Cell C offers new high-end BlackBerry
    By Bonnie Tubbs, ITWeb senior journalist.
    Johannesburg, 26 Nov 2013
    Read in this storyStill appealing

    The five-inch BlackBerry Z30 is positioned as the company's fastest, most advanced smartphone to date.
    The five-inch, all-touch Z30 - BlackBerry’s latest smartphone built on the company’s re-engineered BlackBerry 10 platform - has reached Cell C stores.
    Available from Cell C franchise stores and service providers from today, the Z30 is being offered on a Straight Up 100 contract with BlackBerry 10 Lite for R399; Straight Up 200 with BlackBerry 10 Essential for R499; Straight Up 400 with BlackBerry 10 Premium for R669; or Straight Up 800 with BlackBerry 10 Premium for R899 (per month over 24 months). Customers can also add any data bundle to their package of choice for a 15c out-of-bundle rate.

    This comes a week after Vodacom announced it would offer the five-inch smartphone at a recommended retail price of R8 799, or R399 per month on its 24-month Smart S plan.
    The phablet-like phone, positioned by the Canadian smartphone maker as its most advanced, fastest device to date, runs on BlackBerry’s latest 10.2 OS and features the largest battery ever on a BlackBerry smartphone. It is the company’s fourth device in the range, after the all-touch Z10, hybrid touch and qwerty Q10 and mid-range hybrid Q5.
    Another four devices are on the cards for release next year - including two high-end devices and two mid-range devices. BlackBerry says the 2014 smartphones will include all-touch and qwerty models.
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    Meanwhile, although BlackBerry has been the subject of some concern over the past year, the company has reassured South African consumers that its local market is not only still strong – but is of paramount importance and will continue to see significant investment by BlackBerry.
    Local loyalty to the BlackBerry brand was lent credence this morning, with the release of World Wide Worx’s annual Mobility project, which includes extensive research into local mobile trends.
    Research into smartphone use in SA, with fieldwork conducted by Dashboard Marketing Intelligence, reveals BlackBerry’s market share increased 18% to 23% over the past 18 months. Leading smartphone brand Samsung, meanwhile, remained at 19% market share over the same period.
    World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck says BlackBerry’s local success is thanks to its continued aspirational appeal in the younger market.
    Dashboard CEO Peter Searll says the fact that BlackBerry has overtaken Samsung in market share goes to show that SA still sees value in BlackBerry. “[According to the study] BlackBerry is also a big winner in terms of current versus future brand usage.”
    BlackBerry’s brand momentum is up 1.3 points, with future usage (those who are looking to use BlackBerry in the coming year) at 29% - an increase of 6%. Samsung's future usage is down to 17% - putting its brand momentum in the red by 0.9 points.

    Cell C offers new high-end BlackBerry | ITWeb
    Last edited by BergerKing; 11-26-13 at 11:55 AM. Reason: Added quote code.
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    11-26-13 11:48 AM
  2. BergerKing's Avatar
    There are those who will still be negative, but there are two ways, up, or out. Methinks they wanna go up.
    11-26-13 11:56 AM
  3. Shanerredflag's Avatar
    Me thinks your correct sir.

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    11-26-13 11:59 AM
  4. Gesig Boek's Avatar
    Found this today and thought the doom and gloom, negative, nay sayers, BB is dead posters might enjoy reading this. It answers a lot of questions about BB's future and whether or not BB is getting out of the device business.


    Cell C offers new high-end BlackBerry
    By Bonnie Tubbs, ITWeb senior journalist.
    Johannesburg, 26 Nov 2013
    Read in this storyStill appealing

    Cell C offers new high-end BlackBerry | ITWeb
    Lets out this in perspective. The same research said Bing mobile search increased from 0-8% in South Africa, and Google mobile search dropped to 75% share there over the same period.

    Somehow I do not expect anyone to see that as the resurgence of Bing worldwide. Dismiss one, dismiss both...
    11-26-13 06:14 PM
  5. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    Lets out this in perspective. The same research said Bing mobile search increased from 0-8% in South Africa, and Google mobile search dropped to 75% share there over the same period.

    Somehow I do not expect anyone to see that as the resurgence of Bing worldwide. Dismiss one, dismiss both...
    "Bing mobile search increased from 0-8%" = Bing stepped in
    "BlackBerry’s market share increased 18% to 23% over the past 18 months" = BlackBerry confirms stong leadership in SA

    ... you really like mixing apples and carrots.
    11-27-13 10:07 AM
  6. anon1727506's Avatar
    With somewhere around 1.5 million BlackBerry users, there is no doubt that South Africa is now a very important market for BlackBerry.

    But I'm not sure how this one market makes a difference and "answers a lot of questions about BB's future and whether or not BB is getting out of the device business." World number show something quite different, and other markets that were one time big BlackBerry supporters - Mexico, most of South America are dropping bigger numbers than South Africa could hope to make up.

    Also the article speaks about BB10 devices in the beginning... but I think it is evident based on the market that the increase are likely due to BBOS devices (both new and used).
    11-27-13 11:00 AM
  7. sosumi11's Avatar
    Available from Cell C franchise stores and service providers from today, the Z30 is being offered on a Straight Up 100 contract with BlackBerry 10 Lite for R399; Straight Up 200 with BlackBerry 10 Essential for R499; Straight Up 400 with BlackBerry 10 Premium for R669; or Straight Up 800 with BlackBerry 10 Premium for R899 (per month over 24 months). Customers can also add any data bundle to their package of choice for a 15c out-of-bundle rate.
    One South African rand converts to 10.2 (US). So R399 price is only about $40.

    If "the five-inch BlackBerry Z30 is positioned as the company's fastest, most advanced smartphone to date", then this is a race to the bottom and a race that BlackBerry should not be in if they want to be considered a premium brand.
    11-27-13 12:05 PM
  8. lnichols's Avatar
    One South African rand converts to 10.2 (US). So R399 price is only about $40.

    If "the five-inch BlackBerry Z30 is positioned as the company's fastest, most advanced smartphone to date", then this is a race to the bottom and a race that BlackBerry should not be in if they want to be considered a premium brand.

    The iPhone 5 on the same plan with the same provider is the same price. They don't appear to offer the 5s yet. http://m.cellc.co.za/deals/iphone-5-...traight-up-100

    Note 3 is 429 per month with same plan. So it is priced with the premium devices.

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    11-27-13 01:55 PM
  9. morlock_man's Avatar
    Here's a thought:

    What's the default search engine engine for both BB10 and BB7 devices?

    Bing.

    So it makes sense to see a drop in Google and an increase in Bing as people buy new blackberry phones and don't change the default search engine right away.
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    11-27-13 02:28 PM
  10. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    Here's a thought:

    What's the default search engine engine for both BB10 and BB7 devices?

    Bing.

    So it makes sense to see a drop in Google and an increase in Bing as people buy new blackberry phones and don't change the default search engine right away.
    OT: And Bing is ...
    11-27-13 02:31 PM
  11. sosumi11's Avatar
    The iPhone 5 on the same plan with the same provider is the same price. They don't appear to offer the 5s yet. Cell C Mobi
    Note 3 is 429 per month with same plan. So it is priced with the premium devices.
    The iPhone 5 is not Apple's "fastest, most advanced smartphone to date". It's irrelevant that the 5s is not available by that provider.

    The Note 3 is a phablet.
    11-28-13 03:31 AM
  12. Superfly_FR's Avatar
    The iPhone 5 is not Apple's "fastest, most advanced smartphone to date". It's irrelevant that the 5s is not available by that provider.

    The Note 3 is a phablet.
    it is Appel's "fastest, most advanced smartphone to date" available for this carrier. Why would you compare with a non existent device ?
    11-28-13 06:00 AM
  13. lnichols's Avatar
    The iPhone 5 is not Apple's "fastest, most advanced smartphone to date". It's irrelevant that the 5s is not available by that provider.

    The Note 3 is a phablet.
    Your implication was the phone was priced at basement prices. My info shows that the $40 per month price with plan is what that carriers high end selections are. They should be getting the iPhone 5s soon according to their site, and it will be the same price because that is how Apple prices devices.

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    11-28-13 07:36 AM

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