1. Jonathank's Avatar
    Anyone think if TCL advertised that foldable phone as a BlackBerry it would help bring BlackBerry back into the spot light? Just a thought
    10-03-19 10:12 AM
  2. i_plod_an_dr_void's Avatar
    Why just the other hour I was thinkin about the same....
    https://forums.crackberry.com/blackb.../#post13450578
    10-03-19 10:44 AM
  3. howarmat's Avatar
    nope just another way to fail IMO
    10-03-19 10:51 AM
  4. vimagreg's Avatar
    Maybe we'll have the first foldable BB device sometime at 2030s, at least.

    And it'll be priced 1000+ bucks, for the sake of novelty!
    ppeters914 likes this.
    10-03-19 11:40 AM
  5. kvndoom's Avatar
    Maybe we'll have the first foldable BB device sometime at 2030s, at least.

    And it'll be priced 1000+ bucks, for the sake of novelty!
    Considering that $1000 is quickly becoming the new normal, by 2030 that will be an "entry level" phone!
    10-03-19 08:57 PM
  6. Crusader03's Avatar
    That would tweak my interest, most definitely!

    Posted via my Passport
    10-03-19 09:11 PM
  7. John Albert's Avatar
    After all these years, some BlackBerry fans still don't realize that BlackBerry name on any product is a recipe of utter failure.
    elfabio80, Elky64 and RoseBud68 like this.
    10-03-19 09:27 PM
  8. Bbnivende's Avatar
    It is clear that TCL wants their leading edge products under their own brand as they seek to duplicate their TV strategy.

    BlackBerry Mobile was a misstep where TCL was looking to move into the USA Enterprise market and rebuild the brand.

    TCL might keep BlackBerry around as a phone for fans and those who want a minimalist phone but only if they can get a better royalties deal going forward. The BlackBerry OS seems doomed but the form factor could live on. ( This is a opinion not a fact).
    Last edited by Bbnivende; 10-04-19 at 11:07 AM.
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    10-04-19 08:17 AM
  9. the_boon's Avatar
    After all these years, some BlackBerry fans still don't realize that BlackBerry name on any product is a recipe of utter failure.
    I came to realize this myself also. I mean by 2020 it will have been about a decade since the brand's peak in the smartphone game, even the former users will have had adapted to iOS/Android slabs for so long that "BlackBerry" will be nothing more than a distant memory.

    I don't even care anymore whose logo in on the back of the device, as long as I get a half decent keyboard.
    10-04-19 09:42 AM
  10. WaterTower's Avatar
    if it comes with good build quality, a good keyboard, and the blackberry suite of software, I'll buy it. I don't care if it's 200 or 2000
    10-04-19 12:42 PM
  11. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    It is clear that TCL wants their leading edge products under their own brand as they seek to duplicate their TV strategy.

    BlackBerry Mobile was a misstep where TCL was looking to move into the USA Enterprise market and rebuild the brand.

    TCL might keep BlackBerry around as a phone for fans and those who want a minimalist phone but only if they can get a better royalties deal going forward. The BlackBerry OS seems doomed but the form factor could live on. ( This is a opinion not a fact).
    BlackBerry Mobile hasn’t been a misstep. From a publicity and carrier engagement process, it’s opened or kept doors from being closed when there corporate brethren have been escorted out by 300 lbs security guards in virtual and literal sense.
    10-04-19 02:23 PM
  12. Bbnivende's Avatar
    BlackBerry Mobile was a misstep. The TCL mobile branding and dissolution of the division is the correction. There will be no rehabilitation of the brand .

    Chuck, your view is USA centric. BlackBerry was and is a non starter in that market - their intended market.

    TCL Mobile (mid range devices) would not have been and is not currently ready for the USA market. The Plex will start out in Europe.
    Last edited by Bbnivende; 10-04-19 at 04:39 PM.
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    10-04-19 03:56 PM
  13. i_plod_an_dr_void's Avatar
    After all these years, some BlackBerry fans still don't realize that BlackBerry name on any product is a recipe of utter failure.
    Well relatvely speaking, most people are utter failures compared to the megastars (but only comparatively, and only based on Etonight or whatever the latest gossip show is. Most have jobs and an income, some even still run their own independent businesses! There are so few of them megastars- and many undeservedly so IMHO, and many many more unsung heroes)....so maybe BlackBerry is in good company? It's surely in the bigger market segment (general loser category :-)), and just needs to keep plugging away to advance the field a few steps at a time .
    10-04-19 04:13 PM
  14. Chuck Finley69's Avatar
    BlackBerry Mobile was a misstep. The TCL mobile branding and dissolution of the division is the correction. There will be no rehabilitation of the brand .

    Chuck, your view is USA centric. BlackBerry was and is a non starter in that market - their intended market.

    TCL Mobile (mid range devices) would not have been and is not currently ready for the USA market. The Plex will start out in Europe.
    You’ll watch TCL follow similar distribution pattern to BlackBerry Mobile as it’s not just in USA or even NA that OEMs rely on for distribution. Where do many Europeans by their mobile devices? I’d lay odds that it’s still through carrier stores and kiosks inside other retailers.
    10-04-19 07:22 PM
  15. bb10adopter111's Avatar
    Until there's a killer app for a foldable or dual screen phone it's premature for anyone but the largest players who can waste money on R&D and failed devices.

    Composed and edited on the exceptional BlackBerry VKB on my trusty Z10. Any typographic errors, misspellings, or grammatical errors are likely due to my inattention and lack of interest in word-perfect communications on an Internet tech fan forum.
    howarmat and eshropshire like this.
    10-04-19 07:30 PM
  16. Rootbrian's Avatar
    Just get a blackberry sticker and you know the rest! STICK IT EVERYWHERE!

    From my BlackBerry Q5 on Freedom Mobile 3G HSPA+
    10-04-19 08:47 PM
  17. Bbnivende's Avatar
    You’ll watch TCL follow similar distribution pattern to BlackBerry Mobile as it’s not just in USA or even NA that OEMs rely on for distribution. Where do many Europeans by their mobile devices? I’d lay odds that it’s still through carrier stores and kiosks inside other retailers.
    TCL’s strategy is to release the Plex in European markets where the Alcatel is a strong brand. I would imagine they will be using partners that currently support the Alcatel ...in Europe.
    10-04-19 11:23 PM

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