1. vistate1's Avatar
    So, my saga starts 8 blackberrys ago. And last night while listening to the TERRIBLE conference call - my torch 9800 crapped out and died completely. Which sucks.

    So, now i am thinking, well, what phone do i get (after hours of trying to fix it, bbsak it ect). First thing that comes to mind - a blackberry.

    Don't get me wrong, there are lots of phones for me to choose from, especially at full price. But I chose and choose blackberry. iPhone and Android don't really appeal to me. I love the form factors of the blackberry, and I love their reliability. (My torch was a beater...it had some tuff love).

    So, i called bell today, and they are setting me up with a 9930. I am not planning to leave blackberry any time soon, and i think my hardest decision, for a lot of you as well, is where would you go if bb did stop selling phones? I frankly do not know.

    But because BB had a bad quarter, does that mean to run out and buy an iphone or droid? no. I dont think so. does it?

    Anyways - waiting for bb10, love my bberrys. All of them. except my storm. And i am still loyal.
    06-29-12 10:51 AM
  2. reeneebob's Avatar
    Bell is setting you up with a 9930? Do you mean a 9900?
    06-29-12 10:54 AM
  3. Rob1's Avatar

    But because BB had a bad quarter, does that mean to run out and buy an iphone or droid? no. I dont think so. does it?
    Bad quarter? You mean bad YEAR....
    06-29-12 10:57 AM
  4. RJB55's Avatar
    I pretty much agree with the OP; I'm not interested in other phones, I'm very happy with my 9930 and will ride this thing out until hopefully RIM gets its act together on BB10. If they don't well... I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

    Certainly RIM has had many bad quarters....
    06-29-12 11:29 AM
  5. vistate1's Avatar
    9900 i stand corrected.

    But - bad quarter/bad year - why should that mean i should change phones? Thats what i do not understand from the community. If you dislike your blackberry, i understand, but if you like it - why would you change? Just my .02
    06-29-12 11:35 AM
  6. Splange's Avatar
    9900 i stand corrected.

    But - bad quarter/bad year - why should that mean i should change phones? Thats what i do not understand from the community. If you dislike your blackberry, i understand, but if you like it - why would you change? Just my .02

    The thing is that a lot of us don't like our phones. We manage them. We say oh well I guess I can do without (insert whatever feature, awesome spec, app here) until they bring out bb10. This report confirms that the thing we're waiting on is nowhere near finished. Then it hits people who realize that they may be stuck with their blackberry that they deal with but are often frustrated by, for an indefinite time period. The device they thought was a stopping point on the road to better things becomes a dead end. They think, "can I keep this outdated OS for another 2-3 years?" And a lot of them answer no. That's why this announcement has people switching.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9700 using Tapatalk
    06-29-12 11:44 AM
  7. ubizmo's Avatar
    As far as BlackBerry People are concerned, RIM might consider doing a few things to make ownership of OS 7 phones more attractive. For example, they could make and sell a battery for the 99xx that's in the 1400-1500 mAh range. We know this is possible, because there's room in the device for a slightly thicker battery, and some third party companies have taken advantage of this. Many of these third party batteries have quality issues, however. Batteries like this wouldn't be game-changers, of course, but an extra 15% of battery life would be welcomed by many, especially the heavier users. I'm not suggesting that these batteries should be deeply discounted; just make them and sell them.

    Maybe make an extra effort to persuade developers of orphaned OS 6 apps to bring them to OS 7. To take an example of an app that I use, there's Audible. Audible.com has an app for BBs, up to the OS 6 level. That app works on OS 7, but because of the changed screen resolution, everything is tiny and difficult to navigate. Audible really should be a feature app for BlackBerry devices, since it's all about sound, and isn't screen-intensive. BBs have good speakers and make great audiobook players. It really just needs a redesigned UI and it's good to go. This shouldn't be hard, but Audible (Amazon) seemingly can't be bothered to do it. It seems to me that RIM could bang on their door a bit more and get them to deliver a proper app and put it in App World. It's a free app anyway; they make their money on the audiobooks, not the app.

    That's just one example, chosen because I'm familiar with it. I don't expect to see a lot of brand-new apps for OS 7, but I'm sure there are many more like Audible that could be made OS 7-ready without too much fuss.

    These are small things that could be done to keep the BlackBerry People interested, and show everybody else that the lights are still on.
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    06-29-12 11:56 AM
  8. kbz1960's Avatar
    I think it has more to do with statements and delays over and over again. I was sure I would be getting a bb10. Now I'm not, all depends on if they have made any progress by next summer. Think the delays will be done by then? Think it will have all the features and functionality? If not I will find something else. Until then I have no reason to run out and get something else unless what I have quits working or dies. I don't care what apps it has or doesn't have.
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    06-29-12 12:24 PM
  9. shaleem's Avatar
    The thing is that a lot of us don't like our phones. We manage them. We say oh well I guess I can do without (insert whatever feature, awesome spec, app here) until they bring out bb10. This report confirms that the thing we're waiting on is nowhere near finished. Then it hits people who realize that they may be stuck with their blackberry that they deal with but are often frustrated by, for an indefinite time period. The device they thought was a stopping point on the road to better things becomes a dead end. They think, "can I keep this outdated OS for another 2-3 years?" And a lot of them answer no. That's why this announcement has people switching.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9700 using Tapatalk
    What you say has a lot of merit. I was frustrated by the news that my wait will be longer. I was actually expecting January 2013 to be around the time that a BB10 device with a physical keyboard would be released. Looks like it actually might be much longer. However, I'm willing to wait. Personally, I don't feel "stuck" with my 9900 and I am not frustrated by it. Again, I think you're right that a lot of people may not like their phones, but I think more do like their phones than you may think. Again, I can't deny that I was very disappointed and a little angry. After calming down, though, I realize that it is not the end of civilization as we know it.
    06-29-12 12:27 PM
  10. Speedygi's Avatar
    Oh man, the news was pretty devastating and I'm afraid things might get ugly with the other manufacturers coming out with their flagships by then, plus the presence of a new Iphone could mean more transfers into Apple's market share.

    On the other hand, I hope RIM takes full use of that time to really make BB10 the kickass release it needs to be. They have to release BB10 in January and they better have some superb marketing to back them up.
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    06-29-12 01:40 PM
  11. ajst222's Avatar
    I think I would have to go iPhone. I switched to Android in December and I don't like my Droid Razr. I wouldn't knock out Windows Phone either.
    06-29-12 01:44 PM
  12. BoldPreza's Avatar
    Its true, they are still around and as long as thats the case they will be on my shopping list, but at the same time if someone makes something I like better I am going to go with it.
    06-29-12 10:13 PM
  13. BlackBerry Guy's Avatar
    But - bad quarter/bad year - why should that mean i should change phones? Thats what i do not understand from the community. If you dislike your blackberry, i understand, but if you like it - why would you change? Just my .02
    As a non-shareholder, how the company does in a quarter or a year probably doesn't interest people that much. But it's a company that repeatedly cannot deliver that frustrates people.

    There are users out there that are hanging on to older BlackBerries because they want to get a "modern smartphone" in the form of a BB10 device with their next upgrade. So they wait...are given some hope...have their hopes crushed...and wait again...are give some hope - rinse and repeat that cycle a few times. They are only going to be patient for so long, and willing to give RIM so many mulligans.
    06-29-12 10:30 PM
  14. albee 1's Avatar
    Vistate, you will wonder in a few days how on earth you lived without one. Congrats on your new Bold. Still enjoying mine after nearly a year.
    06-30-12 12:01 AM
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