BBM gained 40 million users by adding Android and iOS

Prior to the launch of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on Android and iPhone, the messaging client last reported having 60 million active users. Since then, an additional 40 million active users have been added directly because of Android/iOS users. Has BlackBerry planted the seeds to make people switch? Gaining 40 million users in 60 days is a big accomplishment. I previously wrote that the hype may already be over for BlackBerry because...

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BlackBerry decides not to sell company, plans to keep making phones

Remember when BlackBerry said that it planned to sell the company for $4.7 billion to Fairfax Financial, one of its biggest investors? If not, don’t worry about it, because BlackBerry has changed its mind and decided not to sell. What’s next for the Canadian smartphone giant? In the immediate future, BlackBerry will have a new face in charge. CEO Thorsten Heins will be leaving the company and John Chen will take over on an interim...

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BBM for Android and iPhone adds 20 million new users

BlackBerry Messenger, once available exclusively to users of the fourth-place BlackBerry OS, added millions of new users to its platform since it opened support for Android and iOS. What does this mean for BBM going forward? For starters, it means that BlackBerry users can freely communicate with more of their friends and family. Prior to launching on Android and iOS, BBM had over 60 million active users. BlackBerry now reports that...

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BlackBerry Z30 to be available exclusively from Verizon in November

Verizon has just announced that will exclusively carry the latest BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Z30. The BlackBerry Z30 will be available sometime in November (no exact date has been given by Verizon) for $199.99 with a new two-year contract or for $22.91 per month for 24 months (Verizon Edge program). As a reminder, the BlackBerry Z30 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED HD display, it's powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm...

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BlackBerry 10.2 OS upgrade rolling out to Z10, Q10 and Q5

Starting today the BlackBerry 10.2 OS update is available for Z10, Q10 and Q5. There are reports from Z10, Q10 and Q5 users in the UK and Canada that already started to receive the update. Here is the official rollout schedule announced by BlackBerry: Africa: Starting this week Asia Pacific: Starting this week Canada: Starting this week Europe: Starting this week Latin America: Starting in November Middle East: Starting this week US:...

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The Founders of BlackBerry are Looking to Buy Well umm… BlackBerry

In a really odd turn of events the co-founders of RIM Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin are looking to buy back and save they company they created... BlackBerry. It has been learned they have filled a 13D with the SEC which from what I can figure out is a statement that is the necessary SEC paperwork to get started with the buyout process. The duo already owns over a 8 percent of all BlackBerry stock currently and could easily buy up the...

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