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Business Man

This sort of thing happens in Third World countries so what do you expect?


Hisham: Do you work for Apple?? You must. BB has lost its appeal, no question but based on the few news reports I have seen, they might be on a nice rebound. I just don't understand why people like to bash products before they have been proven or disproven. I still use BB for international phone and email and find it secure and reliable. I have friends who use the newest smart phones and they are happy as well. I am sure any smart phone you buy today will do what you need it to do.


I actually owned a BB as a second phone for about six years and had it before I ever had an iPhone. I must have owned about 8 BB's from the 9000 Bold onwards, always Bold, and consistently they would cause great trouble. We all remember the trackball issue. Then the issue of being heavily outdated. Even on the 9900 internet felt like it used to be in the late 90's. Many issues with many websites. My last one was the 9900, which I happily donated to a labourer after actually wanting to throw it in the Marina water, but was stopped because of the thought of the environmental issues. From my own experience I can only see BB products as [place bad word of choice here] product.


I didn't expect to get a "wow factor" from the BB10 launch. It's a company that cannot break free from playing catch-up. They should sell their patents and go focus on that other great Canadian product: maple syrup. All the fuss about BBMV. Why? Skype has been active on iPhone for ages, and not only through wi-fi, also on 3G. So besides that, where is the buying reason? We already know the device will start giving problems within maximum 6 months, a battery pull will be business as usual and (just like the PlayBook) the product will be dead and obsolete before it's even launched.

Marc Jons

Looks like you really like the "sound" of your words/comments!
Canada has lots more to offer than "maple syrup". Go educate yourself about Canada -and many other things since you're at it- before you make derogatory statements! Does Apple pay you by "word" or by "sentence"?


@Justin quality is not necessarily determined by innovation. For example, I own a classic pristine condition Mercedes from the 60's. I can assure you two things: 1. it's a quality product 2. it's heavily outdated and currently not very innovative. Doesn't even have head rests! Android is bigger, true. Just like there are more Nissan Tida's in the UAE than Audi RS8s. Does that also mean the Tida is more innovative and qualitative? 1.5 kg of brain mass. Use it to the fullest :)


@ Hisham: You talk about demanding a good product and still you are talking about Apple?! Seriously? Apple has had good products, but innovations stopped at the iphone3. After that it has been milking the cow till the cow is dry and dead (and still people keep buying it, because they think it's premium like an Audi). iPhone5 screen is called Panorama screen (don't make me laugh, it does not even has fullHD like competition) and the notification bar is a straight copy from Android OS. Android OS and Windows OS are the innovaters now, it's IOS that lags behind, keeps copying and suing. All profit comes from the ipad while Android has overtaken IOS by far now.


I don't really see the connection between my personal achievements, and my right as a consumer to demand a good product, so that question is a bit misplaced. Should the FAA applause Boeing's achievement of building a faulty 787 on the basis that the members of the FAA council did not achieve building an aircraft? Didn't think so!

Now, you might be one of the lucky ones, as everyone who has ever had a BB and asked anyone friend who owned one about a certain problem they faced with their BB, the standard "solution" proposed would be a battery pull. Perhaps they hand picked you and made you a perfect one sprayed with fairy dust?

As for being a serious player in the enterprise market, that was before Apple had ever made a phone. As soon as the iPhone came out (and Android is of course a copy of it), each and every BB became obsolete. As for your unhappiness, don't really have an answer to that...


This is the the Last shot from RIMM'S GUN in order to sustain in today's competitive market of smart phone. If Blackberry 10 fails to live up to the expectations then I am afraid it is bye bye for Blackberry. I heard that Blackberry launch delayed a little bit in USA



"RIM was talks with UAE operators du and Etisalat over concerns BBMV will impact revenue streams."

In other words, the two telcos in the UAE (who are technically the same company anyway) think they won't be able to make as much money so they're using the law to protect their own business interests.


If the TRA allows this product it must agree to unblock Skype - the Telecoms Law does not allow it to discriminate for and against particular products and services.


I do not understand one thing: besides BBMV (which is the main reason of its ban in the UAE) there are many other unbanned applications in the UAE that allow making a voice call over internet, provided if both caller and receiver have the same app in their smartphones and are connected to the internet via WiFi, 3G/4G, etc... Those apps are Yahoo messenger, Google talk, etc...
What makes BBMV different than those above mentioned apps?


Man, these guys are just too paranoid about losing money... All they want to make is money and nothing else. They care less about technology or customer satisfaction.

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