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RIM sells BlackBerry PlayBook for $99 to select group

Does $199 sound like too much for the BlackBerry Playbook this holiday season? RIM seems to think so, but only for its employees. According to multiple sources, the 16GB 7-inch tablet is now available to RIM employees through a special corporate portal for $99. The 32GB version is $149 and the 64GB model for $199. We have also been told that employees can only order up to eight models.


Apple beating Google and RIM in mobile loyalty

Some 84 percent of iPhone users said they would pick iPhone also when they replace their cellphone, while 60 percent of those using Android smartphones said they would stick with phones using the same software, says a research firm.


Bye-Bye, BlackBerry? History Hints at Dark Days

Here today, dot-gone tomorrow? Once high-flying RIM, the maker of the very popular Blackberry line of smartphones, is today fighting for its very survival, battling to keep its core business in the face of a string of service outages and far-cooler technology from its competitors.


Android Phone Repairs Cost Carriers Billions

Repairs to Android phones cost wireless operators billions, revealing a potential downside to the rapid expansion of Google's mobile operating system. A study by wireless services firm Wireless Dat Service, or WDS, found hardware failures are more common on Android devices than on Apple's iPhone or Research in Motion's BlackBerry.


Blackberry PlayBook update delay

RIM delays an update to its PlayBook tablet computer's system software until February 2012.


BlackBerry maker shows new phone, tablet software

BlackBerry maker shows new phone, tablet software

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. unveiled a new operating system Tuesday in hopes of grabbing some attention away from the iPhone and Android phones.

Senh: I'm not sure if they can catch up to iPhone or Android, but they can compete with the Windows Phone for third.


Making up: free apps for furious Blackberry users

The BlackBerry has left a bitter taste in the mouths of its users. Trying to make amends for massive outages last week, Research In Motion on Monday promised BlackBerry users free premium apps and a month of technical support. But the apology is unlikely to placate miffed customers, many of whom are considering whether to part with the tarnished brand in favor of more popular devices such as Apple's newest iPhone.

Senh: Users complain that the CEOs for RIM didn't react quick enough, but it seems that it's rare that anyone ever reacts quick enough when things go wrong. Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis addressed the public on the fourth day of the outage. That's not too bad. They have to assess the situation first. I guess in situtations like this, it's always better to over-react. Plus, you never know how bad it is until at least a couple days have passed. "The most important thing is staying connected to the ecosystem and making sure you're on what's the root cause. If you spend more time on PR it's less time finding the root cause," Balsillie said. I agree with that.


BlackBerry reports problems in Europe, Middle East and Africa, says it’s investigating

Large numbers of BlackBerry users across Europe, the Middle East and Africa have been cut off from Internet and messaging services, phone companies in the affected regions said Monday. BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. gave few details beyond a brief statement saying that customers were “experiencing issues,” but telecommunications companies in the Middle East and Europe laid the blame at the Canadian company’s door.


RIM Blows It Again, Lowering Estimates

RIM Blows It Again, Lowering Estimates

In each of the last three quarters the company has missed its own revenues expectations. RIM’s situation now resembles the struggles that Nokia faces as both have failed to mount any credible challenge to the dominance of Apple and Google in the smartphone and tablet markets.


Despite Challenges, BlackBerry Buzz is Rising in the US

Smartphone pioneer Research in Motion and its BlackBerry line have faced a variety of troubles this summer, yet BlackBerry's Buzz score in the US has been increasing over the past month, reflecting continued positive consumer perception. BlackBerry made its name with phones and email devices, now ubiquitous in the business community, yet it lost out ...


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