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BlackBerry Finally Opens Up

BlackBerry Finally Opens Up 300x225 BlackBerry Finally Opens UpBlackBerry, the embattled Canadian smartphone maker struggling to remain competitive across today’s bustling smartphone landscape, has just announced that it will enable mobile device management (MDM) companies to directly manage devices with the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

AirWatch, Citrix and IBM have expressed their intent to be the first companies to work with BlackBerry to enable a more open mobility ecosystem, a statement from BlackBerry reads.

In doing so, BlackBerry will provide organizations with more options to embrace multi-operating system mobile environments by enabling other MDM companies to manage BlackBerry 10 devices.

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comScore: 166 Million Americans Now Own Smartphones

comScore 166 Million Americans Now Own Smartphones 300x168 comScore: 166 Million Americans Now Own SmartphonesFor mobile marketers, this amounts to a whole bunch of bulls-eyes.

This week, comScore released the latest mobile industry data showing that domestic smartphone penetration is rapidly closing in on the next milestone threshold.

Reporting key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for the three month period ending March 2014, 166 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (68.8 percent mobile market penetration). That’s a jump of 6 percent since December 2013.
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BlackBerry Not Backing Away from Hardware Business

BlackBerry Not Backing Away from Hardware Business 300x198 BlackBerry Not Backing Away from Hardware BusinessBlackBerry chief executive John Chen turned to the official BlackBerry blog yesterday to dispel a new round of rumors that the company will disband its hardware business or go on sale again any time soon.

According to Chen, the embattled smartphone maker may be in the middle of an epic fight for its own survival, but they will indeed continue to fight.

“I want to assure you that I have no intention of selling off or abandoning this business any time soon,” Chen says. “I know you still love your BlackBerry devices. I love them too and I know they created the foundation of this company. Our focus today is on finding a way to make this business profitable.”
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T-Mobile, BlackBerry End Partnership

T Mobile BlackBerry End Partnership 300x187 T Mobile, BlackBerry End PartnershipMore bad news for BlackBerry this week. The embattled Canadian smartphone marker is no longer in business with T-Mobile, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the United States.

T-Mobile will stop selling BlackBerry products later this month.

MMW has confirmed that all BlackBerry sales for T-Mobile subscribers will end April 25th. However, if you’re a BlackBerry owner currently on T-Mobile, you won’t be shut out. Customers will still have service and retain access to product support in the future.
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U.S. Air Force Announces Deployment… of iPhones

 U.S. Air Force Announces Deployment... of iPhonesApparently, the U.S. military is on high alert with regard to BlackBerry.

In particular, the US Air Force has announced plans to swap out approximately 5,000 BlackBerry devices in favor of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

According to published reports over the weekend, this latest move on the part of military officials is the next step in the largely unavoidable retirement of all BlackBerry products used in an official capacity by USAF personnel.
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Apple Picking Up BlackBerry’s Slack on Enterprise Mobility

Apple Picking Up BlackBerrys Slack on Enterprise Mobility 300x167 Apple Picking Up BlackBerrys Slack on Enterprise Mobility As the first full week of 2014 gets underway, predictions of what the new year will bring to the world of mobile are rolling out at a fast clip.

Not surprisingly, however, many of the trends observed in 2013 are expected to continue well into 2014 and beyond.

One of these patterns involves Apple picking up more of BlackBerry’s slack on enterprise mobility. Bill Seibel, founder of Mobiquity, recently shared with Forbes his expectations for Apple’s enterprise power-play.
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BlackBerry Suffers Massive Q3 Losses

BlackBerry Suffers Massive Q3 Losses 300x174 BlackBerry Suffers Massive Q3 LossesIt’s another black eye for BlackBerry.

On Friday, the embattled Canadian smartphone maker reported losses totaling $4.4 billion and a 56 percent decline in revenue for its fiscal third quarter.

BlackBerry’s loss of 67 cents per share also missed Street expectations of a 46-cent per-share loss.
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