@Verizon sells @BlackBerry Z30 for $199.99 on a two year contract or for $0 down and $23/month on Edge over 2 years. It’s also availble for $549.99 with no contract, on a month to month basis: http://vz.to/17rmVWp
Sydney – Australia – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced that Australia’s national transport safety investigator, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), has migrated to BlackBerry’s leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10. Responsible for improving safety in aviation, marine and rail transport, the ATSB is equipping employees with BlackBerry® 10 smartphones to securely capture, share, report and manage mission critical data at transport incidents from any location, including very remote areas on land or at sea.
Management, field investigators and IT support staff at the ATSB will use BlackBerry® Z10 smartphones, with plans to deploy BlackBerry® Z30 smartphones to teams in November.
As an independent government agency, the ATSB conducts investigations of transport incidents and accidents. Investigation teams use email and BBM™ to communicate and collaborate, and record safety data by filling in forms and taking photos that are sent to the ATSB’s database. IT and support teams conduct critical analysis and research to help identify causes of occurrences – used by the ATSB to improve safety and ultimately save lives.
“Being able to securely share real-time data from accident sites is crucial to our investigative role,” said Martin Dolan, Chief Commissioner at the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau. “With BlackBerry 10, our investigation teams are able to navigate to locations, take and share high-quality photos, and collaborate on data from any site they’re sent to, all within a network that conforms to the high security standards that we need.
“We chose BlackBerry 10 for its trusted security, ease of migration and cost-effectiveness, which has overall helped the ATSB realise significant savings. BlackBerry’s devices and management platform are helping to make investigative processes timelier and more comprehensive, while finding cost efficiencies through seamless migration and deployment.”
The migration to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 is the latest development in a relationship between BlackBerry and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau that spans five years. The combination of BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 provides high security standards against data leakage and unauthorized device access to corporate assets. Security of corporate applications and data stored on personal devices (for BYOD deployments) is also embedded seamlessly within the user interface through BlackBerry® Balance™ technology. BlackBerry Balance separates corporate data from personal content, while preserving the end user’s privacy and consumer experience.
“We see this latest iteration of Blackberry’s mobility platform as an enabler of our own technology future, including plans to stream live video from investigations and if we choose to, support a broader range of device types within the organization,” Martin added. “We need to be as agile as possible if we’re to improve the safety of Australian transport. We look forward to working with Blackberry on solutions that will continue to enable our work and deliver a platform for future innovation.”
BlackBerry’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Matthew Ball said, “BlackBerry 10 is designed to support the needs of government customers, and we’re proud that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has selected BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, which helps their employees be adaptable and reliable in the field, and offers strong back-end security and management.
“To date, over 65% of our enterprise customer base in Australia and New Zealand have either deployed or are currently trialing BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. In addition, we’re looking forward to helping more business and government customers, large and small, take advantage of BlackBerry’s secure network and services with the launch of BlackBerry’s new cloud-based enterprise mobility management solution coming later this year.”
For more information about BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, please visit www.bes10.com. Now available from carriers and authorised resellers in Australia, the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone is the biggest, fastest and most advanced BlackBerry smartphone, with a 5” display and the largest battery ever on a BlackBerry smartphone. For information about theBlackBerry Z30 smartphone in Australia, please visit http://au.blackberry.com/
With the launch of the Z30 today in Canada we decided to take it to the street for some first hand observations on the state of BlackBerry in Laval,Québec. Centre Laval was visited, a shopping center, close to a high traffic corridor with several highways nearby providing easy access. Here is what we heard and saw:
There are no more Z10 cell phones in inventory. Not likely to get anymore. There are three Q10 and three Q5 devices plus one Z30 on display (only inventory). No one buys the Q5 and the Q10 sells more than the Z10. There is no Z10 in inventory.
Three customers in store at “Cell Shop” department. Dalia, the sales person, states that people are afraid to buy BlackBerry cell phones since they fear the company will go the way of Nortel. Sales have dropped since the end of September.
In one month they sell 5 BlackBerry devices, usually the Q10, with the Samsung S4 at about 50 a month and the same for iPhone.
Not a single Q5 device was sold by this sales person since its launch in Canada. One Z10 with Rogers and one Z10 with Virgin and three Q5 cell phones with Koodo are in stock.
Ali, the sales guy says people believe BlackBerry is going to be split and sold and this is why people won’t buy the devices. Sales are worst now since the announcement of the special committee to investigate strategic options and subsequent news. A customer confirms this idea and says that he used to have a BlackBerry and won’t buy another BlackBerry in the future; the new BlackBerry doesn’t appeal to him. He’s not interested because he’s used to the iPhone now and all the apps and he is worried that BlackBerry won’t be around. He is comfortable with the iPhone. He gives the impression that he has not really tried a new OS 10 BlackBerry.
Carol, the sales person says she is selling her Q10, because of the lack of apps, and cites as an example Bank of Montreal. Carol loves the Q10 because of the key board and the OS10. She switched from the iPhone because of the key board. The banking apps are important. The camera needs to be improved. She says that the poor camera was the final straw for her with poor quality pictures, and not enough Mega Pixels leading to poor resolution. With a poor app ecosystem BlackBerry needs to have a high resolution camera. I did mention the digital signal processing available and the android run time for “jellybean”, but she wanted it to be there already. She does not want to have to side-load apps.
She has in inventory one Q10, two Q5 and two Z10 devices. Since the board decided to explore strategic alliances or sale of BlackBerry, sales are Samsung to BlackBerry 50 to 1 and they were 5 to 1 before the September announcement. People are asking for new LG phones now, before BlackBerry.
Matiu says kids like the iPhone because kids want apps. There is no marketing for the Z30. He has at least four or five Z10 and Q10 devices in stock with one Z30 and 2 or 3 stocked Q5 phones. Sales are 50 to 1 Android to BlackBerry. Same iPhone to BlackBerry. People have no idea of the re-invented phone OS. BlackBerry needs to better market its products.
Xavier says the Nexus 4 by LG is selling well. Personally he doesn’t like BlackBerry because it’s old. He doesn’t sell BlackBerry because people have problems with using the new OS, they need to be educated. He sells a lot of Bold devices with keyboard because of BIS and cheaper to use messaging. He carries the Z10, Q10 and Q5. He sells 3 to 1 Android/iPhone to BlackBerry (manly OS 7 devices with BIS).
Haron says the customers ask for what they want and it’s not BlackBerry. BlackBerry is overpriced and students want cheaper. Haron says that even on Fido kids pay more for the iPhone and the more expensive plans because it’s an iPhone.
Casual Observation at Presse Café
While at this coffee shop, amid the iPhone and Samsung S4 users, I could see some older BlackBerry devices and that one older couple had a Z10 and Q10 between them.
In summary, it appears that the same problems that exist for BlackBerry in the USA, also exist at home in Canada: poor marketing and education on the new BlackBerry 10 phones, poor app ecosystem even the “grown-up” apps, like banking apps are missing, mixed messaging with regards to the future and commitment of BlackBerry to the consumer market. All of this has tarnished the once cool brand and nothing is being done to change this with an absent marketing effort and missteps in execution, market research and planning of new devices that people want. Perhaps, BlackBerry recognizes this and hence its open letter in thirty newspapers in 9 countries today.
(Written with docstogo on my Q10 like Dev C and pasted into WordPress for android run time; all photos taken with said BlackBerry device.)
As the Z30 launches in Canada, tomorrow, October 15th, BlackBerry will be going to print media to convey their message loud and clear that their uses can continue to trust and count on BlackBerry as it re-invents itself. Could this mean that the BlackBerry Board will not entertain any offers that will split up the company?
BlackBerry will be posting a letter in over 30 major news publications across 9 countries to let long-time BlackBerry users know, “You can still count on us”. They want the world to know they’ll still be there to provide best in class security, productivity, Enterprise Mobility Management, and social networking.
Here is the letter, in a press release:
To our valued customers, partners and fans,
You’ve no doubt seen the headlines about BlackBerry. You’re probably wondering what they mean for you as one of the tens of millions of users who count on BlackBerry every single day.
We have one important message for you:
You can continue to count on BlackBerry.
How do we know? We have substantial cash on hand and a balance sheet that is debt free.
We are restructuring with a goal to cut our expenses by 50 percent in order to run a very efficient, customer-oriented organization.
These are no doubt challenging times for us and we don’t underestimate the situation or ignore the challenges. We are making the difficult changes necessary to strengthen BlackBerry.
One thing we will never change is our commitment to those of you who helped build BlackBerry into the most trusted tool for the world’s business professional.
And speaking of those dramatic headlines, it’s important that we set the record straight on a few things.
Best in class productivity tool.
We have completely revamped our device portfolio this year with the launch of BlackBerry 10. We have four BlackBerry 10 devices – two all touch and two hybrid (touch and QWERTY) – and all are running the third update of our new platform. If what you care about most is getting things done – taking care of your business – we have the best range of devices for you. And we continue to offer the best mobile typing experience – no ifs, ands or buts about it.
Best in class security.
Governments all over the world, global corporations and businesses that simply cannot compromise on security choose and trust BlackBerry. Security is our heritage, and the industry recognizes that BlackBerry is the most secure when it comes to the device, server and, of course, our global data network. Have no doubt that you can continue to trust us to keep your communication safe and private.
Best in class enterprise mobility management.
We changed with the market, embracing BYOD because we understand that as iOS and Android devices become common in the workplace, businesses still need to manage all of these different platforms seamlessly and securely.
This is not a trivial task. While there are a number of startup companies that make bold claims, BlackBerry has more software engineers and the most resources dedicated to developing the most innovative solutions to address this complex challenge.
And our customers know it. Over the past quarter, our BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 server base grew from 19,000 to more than 25,000. Corporate clients are committed to deploying and testing the latest enterprise technology from BlackBerry. We are committed to evolving with our customers. That will never change.
Best in class mobile social network.
We are bringing the most engaging mobile messaging platform to all, with our BBM launch for Android and iPhone.
There are already around six million customers pre-registered to be notified of our roll out. This number is growing every day, and speaks to the tremendous opportunity we have to expand BBM beyond BlackBerry smartphones to make it the world’s largest mobile social network.
Yes, there is a lot of competition out there and we know that BlackBerry is not for everyone. That’s OK. You have always known that BlackBerry is different, that BlackBerry can set you apart. Countless world-changing decisions have been finalized, deals closed and critical communications made via BlackBerry. And for many of you that created a bond, a connection that goes back more than a decade.
We believe in BlackBerry – our people, our technology and our ability to adapt. More importantly, we believe in you. We focus every day on what it takes to make sure that you can take care of business.
You trust your BlackBerry to deliver your most important messages, so trust us when we deliver one of our own: You can continue to count on us.
The BlackBerry Team
The new BlackBerry Z30 phone will be released on Oct. 15 in Canada, but Rogers won’t stock it. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
TORONTO — BlackBerry says its latest smartphone will arrive in Canada later this month, but it won’t have the support of one of the country’s largest carriers.
The smartphone maker says Rogers Communications has decided not to stock the new BlackBerry Z30, a touch-screen model similar in size to a Samsung Galaxy 4, when it’s released on Oct. 15 at various Canadian retailers.
BlackBerry says the Z30 will be stocked by other Canadian carriers like Bell and Telus as well as retailers like Best Buy and Future Shop. Prices will be set by the various retailers.
Rogers did not immediately respond for comment on its decision not to carry the new phone, a surprise since the Toronto-based company was an early adopter of BlackBerry products during the company’s infancy.
Rogers also hosted the Canadian debut of the new BlackBerry phones at its headquarters in February, with BlackBerry chief executive Thorsten Heins and Rogers head Nadir Mohamed posing for photos together.
The new BlackBerry Z30 comes with a five-inch screen, improved battery life and faster processor than the models released earlier this year.
The device is larger than most smartphones, but smaller than the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, which the company recently stopped producing after two years.
Earlier this week, BlackBerry filed documents with regulators which showed that sales of its new Blackberry 10 devices have been faltering. The company also said that the launch of its recent strategic review process “may have negatively impacted demand for the company’s products” in its most recent quarter.
A potential takeover of BlackBerry has heightened attention on what will happen to the company, with Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, emerging last week with a preliminary US$4.7-billion takeover offer.
The first 5″ phablet by BlackBerry is coming soon, apparently slated for November, 2013. BlackBerry needs to go all out with marketing for this six core: (rumored 2 CPU cores and 4 GPU cores) device which will include OS 10.2 with headless apps, toast notifications and more updates to the OS with Priority HUB notifications. There is nothing on the market like the QNX based BlackBerry OS 10 phones. It is unfortunate that the media, analysts and carrier reps are so brain-washed and ignorant of the re-designed BlackBerry 10 phones. This is a serious failing of BlackBerry Marketing! The phones need to be marketed to the point that buyers ask for them at carrier stores in spite of sales reps that might be pushing other out-dated products based on mis-information, rumors, Apple, or other cell phone OEM dollar incentives (SPIFFS) and innuendo!
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