Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Sep 2013 23:29 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

So, BlackBerry has just announced it's exciting the consumer market, focussing on the enterprise instead. Worse yet, it's cutting 4500 jobs, half its workforce, which is a statistic for us, but a disaster for those involved.

The company sold just 3.7 million smartphones in the second quarter, most of which ran the older BlackBerry 7 operating system instead of the new BlackBerry 10. This means the Z10 and Q10 have been unmitigated flops. Hardly surprising though - even random people such as myself knew BB10 was going to be a hard, if not impossible, sell.

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One less competitor
by hauger on Sun 22nd Sep 2013 00:31 UTC
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2005-12-05

I own a Z10 and love it. Find it very fluid and a joy to use.

The thing that drives me nuts about the BlackBerry story is the number of people that are filled with glee at the death of a competitor in the mobile field. I'm astounded that the average person seems to rejoice at the idea of there being less competition in the mobile space, basically it seems consumers are standing around saying "Yay! BlackBerry's dead! Less choice! Awesome!"

The other thing that kills me is I don't know what to migrate to if/when BlackBerry finally packs it in. I can't stand Apple's anti-consumer stance, but in the mobile space I'm not sure I'm excited for Android and the security issues with it. Windows Phone? Maybe.

Edited 2013-09-22 00:32 UTC

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RE: One less competitor
by BallmerKnowsBest on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 15:10 in reply to "One less competitor"
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

The thing that drives me nuts about the BlackBerry story is the number of people that are filled with glee at the death of a competitor in the mobile field. I'm astounded that the average person seems to rejoice at the idea of there being less competition in the mobile space, basically it seems consumers are standing around saying "Yay! BlackBerry's dead! Less choice! Awesome!"


Welcome to our brave new world of technology enthusiasts, where fanboys and posturing-wannabes are the majority. Another trend that we can thank the iFanboys and GNU/Zealots for, due their insistence on dragging every discussion down into "us VS them" partisanship. To the people who perpetuate that mindset, the only way for their side to win is for everyone else to lose - and any success for the opposition is seen as a loss for them (if not a direct threat to their own personal self-worth).

So of course fanboys will express delight at any misfortune for companies/products they see as a threat to their surrogate daddy-figure. It's a concept called "psychological transference," basically a way for simpletons to feel pride in accomplishments that they had no part in - as if they can hitch wagon to something successful & have that success somehow rub off or reflect positively on them.

The other thing that kills me is I don't know what to migrate to if/when BlackBerry finally packs it in. I can't stand Apple's anti-consumer stance, but in the mobile space I'm not sure I'm excited for Android and the security issues with it. Windows Phone? Maybe.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNUHy9_em4U

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RE[2]: One less competitor
by darknexus on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:02 in reply to "RE: One less competitor"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

So of course fanboys will express delight at any misfortune for companies/products they see as a threat to their surrogate daddy-figure. It's a concept called "psychological transference," basically a way for simpletons to feel pride in accomplishments that they had no part in - as if they can hitch wagon to something successful & have that success somehow rub off or reflect positively on them.

This is hardly a new concept. We see it all the time not just in tech, but with wars, sports, governments, you name it. The same problem that makes one country want to bomb another one because they're not the same as they is manifesting itself in the tech field. It's pathetic, though if viewed objectively from the standpoint of Human evolution is hardly surprising as it goes back to our tribe/pack mentality. We're better than that, but most people do not wish to rise above it and prefer instead to feel pretend pride at something they've never done.

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RE[2]: One less competitor
by Alfman on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:26 in reply to "RE: One less competitor"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

BallmerKnowsBest,

+1 Ain't that the truth. It gets so tiresome and yet it never ends. Most threads end up turning into a feud dislodging the whole discussion into a predictable and mindless turf war where everything is viewed in a black and white "us vs them" mentality without regards to common sense. Is there anywhere to go for serious topics without having to tolerate insane fanboy nonsense?

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RE: One less competitor
by Sparrowhawk on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 15:51 in reply to "One less competitor"
Sparrowhawk Member since:
2005-07-11

I tried replying earlier but for some reason my post went AWOL.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I agree with you 100% - I too have a Z10: love it, best phone I've ever used (having come from iOS and having bought Android phones for family members in the past too).

As you say, more variety leads to greater innovation - crowing over the demise of a competitor is an odd thing to do in my opinion.

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RE: One less competitor
by internettenparakazan on Mon 23rd Sep 2013 17:40 in reply to "One less competitor"
internettenparakazan Member since:
2013-09-23

ıt is unlikely

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