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What happened to U.S. Carrier Support for BlackBerry?

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U.S. Carrier support for BlackBerry is pretty much dead at this point. You can walk into pretty much any carrier store in the U.S. and clearly see that there are no BlackBerry devices on display. Even with the launch of BlackBerry 10, most carriers in the United States with the exception of a few, refused to even truly acknowledge BlackBerry 10’s existence. With the release of the BlackBerry Z10 and followed by the release of the Q10, both of which came with the BlackBerry 10 Operating System, this still wasn’t enough to gain carrier support. 

What could have been the cause to this? What did BlackBerry refuse to do to warrant this lack of carrier support? Could it have been “The Storm?” Yeah, everyone remembers that so called debacle from what I have read. I personally never owned a BlackBerry Storm but from all the reviews and multiple people who remember that device, the information provided stated that it was pretty much a failure all around. Now with that said, I have also talked to plenty of people who said the Storm was actually a very decent phone and worked very well. Could the BlackBerry Storm have been a major player in why carries in the United States simply started to shy away from supporting any future BlackBerry devices? 

Just what was it that made U.S. Carriers refuse continue to promote BlackBerry devices? Some will argue that after the original iPhone dropped BlackBerry failed to properly identify this as a major threat which could have lead to the overall downfall which included the now lack of proper carrier support.

Now we must take a trip down memory lane for a second and understand just what BlackBerry was built for from the beginning. BlackBerry’s foundation was built on the fact that there was a true need for a mobile device that would ensure the overall productivity and communication for the business person in need. This necessity for a device lead to some amazing products and services by the BlackBerry over time. Pretty soon everyone from Wall Street to Beat Street wanted to have this exclusive BlackBerry device. Everyone wanted to feel and look like a professional business person, and with a BlackBerry you had that look. 

I doubt that BlackBerry’s overall intention was to target the regular consumer cell phone market. I think as time went by and the popularity for BlackBerry grew more and more people, including carriers, were demanding more from the consumer side of the fence which most likely lead BlackBerry down a path that it had really no intentions of going in the first place. Maybe at that point BlackBerry decided that it would be an added benefit to go ahead and ride the train that was created by the masses. I can totally understand how that move made since as you never want to leave opportunity on the table. 

Well we all know the story from here and what happened with the company. Long story short BlackBerry’s U.S. Market share steadily declined year after year and the lack of innovation and some would say just pure cockiness could be part of the blame for the overall decline of the once mighty giant. I mean the story is quite interesting if I must say and one day it will go down as one of the biggest falls in tech or maybe the greatest comeback ever seen. 

How much work today does BlackBerry have to do in order to get carriers like Sprint, ATT, T-Mobile and Verizon back in the saddle in order to provide the carrier support in the U.S as it once had? With the most recent release of the BlackBerry Passport and the future releases of what they are calling the BlackBerry Classic, there is hope all around.  (more…)

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Why U.S. Carriers Refuse to Support BlackBerry

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carrier love where is it

U.S. Carrier support for BlackBerry is pretty much dead at this point. You can walk into pretty much any carrier store in the U.S. and clearly see that there are no BlackBerry devices on display. Even with the launch of BlackBerry 10, most carriers in the United States with the exception of a few, refused to even truly acknowledge BlackBerry 10’s existence. With the release of the BlackBerry Z10 and followed by the release of the Q10, both of which came with the BlackBerry 10 Operating System, this still wasn’t enough to gain carrier support. 

What could have been the cause to this? What did BlackBerry refuse to do to warrant this lack of carrier support? Could it have been “The Storm?” Yeah, everyone remembers that so called debacle from what I have read. I personally never owned a BlackBerry Storm but from all the reviews and multiple people who remember that device, the information provided stated that it was pretty much a failure all around. Now with that said, I have also talked to plenty of people who said the Storm was actually a very decent phone and worked very well. Could the BlackBerry Storm have been a major player in why carries in the United States simply started to shy away from supporting any future BlackBerry devices? 

Just what was it that made U.S. Carriers refuse continue to promote BlackBerry devices? Some will argue that after the original iPhone dropped BlackBerry failed to properly identify this as a major threat which could have lead to the overall downfall which included the now lack of proper carrier support.

Now we must take a trip down memory lane for a second and understand just what BlackBerry was built for from the beginning. BlackBerry’s foundation was built on the fact that there was a true need for a mobile device that would ensure the overall productivity and communication for the business person in need. This necessity for a device lead to some amazing products and services by the BlackBerry over time. Pretty soon everyone from Wall Street to Beat Street wanted to have this exclusive BlackBerry device. Everyone wanted to feel and look like a professional business person, and with a BlackBerry you had that look. 

I doubt that BlackBerry’s overall intention was to target the regular consumer cell phone market. I think as time went by and the popularity for BlackBerry grew more and more people, including carriers, were demanding more from the consumer side of the fence which most likely lead BlackBerry down a path that it had really no intentions of going in the first place. Maybe at that point BlackBerry decided that it would be an added benefit to go ahead and ride the train that was created by the masses. I can totally understand how that move made since as you never want to leave opportunity on the table. 

Well we all know the story from here and what happened with the company. Long story short BlackBerry’s U.S. Market share steadily declined year after year and the lack of innovation and some would say just pure cockiness could be part of the blame for the overall decline of the once mighty giant. I mean the story is quite interesting if I must say and one day it will go down as one of the biggest falls in tech or maybe the greatest comeback ever seen. 

How much work today does BlackBerry have to do in order to get carriers like Sprint, ATT, T-Mobile and Verizon back in the saddle in order to provide the carrier support in the U.S as it once had? With the most recent release of the BlackBerry Passport and the future releases of what they are calling the BlackBerry Classic, there is hope all around.  (more…)

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Discover BlackBerry Blend using these “How To” demos

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How BlackBerry Blend Will Change The Game

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Last week at the BlackBerry Passport launch there was something special that happened. Not only did BlackBerry deliver on another device but also they delivered big on a new software called BlackBerry Blend.

With BlackBerry Blend you have tons of options to increase your overall productivity and to ease your workload. Having the option of BBM and text messages on your computer and or tablet is pure genius. With BBM now having over 90 million subscribers worldwide, this will be a very nice added benefit.

BlackBerry Blend is more than just a way to have BBM available on other devices it also provides you with a ton of options to ensure your overall success personal or business. BlackBerry Blend will be secured and you can rest assured your information will be safe with BlackBerry.

Below I have added some additional detailed features and a demo video from the launch as well.

  • Never miss a BBM or text message: Blend brings all your BBM and text messages from your BlackBerry smartphone to an integrated messaging hub now conveniently available on your computer and tablet.
  • Use your smartphone as a mobile network hub: Gain secure access to work email, calendars and important files on any device connected to Blend.
  • Transfer files across devices: Save files from your computer to your BlackBerry smartphone so they are accessible on any device connected to BlackBerry Blend.
  • BlackBerry security, across your devices: Powered by the BlackBerry device through the BlackBerry network, this seamless experience is also secure. And IT Administrators can rest easy, as they have the ability to set BlackBerry Blend parameters for users that match their security guidelines.
  • Unified Calendar Management: BlackBerry Blend merges all of your work meetings, personal appointments and events into one view.
  • Connect anywhere, anytime: BlackBerry Blend can connect wirelessly via Wi-Fi or cellular connection, or wired through the USB port on your PC. Once connected, use your BlackBerry ID on your computer and tablet to connect to BlackBerry Blend.

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Unable to unlock the work space using BlackBerry Blend

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Did you recently set up BlackBerry Blend but find you cannot access your work data? For example, does the following message appear after you select Work space is locked within BlackBerry Blend on your computer or tablet?

Work Data is Blocked by an IT Policy. Please contact your administrator to request access

If you see this message it is because your device is activated for work data using the BlackBerry Enterprise Service and it does not have the BlackBerry Blend IT policies. You can find the BlackBerry Blend IT policies in BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.2.4 or later. This error can also appear if the BlackBerry Enterprise Service is upgraded to version 10.2.4 but the BlackBerry Blend IT Policies have not yet been set up.

If you are in this situation, contact your BlackBerry Administrator and ask them to upgrade the BlackBerry Enterprise Service to version 10.2.4 or later so you can increase your productivity as soon as possible

To learn more, direct your BlackBerry Administrator to the following knowledge base article: KB36323 – When attempting to unlock the workspace in BlackBerry Blend a message is displayed asking to contact administrator.

Got a question? Let me know!



Article source: http://helpblog.blackberry.com/2014/09/unable-to-unlock-the-work-space-using-blackberry-blend/


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