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Want to win a BlackBerry Motion? Here’s how to do it

TCL launched the BlackBerry Motion keyboard-less smartphone on the US market back at CES 2018. Well if you haven’t placed an order for the device yet, here’s your chance of getting the phone – for free!

Gentlemen’s Choice has partnered up with BlackBerry to let you win a free BlackBerry Motion Android handset. The contest is open worldwide and all you have to do to join is the following:

  1. Follow @gentlemenschoice and @blackberrymobile on Instagram
  2. Leave a comment in which you tag 3 friends
  3. Want an extra entry? Comment on this post with the name of a BlackBerry you once owned

If you wouldn’t mind winning a free BlackBerry Motion you have until February 02, 2018 to join the contest.

Don’t forget the Motion is the first BlackBerry smartphone to be water-resistant. The handset also comes boasting a 5.5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a Snapdragon 625, aided by 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Motion relies on a pretty impressive 4,000 mAh out of the box and has a physical home button with the company’s logo on it.

And even if the BlackBerry Motion ships out with Android Nougat out the box, the Oreo update is expected to arrive sometime later this year.

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Microsoft could well release Skype for BlackBerry Playbook

Stranger things have happened in the mobile marketplace

once upon a time there was a skype client for bb7

Here at GoMo Towers we’ve been mulling over the various unholy [unlikely] alliances that have sprung up in the mobile space of late. One of these is the link between BlackBerry and Microsoft. Formerly arch rivals, BlackBerry finally did Microsoft a favour this month [August 2014] by releasing a client for its instant messaging [IM] service – BBM, which works under Windows Phone 8 [WP8]. That event was some six months after GoMo News had predicted it would happen here. Now Skype (which is owned by Microsoft) already offers a software client which will run on BB10 devices. But GoMo News feels that it might also produce a version for legacy BlackBerry devices which would, of course, include BlackBerry’s original tablet – the PlayBook.

The fact that an IT giant like Apple can over come its insular nature and entertain the thought of 100 apps created by Big Blue (IBM) on its hardware shows that the world has changed radically.

If you are going to out-flank your rivals, you need to do so by forming pacts with your competitors’ enemies.

Now here’s the problem. It’s become increasingly obvious that major growth in the mobile/cellular sector will come from the Indian & Asia Pacific regions.

And in certain specific markets – the classic one being Indonesia, BlackBerry has a huge following.

So if you are an ally of BlackBerry – which Microsoft is,  you’d want to promote your services in those regions with a little help from your friends.

So you want to push OneDrive as your mobile cloud solution and the other service you’d want to promote would be Skype (which Microsoft happens to own).

But it’s no good promoting a service to emerging markets that only works on the very latest hardware – such as Windows Phone 8 and BB10.

Hence, you need to introduce client software for older devices such as BlackBerry’s Playbook – which basically bombed from its lack of Skype support as far as GoMo News is concerned.

Now it can’t be very difficult for Microsoft to introduce a legacy version of Skype for BB7 devices.

As we pointed out here, Telkomcel was able to offer its customers (Verizon in the USA being the only other exception) a version of Skype that ran on legacy BlackBerry devices.

We think it is now only a matter of time before the likes of Microsoft and BlackBerry fully appreciate that the focus on mobile hardware is outmoded.

What you’ve got to focus on its software services. And such software services are no use at all in the emerging markets if the majority of the population can’t afford the latest device to run your software client.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.


GoMo News

Microsoft could well release Skype for BlackBerry Playbook

Stranger things have happened in the mobile marketplace

once upon a time there was a skype client for bb7

Here at GoMo Towers we’ve been mulling over the various unholy [unlikely] alliances that have sprung up in the mobile space of late. One of these is the link between BlackBerry and Microsoft. Formerly arch rivals, BlackBerry finally did Microsoft a favour this month [August 2014] by releasing a client for its instant messaging [IM] service – BBM, which works under Windows Phone 8 [WP8]. That event was some six months after GoMo News had predicted it would happen here. Now Skype (which is owned by Microsoft) already offers a software client which will run on BB10 devices. But GoMo News feels that it might also produce a version for legacy BlackBerry devices which would, of course, include BlackBerry’s original tablet – the PlayBook.

The fact that an IT giant like Apple can over come its insular nature and entertain the thought of 100 apps created by Big Blue (IBM) on its hardware shows that the world has changed radically.

If you are going to out-flank your rivals, you need to do so by forming pacts with your competitors’ enemies.

Now here’s the problem. It’s become increasingly obvious that major growth in the mobile/cellular sector will come from the Indian & Asia Pacific regions.

And in certain specific markets – the classic one being Indonesia, BlackBerry has a huge following.

So if you are an ally of BlackBerry – which Microsoft is,  you’d want to promote your services in those regions with a little help from your friends.

So you want to push OneDrive as your mobile cloud solution and the other service you’d want to promote would be Skype (which Microsoft happens to own).

But it’s no good promoting a service to emerging markets that only works on the very latest hardware – such as Windows Phone 8 and BB10.

Hence, you need to introduce client software for older devices such as BlackBerry’s Playbook – which basically bombed from its lack of Skype support as far as GoMo News is concerned.

Now it can’t be very difficult for Microsoft to introduce a legacy version of Skype for BB7 devices.

As we pointed out here, Telkomcel was able to offer its customers (Verizon in the USA being the only other exception) a version of Skype that ran on legacy BlackBerry devices.

We think it is now only a matter of time before the likes of Microsoft and BlackBerry fully appreciate that the focus on mobile hardware is outmoded.

What you’ve got to focus on its software services. And such software services are no use at all in the emerging markets if the majority of the population can’t afford the latest device to run your software client.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.


GoMo News

Microsoft could well release Skype for BlackBerry Playbook

Stranger things have happened in the mobile marketplace

once upon a time there was a skype client for bb7

Here at GoMo Towers we’ve been mulling over the various unholy [unlikely] alliances that have sprung up in the mobile space of late. One of these is the link between BlackBerry and Microsoft. Formerly arch rivals, BlackBerry finally did Microsoft a favour this month [August 2014] by releasing a client for its instant messaging [IM] service – BBM, which works under Windows Phone 8 [WP8]. That event was some six months after GoMo News had predicted it would happen here. Now Skype (which is owned by Microsoft) already offers a software client which will run on BB10 devices. But GoMo News feels that it might also produce a version for legacy BlackBerry devices which would, of course, include BlackBerry’s original tablet – the PlayBook.

The fact that an IT giant like Apple can over come its insular nature and entertain the thought of 100 apps created by Big Blue (IBM) on its hardware shows that the world has changed radically.

If you are going to out-flank your rivals, you need to do so by forming pacts with your competitors’ enemies.

Now here’s the problem. It’s become increasingly obvious that major growth in the mobile/cellular sector will come from the Indian & Asia Pacific regions.

And in certain specific markets – the classic one being Indonesia, BlackBerry has a huge following.

So if you are an ally of BlackBerry – which Microsoft is,  you’d want to promote your services in those regions with a little help from your friends.

So you want to push OneDrive as your mobile cloud solution and the other service you’d want to promote would be Skype (which Microsoft happens to own).

But it’s no good promoting a service to emerging markets that only works on the very latest hardware – such as Windows Phone 8 and BB10.

Hence, you need to introduce client software for older devices such as BlackBerry’s Playbook – which basically bombed from its lack of Skype support as far as GoMo News is concerned.

Now it can’t be very difficult for Microsoft to introduce a legacy version of Skype for BB7 devices.

As we pointed out here, Telkomcel was able to offer its customers (Verizon in the USA being the only other exception) a version of Skype that ran on legacy BlackBerry devices.

We think it is now only a matter of time before the likes of Microsoft and BlackBerry fully appreciate that the focus on mobile hardware is outmoded.

What you’ve got to focus on its software services. And such software services are no use at all in the emerging markets if the majority of the population can’t afford the latest device to run your software client.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.


GoMo News

UK PM gives big thumbs up for his BlackBerry

David Cameron shows how Brits still remain loyal to the brand

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/08/18/article-2727686-0CED34B400000578-660_634x550.jpg

source: daily mail © david hartley

Well, GoMo News can’t think of a better endorsement for the value of using a BlackBerry to stay in control of your job than that given by the UK’s current Prime Minister [PM], David Cameron. After all, Mr Cameron’s job could hardly be more important to Brits than running the country (Great Britain). In an interview run extensively by the leading UK newspaper, the Daily Mail (see here), David Cameron ” said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday.” From the pictures, it looks to us like he’s got a BB10 device – maybe even a Q5.

What David Cameron said in full was, “”I always make sure there are senior ministers on duty in Westminster,” he said after delivering a speech in central London.

“But I don’t hand over the Government to a deputy. Wherever I am, wherever I am in the world I am always within a few feet of a BlackBerry and an ability to manage things should they need to be managed.”

“And indeed as I have done on I think almost every holiday that I have enjoyed over the last few years, to return instantly should that be necessary.”

The last sentence shows that Mr Cameron isn’t just a new convert but a long time fan of the BlackBerry brand.

Plus, it also illustrates how a BlackBerry can be used wherever you are in the world.

Sadly the photograph, taken by David Hartley, doesn’t show us exactly which BlackBerry model Mr Cameron is using but we assume he is a fan of those BlackBerry models that sport a keypad. Such as a Q5 or maybe even a Q10.

This admission should definitely give the Canadian smartphone maker a welcome boost because it also shows that the British government at least still considers BlackBerries to be highly secure devices.

Perhaps we should ask BBC journalist Nick Robinson a call. After all he knows the Prime Minister’s mobile phone number and almost gave it away to terrorists.

See ‘Lost BBC hack’s mobile phone classic BYOD mistake‘.

<img id=”i-b112bedbf8d86b1e” src=”http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/08/18/article-2727686-0CED34B400000578-660_634x550.jpg” height=”550″ width=”634″ alt=”David Cameron said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday” data-track-pos=”2″>

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC – http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/


GoMo News

UK PM gives big thumbs up for his BlackBerry

David Cameron shows how Brits still remain loyal to the brand

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/08/18/article-2727686-0CED34B400000578-660_634x550.jpg

source: daily mail © david hartley

Well, GoMo News can’t think of a better endorsement for the value of using a BlackBerry to stay in control of your job than that given by the UK’s current Prime Minister [PM], David Cameron. After all, Mr Cameron’s job could hardly be more important to Brits than running the country (Great Britain). In an interview run extensively by the leading UK newspaper, the Daily Mail (see here), David Cameron ” said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday.” From the pictures, it looks to us like he’s got a BB10 device – maybe even a Q5.

What David Cameron said in full was, “”I always make sure there are senior ministers on duty in Westminster,” he said after delivering a speech in central London.

“But I don’t hand over the Government to a deputy. Wherever I am, wherever I am in the world I am always within a few feet of a BlackBerry and an ability to manage things should they need to be managed.”

“And indeed as I have done on I think almost every holiday that I have enjoyed over the last few years, to return instantly should that be necessary.”

The last sentence shows that Mr Cameron isn’t just a new convert but a long time fan of the BlackBerry brand.

Plus, it also illustrates how a BlackBerry can be used wherever you are in the world.

Sadly the photograph, taken by David Hartley, doesn’t show us exactly which BlackBerry model Mr Cameron is using but we assume he is a fan of those BlackBerry models that sport a keypad. Such as a Q5 or maybe even a Q10.

This admission should definitely give the Canadian smartphone maker a welcome boost because it also shows that the British government at least still considers BlackBerries to be highly secure devices.

Perhaps we should ask BBC journalist Nick Robinson a call. After all he knows the Prime Minister’s mobile phone number and almost gave it away to terrorists.

See ‘Lost BBC hack’s mobile phone classic BYOD mistake‘.

<img id=”i-b112bedbf8d86b1e” src=”http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/08/18/article-2727686-0CED34B400000578-660_634x550.jpg” height=”550″ width=”634″ alt=”David Cameron said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday” data-track-pos=”2″>

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC – http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/


GoMo News

UK PM gives big thumbs up for his BlackBerry

David Cameron shows how Brits still remain loyal to the brand

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/08/18/article-2727686-0CED34B400000578-660_634x550.jpg

source: daily mail © david hartley

Well, GoMo News can’t think of a better endorsement for the value of using a BlackBerry to stay in control of your job than that given by the UK’s current Prime Minister [PM], David Cameron. After all, Mr Cameron’s job could hardly be more important to Brits than running the country (Great Britain). In an interview run extensively by the leading UK newspaper, the Daily Mail (see here), David Cameron ” said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday.” From the pictures, it looks to us like he’s got a BB10 device – maybe even a Q5.

What David Cameron said in full was, “”I always make sure there are senior ministers on duty in Westminster,” he said after delivering a speech in central London.

“But I don’t hand over the Government to a deputy. Wherever I am, wherever I am in the world I am always within a few feet of a BlackBerry and an ability to manage things should they need to be managed.”

“And indeed as I have done on I think almost every holiday that I have enjoyed over the last few years, to return instantly should that be necessary.”

The last sentence shows that Mr Cameron isn’t just a new convert but a long time fan of the BlackBerry brand.

Plus, it also illustrates how a BlackBerry can be used wherever you are in the world.

Sadly the photograph, taken by David Hartley, doesn’t show us exactly which BlackBerry model Mr Cameron is using but we assume he is a fan of those BlackBerry models that sport a keypad. Such as a Q5 or maybe even a Q10.

This admission should definitely give the Canadian smartphone maker a welcome boost because it also shows that the British government at least still considers BlackBerries to be highly secure devices.

Perhaps we should ask BBC journalist Nick Robinson a call. After all he knows the Prime Minister’s mobile phone number and almost gave it away to terrorists.

See ‘Lost BBC hack’s mobile phone classic BYOD mistake‘.

<img id=”i-b112bedbf8d86b1e” src=”http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/08/18/article-2727686-0CED34B400000578-660_634x550.jpg” height=”550″ width=”634″ alt=”David Cameron said he was always available on his blackberry – even from holiday” data-track-pos=”2″>

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC – http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/


GoMo News

Blackphone vs BlackBerry, Galaxy Alpha, and another OnePlus screwup | Pocketnow Weekly 109

Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast below! Thanks for joining us for the live show, everyone, and enjoy the HQ downloads in the Links section.

One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is … well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there’s nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We’ve talked about this sort of thing before, and now we’re talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs BlackBerry. But we’re not using this issue to harp on the dangers of fanaticism; rather, we’re seizing on the opportunity to learn something about mobile security.

There’s also plenty of news to cover in the mainstream smartphone world, of course: Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha is here and while it’s not packing a big spec wallop, it sure is pretty. Motorola’s broken our hearts with an ill-timed event invite. There’s new device coverage concerning HTC, Microsoft, Xiaomi, and others. And, improbably, OnePlus has found yet another way to piss off the world.

If that’s the kind of podcast that brushes your aluminum, then the Pocketnow Weekly is the show for you! Join us live on the air today at 2pm Eastern (click here for your own local time) for Pocketnow Weekly 109 (or download the high-quality edited version of the show down in the Links section) and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!

 


Pocketnow

Blackphone vs BlackBerry, Galaxy Alpha, and another OnePlus screwup | Pocketnow Weekly 109

Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast below! Thanks for joining us for the live show, everyone, and enjoy the HQ downloads in the Links section.

One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is … well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there’s nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We’ve talked about this sort of thing before, and now we’re talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs BlackBerry. But we’re not using this issue to harp on the dangers of fanaticism; rather, we’re seizing on the opportunity to learn something about mobile security.

There’s also plenty of news to cover in the mainstream smartphone world, of course: Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha is here and while it’s not packing a big spec wallop, it sure is pretty. Motorola’s broken our hearts with an ill-timed event invite. There’s new device coverage concerning HTC, Microsoft, Xiaomi, and others. And, improbably, OnePlus has found yet another way to piss off the world.

If that’s the kind of podcast that brushes your aluminum, then the Pocketnow Weekly is the show for you! Join us live on the air today at 2pm Eastern (click here for your own local time) for Pocketnow Weekly 109 (or download the high-quality edited version of the show down in the Links section) and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!

 


Pocketnow

Promised Passport from BlackBerry could stem customer loss

Making it easier to put Android apps on BB10 too

the passport keyboard

There have been some pretty comprehensive leaks about BlackBerry’s next BB10 based device – the Passport. Michael Clewley, director of software product management at BlackBerry says it will deliver “a step change in productivity”.  He was writing in an official BlackBerry log which has been removed. So, thanks to mobilesyrup, you can read his blog here. Why does it increase productivity? Because this promised BB10 smartphone has a touch-enabled keyboard. Simultaneously BlackBerry has been making it easier for Android developers to port their apps to BB10 devices (including Passport). This might stem the diminishing loyalty of BlackBerry consumers in 2014 recently discovered by British comparison site Cashforphonescomparison.

The survey showed, for example, that 65.79 per cent of people trading in an old BlackBerry device on the Cashforphonescomparison site said they were upgrading to an iPhone.

Interestingly, 42.1 per cent of people trading in their old BlackBerry device told the site that they’re getting the iPhone 4, while only 5.26 per cent plan to get the iPhone 5S.

However, 6.68 per cent of people trading in an old BlackBerry said they are switching to a Samsung device.

Now that threat might be countered by the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3 Developer Preview OS, simulator, and SDKs.

BlackBerry claims these tools give developers everything they’ll need in order to get their apps ready for BlackBerry 10.3 and the BlackBerry Passport.

It provides the tools that verify that an app is compatible with the BlackBerry platform; repackage the app as a compatible BAR file; and, crucially, sign the app so that it can be distributed through the BlackBerry World storefront.

Significantly, one of the new tools which can be downloaded from the BlackBerry site here including a BlackBerry Plug in for Android Studio.

More apps could easily help stem the tide of defections from the BlackBerry platform.

Incidentally, 7.89 per cent of people trading in an old BlackBerry said they are staying loyal to the brand, according to Cashforphonescomparison.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.


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