BlackBerry’s BBM Protected now live

BlackBerry's effort to expand and monetize its well-known security reputation to text messaging launches today. The company announced that BBM Protected, the first solution in its eBBM Suite for secure enterprise-class messaging, is

Published on: June 16th, 2014 Howard Solomon

BlackBerry trying four ways to cash in on BBM

BlackBerry Ltd. has four new plans to make some money from BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), its flagship instant messaging platform. And while it hasn’t settled on just one plan, it will be trying out all

Published on: March 25th, 2014 Candice So

WhatsApp voice will face many entrenched alternatives

Most readers would agree that shock and awe are appropriate reactions to the US$19 billion Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp. The good news is that the deal will cost  Facebook “only” US$4 billion in cash.

Published on: March 4th, 2014 Chris Lau

Will WhatsApp deal push BlackBerry BBM?

Around the time Industry Canada was announcing that Canadian cellular carriers had agreed to give it over $5 billion for spectrum came news that Facebook will write a cheque for US$19 billion for

Published on: February 20th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Ugly BlackBerry quarter expected: What enterprises need to know

BlackBerry is set to report quarterly results on December 20th, 2013. Everyone should expect the numbers to be very ugly. During the quarter, the company reversed its decision to privatize, took on one

Published on: December 16th, 2013 Chris Lau

BBM finally launches for Android. (But does anyone still care?)

Okay, so remember about a month ago when our friends at BlackBerry were supposed to launch the BBM app for Android and iPhone, so that people on other smartphone platforms could connect with

Published on: October 29th, 2013 Sean Carruthers

Android BBM delayed, Blackberry flayed

Waterloo-based Blackberry has had, to use a technical term, a really crappy week. After announcing a near $1 billion loss, trading of the company’s stock was halted, and news of layoffs of around

Published on: September 23rd, 2013 Sean Carruthers

Unsold phones could mean writedown for BlackBerry

Unsold smart phones amounting to nearly $1 billion could prompt BlackBerry Ltd. to declare a major writedown when the company posts its earning next Friday, according to industry analysts. According to BlackBerry its

Published on: September 20th, 2013 Nestor E. Arellano