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RIM--- the makers of the Blackberry smartphone had a record $125 million loss in Q4 2011. They had a record number of subscribers, but it couldn't offset yet another quarter of falling shipments. Both Android and iPhone users saw this coming from a mile away--- especially since each chomped away at the overall marketshare while improving enterprising capabilities. Because of this--- RIM has officially called it quits in the consumer arena and will focus solely on business users.

 

While this is a huge victory for its competition, it's still a sad day for the mobile arena. I've personally used the Blackberry smartphone for both my personal phone and as a company device for many years. Sure it's outdated and pales in comparison to the potential of newer Androids and iPhones, but nothing will ever match its role in how we use our smartphones today. It still has perhaps the best keyboard period and is simply tops when it comes to emailing. It's a shame the BB OS platform couldn't evolve easily, but products come and go and it's Blackberry's time to fade off into the sunset.

 

While we won't see the Blackberry brand immediately phased out, this is indeed a tale-tale sign of its imminent demise. What do you think? You folks see this coming? Are you sad? Thoughts?

 

source: WSJ

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Personally Roy, I am not saddened by this. I saw it coming but I use a Blackberry Torch for my work/company phone and I've found that I don't even use it but rather use my Galaxy Nexus for setting up Patient runs, emailing and so on. The keyboard made me sad. However what I get from it is the possibility that this too could happen to our beloved Android and their iOS rival. I do agree that it played a pivotal role in how we use our smartphones today.

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Funny cause they have a new TV commercial for one of the phones. It's funny too. They act like it is so advanced and shit

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It's a real shame, I was rooting to see Blackberry's OS10 really bring some innovation to the market. Their email platform is still strong enough to allow them to succeed IMO. I think it is still superior to the Android email experience.

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Well, according to me, if we talking about Competition, it's really impossible for BlackBerry. Because of it's the world of iPhones and Android phones. It's really amazed to know about the loss number of BlackBerry. This one is extremely one of dangerous fall for BlackBerry.

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