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BlackBerry Z3 (Jakarta) available for pre-order from April 28 to May 12

Posted on April 26, 2014. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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The new Z3 can be pre-ordered from an Indonesian online store Jeruknipis.com or Elevenia.co/id (link below) for a special promo price of Rp 1.650.000 or about $142 USD (regular price Rp 2.200.00 or $190 USD).  Delivery date will be May 15.  This compares well to other devices in the Rp 1,300.000 to 1,800.00 range such as the BlackBerry Curve 9220 at Rp 1,477.300, Motorola Razr XT 910 at Rp 1,799.000, Lumia 520 at Rp 1,299.000, Nokia X at 1,439.100.  The Samsung I8262 Galaxy sells for Rp 2,498.500 and Q5 at Rp 2,519.100.  To compare higher-end, the iPhone 5c is Rp 9,880.000 and Z30 is Rp 7,999.000.  The Z10 is listed as out of stock on the website.  There are, however, devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Star selling for Rp 824.000 and Samsung Galaxy Y S6310 for Rp 1,149.500.  It looks like the Jakarta/Z3 is hitting the right price point at less than Rp 2,000.00.  Given its competition, I’d like to see the selling price to stay under Rp 2,000.000.

The Z3 will roll out to other countries in Asia in the months after its Indonesian release in May.  An LTE version is also planned for the global market.

The expected specs of the Z3 are:

  • Display – 5″ display, 540 x 960 pixels, 24-bit color LCD display
  • Memory – 8 GB application storage and 1.5 GB RAM
  • Processor – 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Battery – 2650 mAh non-removable battery
  • Rear-facing camera: 5 MP Autofocus and flash, 5x digital zoom
  • Front-facing camera: 1.1 MP Fixed-focus, 3x digital zoom

Just for fun, I clicked on the Buy Now button and got “This latest gadget BlackBerry assault begins Monday, April 28. Supplies are limited!”  No peeking I guess! 😀

Terms and conditions of the pre-order are as follows:

  1. Promo period pre-order dated 28 April 2014 – May 12 2014, while supplies are still available.
  2. Purchase only applies to Elvenia (the online website) members.
  3. Purchases must be paid no later than 23:59 pm on the same day or the seller reserves the right to cancel your transaction.
  4. Methods of payment accepted are ATM | Instant | XL Cash | Credit Card
  5. 0% installment available for a period of 3, 6, and 12 months for credit card users of BCA, Bank Danamon, Bank CIMB Niaga, Bank Mega and Standard Chartered Bank with Visa and Mastercard, with the following conditions: For credit card users of BCA and Bank Danamon, Bank can directly use the option period of 3, 6, and 12 months.  For credit card users of Bank CIMB Niaga, Bank Mega and Standard Chartered Bank: Select the payment option and 0%. Other banks after the payment process is complete and successful then you are required to fill out an installment form.  Charging installment form must be filed no later than 24 hours after the transaction is paid.  Submission of 0% installment will be processed within 7 working days.  Mortgage application approval is entirely the right of the bank.
  6. 5% discount for Visa credit card users only applies to the full purchase, not valid for the purchase of the mortgage.
  7. Elevenia reserves the right to cancel the transaction if discredited or validity.
  8. Everything pertaining to the product itself is the responsibility of the vendor/product providers.
  9. Products purchased will be delivered from May 15, 2014.
  10. Additional products in the form of prepaid starter pack XL handset shipments will be delivered simultaneously.
  11. By reading these terms & conditions then the customer is deemed to understand and agree to all rules and regulations.

(Above taken directly from the Elevenia website via Google Translate 😀 http://www.elevenia.co.id/browsing/exhibition/getExhibitionFrontDetail.do?planDisplayNumber=354164# )

A Rp 200 cash back is offered to customers who use the Cicilan Bank or Bank CIMB Niaga.

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BlackBerry CEO Chen aims for verticals, machine to machine and profitability

Posted on April 10, 2014. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , |

Reuters interview with John Chen re BlackBerry roadmap

Summary of above interview:

In a recent interview with Reuters’ Rhonda Schaffler, Chen answered many questions regarding BlackBerry’s roadmap for the next few years. While he gave no dates except a mention of a November timeframe for new devices, Chen was confident and upbeat while remaining businesslike and realistic about BlackBerry’s plans and future.  First of all, he said it’s not a ‘handset-only’ turnaround, and that being an end-to-end solution is more than a handset.  Over and over again Chen stressed the integrated nature of the BlackBerry system.  He emphasised that is is important to engage his Fortune 500 customer base, find out what their needs are and show how BlackBerry can continue to meet them, stating that  BlackBerry is focused on applications and end-to-end mobile solutions, all geared to the needs of Enterprise.  As Chen has met with customers around the world, he has gotten quite a bit of interest from them on BlackBerry’s roadmap.  He was clear that some products ‘are a little way out’ – and he indicated the November timeframe.  Chen reminded Schaffler that BlackBerry’s focus is on regulated industry (government, financial, healthcare, legal sectors) – those that are very security-minded – and targeted the CIO and boards concerned with risk management saying that data security and identity security are of very high concern.

Schaffler asked what the benchmark for handset sales is for this year and whether BlackBerry will hit that benchmark.  Chen laughed and said that his benchmark isn’t volume of sales – that he told investors that “we need to make money in the handset business”.  He reiterated that between now and 2016 BlackBerry looks to make money in the handset business.  She then asked what would happen if BlackBerry couldn’t make money in handsets.  Chen replied that they may have someone else make more and more of the handsets saying,  “There has got to be a way to make handsets because our operating system and our software technology is so strong, if I just license software technology I would do well.  We will be in the handset business – it depends on what level of integration.”  He quoted current sales at 3.4M/quarter as a good level to stick with and looks to make money at that volume.  When Schaffler asked Chen what could set back BlackBerry’s plans to make money in fy2016, Chen stated that it would be things like global market setbacks, currency market, etc.

The bottom line and take-away is that BlackBerry is working on a whole system – handset and server and BBM and QNX, end-to-end solutions, vertical solutions, and more.  Chen emphasised that he wants to see the company become strong in the machine-to-machine world and notes that ‘everyone’ wants to get into that market.  He said that BlackBerry is quite undervalued and acknowledged ‘issues’ over the past 2-3 years but pointed out that customers will like the more end-to-end, deeper stack than other ‘point to point’ solutions have.  When asked about acquisitions, Chen answered that they’re looking at small (less than $100M) aquisitions in security, productivity, communication areas.  He’s hoping to “fill the stack” with purpose rather than just buy attractive companies for revenue.

Asked about cost-cutting, Chen said that he was finishing off what had been already planned but was in the process of hiring sales, engineering and ‘customer engagement’/customer care people.  While BlackBerry is diversifying in terms of locations for business, Waterloo is still headquarters.  Regarding the T-Mobile partnership breaking up, Chen said that it was a business decision, not an emotional one, and that it would be ‘music to my ears’if we could work it out, but given T-Mobile’s consumer focus and BB’s enterprise focus and their clear decision not to sell BlackBerrys, BlackBerry will not be working with them in the near future.

Chen was open and realistic when he said that the toughest part of the turnaround is execution and convincing the market that BlackBerry has a very good plan and can execute it.  “Getting to the customer on time is actually very very tough” but he said that once the customers hear BlackBerry’s plan, he said, they like it.

Several articles have recently appeared stating that Chen is talking about leaving the handset business “in a short time frame”. Nothing like this was said during the interview. It was interesting in its openness and we can see the confidence meshed with realism of the 164-day-old CEO.  It will be interesting to follow Chen and BlackBerry as the year progresses.
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Share your BBM PIN in a fun and personalised way!

Posted on April 6, 2014. Filed under: BlackBerry 10 | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Now that BBM has been jazzed up with the addition of stickers, people are looking for more fun things to do with it.  Until recently, introducing yourself and adding others has been a humdrum affair – just sending the PIN.  Now you can spice it up with your favourite emoticon, a photo of yourself or something you like, or a flag.

Go to mypin.bbm.com to set it up as in the example below.  You can share to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and by email right on that site.  To share via Instagram or other means, just save the pic to your device or computer.

 

personalised pic for sharing your PIN

personalised pic for sharing your PIN

 

See my BBM Channel C0001BBB7 for more BlackBerry news and tips.  🙂

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