Remember this? “The RIM we know is dead. The company has 12 to 15 months until it’s either acquired, or broken into pieces and sold for parts. I’m not even sure why the company still plans to launch BlackBerry 10 smartphones at this point.”
Do you all remember that gem of a statement when it was made? On March 30, 2012, those statements were made by Johnathan S. Geller of BGR. 1 Year ago.
In this article Mr. Geller goes on to site his “senior source.” He writes a whole paragraph on how RIM was going to ditch system access fees for BBOS devices for all carriers to drive sales of BB7 devices. That never happened. At least not for BBOS devices. This “senior source” said BB10 would be the “definition of a 1.0 operating system – it can not compete.” This has clearly been shown to be wrong. BB10 has been anything but the definition of a 1.0 operating system and it clearly CAN compete. With now over 100 000 apps and a solid stable OS, with new innovative features, it is the most impressive 1.0 offering to date.
The “senior source” goes on to say ,“Take on Windows Phone and negotiate with Microsoft. You need BBM on Windows Phone…” this line one year later, with the results of Windows Phone 8 in hand, is too hilarious to comment on.
Looking back at his article and his “senior source” it makes me truly wonder who this source was. How could he be SO wrong on SO many things?
For me the article from which the above quotes came was the pinnacle of over a year of bashing by not only the mainstream media but the tech blog media as a whole. Yes, I am using Mr. Gellar as a whipping boy of sorts, but it wasn’t just him. I could never quite get around why the media was so intent on squashing RIM. People like Mr. Geller seemed to have a personal vendetta against RIM. What did RIM do to him to make him and these other bloggers so ruthless with his personal attacks? The attacks to the BlackBerry brand didn’t stop with that article; however, for me, the article was a time of rock bottom for the BlackBerry fan.
What a difference a year makes.
Just a few days ago BlackBerry announced their 4th quarter earnings and they clearly showed a company that is NOT DEAD, but a company in solid financial footing with an amazing product on the market. The comeback is well underway.
When the article by BGR was written 1 year ago, I made sure to bookmark a notice in my calendar for 1 year in the future. At that time Thorsten Heins was still very new as the new CEO and BlackBerry 10 was still a far away idea, but, the true members of Team BlackBerry had faith. Many, if not most, didn’t share our enthusiasm or positive long term outlook on the then RIM, now BlackBerry. What we saw, and many didn’t, were changes happening. You could see that the “new” RIM was getting it. They were making the corrections that needed to be done. Not only that, but, you could tell there was a growing underdog spirit within the halls of RIM. Most of all, you could see the passion that the employees of RIM/BlackBerry had and continue to have today.
When you take a step back and look at what RIM/BlackBerry has accomplished in the last year, it truly is amazing. I truly commend the employees of BlackBerry. Their hard work, passion, and dedication has not only made BB10/Z10 a solid product, but, has laid the foundation for the future of BlackBerry. They have my utmost respect. Dealing with the media over the last almost 2 years has been tough. GOOD WORK. THANK YOU!
Many people scoff at the idea of people, like myself, taking “sides” in the mobile tech industry; BlackBerry vs iPhone vs Windows Phone vs Android. The thing is, it does seem that many in the media have already picked a side, so why can’t I? I am a proud card carrying member of Team BlackBerry and I cannot wait to see where we are 1 year from today! Sure some things are uncertain at the moment and BlackBerry is on the early stages of making a comeback with a great product and more to come from their line up. Sentiment towards BlackBerry is beginning to change, and I’d say they have a solid chance to make BlackBerry 10 a success.
PS: Seems Mr. Geller was right about one thing about RIM in a way, the name is sort of dead, since the company was re-branded as BlackBerry.
KEEP MOVING AND BE BOLD TEAM BLACKBERRY!!!!!!!!!