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CEO John Chen Travelling The World for BlackBerry Customers and Z3 Launch Prep

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John Chen has been living out of a suitcase for a bit and plans to continue for a bit longer. He is going around the world to meet businesses and government customers using BlackBerry to offer some “High Touch Marketing.” In a new interview with The Record he lays out how:

“I am living hotel to hotel to hotel, it is like packing and unpacking, packing and unpacking,” he said. “This week I have been in so many places I don’t even remember.”

That is not a bad sign for an executive hell bent on turning a company around. The Record says that Chen is also heading to Indonesia in May next week for the launch of the Jakarta Z3 but my guess is that is conjecture for now. He is focused around the world on getting the word out about BlackBerry’s new direction. Specifically he has been struggling with a mass of things that need to be fixed in parallel.

Chen also confirmed in the interview that Marvell was looking at purchasing BlackBerry but the deal fell through for reasons he would not disclose. I personally recommend reading the whole interview but the last line highlighted what Chen has planned for BlackBerry, BBM, QNX, and other parts of the company:

“There will be one day when the map and the market will tell us which way to go,” he said. “I can assure you, for me, it’s not a religion. It’s business.”

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  1. Chen knows what it takes. BlackBerry for the win.

  2. The reason why the demand for Os 7 is still out there is simply cos of the BIS service and the demand is mainly in some asian and african countries. Blackberry should introduce it for the bb10. The bis has made the 0s 7 fones more economical for us They should make the current bis work on the bb10 smart fone by inculcating it in the next software update os 10.3… They will sell lots of fones in africa and asi where they still got fans I bet ya

  3. Good man.

  4. That last quote worries me a bit, and it’s not that I want Chen to be a fanatic but I want him to believe deeply in BlackBerry. I hope he doesn’t see his position as a revolving door or another step in his career. This company has some significant assets and it would be nice to see someone who can finally create real value from these assets, growing the company in the process. Is it about creating value today at the expense of tomorrow? I’d rather it not be that way.

    • So true.. Now that facebook has introduced a sim package with a german company… That’s a version of the bis underway… I sense The whatsapp will soon have voice and video call capabilty with a special package to back it for monthly unlimited service.. Blackberry should start thinking about such service for its bbm too for the bb10….. What do you think?

      • BlackBerry is trying to find ways to monetize BBM, but BBM has many of those features today for free! If BlackBerry would remove *ALL* this uncertainty over its head and just run the business with positive thinking and moves, we wouldn’t be seeing a decline in sales. The product is *freaking good!*, but they have to focus on the many positives rather that all the negative press.

        If BlackBerry keeps pushing BBM on all platforms, folks will start to wonder why they have to pay Whatsapp/Facebook when there is a superior free service. Eventually, BlackBerry will have to start charging something for BBM, but the business needs to grow.

  5. So true.. Now that facebook has introduced a sim package with a german company… That’s a version of the bis underway… I sense The whatsapp will soon have voice and video call capabilty with a special package to back it for monthly unlimited service.. Blackberry should start thinking about such service for its bbm too for the bb10.

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