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Does BlackBerry Outage Point Towards its Impending Demise!

BlackBerry_logo_DownLet me first start with a disclaimer, I am not suggesting RIM’s BlackBerry business is about to be destroyed. I just looked up information about all the major service outages by companies in the last 15 years, and found there seems a relation between a company’s fall from grace and outages to its services. All services have their outages, but some major ones can really cause inconveniences.

I wanted to point out three brands that never recovered after a major outage; which might give us an idea where BlackBerry is heading.

AOL’s Outage problems

AOL_Logo_smallBack in the mid 1990s, AOL was like Google and Facebook rolled into one for many internet users in the US. It was not into search but it was providing internet access along with email accounts. It was also a major player in the online instant messaging.

It was so iconic, that even Hollywood epitomised AOL’s new email alert in the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail”.

Then started the outages. The first one was in 1996, then another in 1998 and later in 1999. Users started moving to other email providers like Yahoo and Hotmail and today we see AOL as pretty much a media company, more than an internet services company.

MSN Messenger

MSN_Messenger_logo_smallMSN Messenger along with Yahoo Instant Messenger were the big boys of instant messaging after AOL saw downward growth. Hotmail was part of Microsoft and it obviously meant millions of email users could not chat on MSN Messenger.

In July 2001, MSN Messenger had an outage which almost lasted for a week. It was also saw an outage in 2003 and 2005.

MSN Messenger was never the force it was once before, and that is quite obvious that Microsoft chose to buy Skype for billions instead of ramping up Live Messenger.

Yahoo Mail Downtime

Yahoo_Mail_logo_smallYahoo has often been on a downward spiral for years. It did have an outage in April, 2011. This outage actually was not very crippling but it did impact over a million accounts. Today there are rumours the Yahoo is up for sale. Also it is pretty clear the Yahoo is not going to be a major internet company in the future.

Future of BlackBerry

This proves there is a link between service outage and success of a company. Most services have minor outages like, which could last a few minutes to a few hours. But when outages go on for days it shows that there is something drastically wrong with the company.

But all is not lost for RIM, as there are other services like Skype which had a major outage last year but still managed to keep most of its customers despite an outage that lasted several hours and days in some cases. Another case was when Gmail had an outage and even deleted some data of users but it manages to still remain competitive.

RIM is doing the right thing by offering some premium apps free, but it will need to improve not only its service but also roll out awesome handsets which are not getting overshadowed by iPhone and the Android based smartphones.

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BlackBerry Service status; regionwise worldwide update

BBM DownRIM just made an official information about BlackBerry services. According to them the services are up for most of the regions except few carriers and inter-continent messages are still down. But this official information seems fake and services for me (specially BBM) are still down. Let’s have a look at what they have said.

BlackBerry Service update:

Europe, Middle East, India and Africa:

E-Mail services are back and users are getting E-Mails without any delay. However I’m still experiencing some delays and getting some E-Mails from my inbox not all of them. Officially BBM is up but I still can’t send BBM to others even in the same country so the service is officially up and technically down. Internet Browsing is temporarily not available.

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Canada and Latin America:

E-Mails, BBMs and Browsing are working fine but BBM and Browsing is currently unavailable for some carriers.

U.S:

E-Mails, BBMs and Browsing all are working fine. They are continuously working to remove any backlogged messages.

Service for some regions is working fine now but users are still facing some difficulties and users still can’t send messages from one region to another. But this official info definitely made some relief to frustated and BBM addicted BlackBerry users. Stay connected for more updates.

Also don’t forget to give us BBM service updates in your region. Drop a comment below with your BB Pin. 😉

(via RIM)

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BlackBerry services and BBM still down; are you affected?

The only thing that makes BlackBerry devices popular and important is BlackBerry Services like E-Mails and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). But unfortunately these services are down since last three days due to a ‘Core Switch Failure’.


According to an official information by Research In Motion (RIM):

The messaging delays were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure. Although the system is designed to failover to a back-up switch, the failover did not function as previously tested. As a result, a large backlog of messaging data was generated. We continue to work toward restoring normal service as quickly as possible.

Now it’s been three days and the problem is still there. Also the problem doesn’t seems to be for few of us but many BlackBerry users from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina are facing the same issue of BBM and E-Mail. Due to this problem the BBM stopped working completely and there’s a major delay in E-Mails as well. Even I am receiving E-Mails in bulk after a gap of 5-6 hours. BlackBerry officials are working on this problem and the services will be back soon but there’s no deadline for that.

Please NOTE that there’s no official broadcast message asking users to send it to all their contacts to get BBM services back. It’s just a randomly circulated message and you don’t need to re-broadcast it.

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BlackBerry Outage Downs BBM and Email!

BlackBerry_logoRIM’s BlackBerry network which allows users access to internet, messenger and email has faced an outage for the past few hours.

This has affected users across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Potentially this will impact millions of users. It is the last thing RIM needed while facing the heat from the rise of Apple’s iPhone and Android based smart-phone.

BlackBerry’s woes…

BlackBerry has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few months and years. It has faced criticism over its secure network with many governments across the world, asking RIM to enable access to their network.

Also its tablet offering called BlackBerry PlayBook has hardly met any success like its competitors, mainly iPad and Android based tablets from Samsung.

Hopefully the network outage will be resolved soon, allowing users to be connected. I won’t be surprised that once the network is up, quite a few of them might search for information about a iPhone. 😉

Are you a BlackBerry user and are you facing issues? Do drop in your comments.

Source: BlackBerry on Twitter

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BlackBerry Curve 9360 review, price and specifications

After launching new phones in bold and torch series Blackberry updated its Curve series by adding a new phone to it. RIM just launched BlackBerry Curve 9360 in India which is a 3G phone with HSDPA. Unlike other phones in this series 9360 is a higher end phone with price comparable to its Bold 3. This device has an 800 Mhz processor with 512MB Ram, a 5 MP Camera with VGA video recording, GPS, bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This phone runs on BlackBerry 7.0 OS which is the latest one. Let’s have a detailed look at the specifications.


blackberry curve 9360

Specifications and Features:

  • CAMERA: 5MP with flash and VGA video recording, Face Detection, Geo-Tagging and Image stabilization. As usual no front camera is there.
  • MEMORY: 512MB of RAM and 512MB for application storage. A SD memory card slot expandable up to 32GB.
  • SCREEN: 2.44″ and 480×360 pixels LCD screen with 246ppi.
  • BATTERY: Lithium ion. Talktime up to 5 hours and standby time up to 14 days for a GSM network. 25 hours of Music and 6 hours of Video playback.
  • CONNECTIVITY:
    • 3G network with 7.2Mbps HSDPA
    • Quad-Band: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks
    • Tri-Band UMTS networks: (800 / 850) / 1900 / 2100 MHz or 900 / 1700 / 2100 MHz UMTS
    • Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n enabled.
  • Operating System: 7.0 Blackberry OS
  • GPS: Integrated GPS with A-GPS
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Price and Verdict:

Blackberry launched curve 9360 at a price of 19,990 INR. The BlackBerry curve seems to be a good and a value for money phone. The features are good and everything is there except the front camera for video calling which is not available in any phone by BlackBerry in India. If you are planning to buy a BlackBerry you should definitely check this out.

What do you think about this phone? Don’t forget to tell us your reviews, drop a comment below.

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How to change your BlackBerry phone time manually

Are you using a BlackBerry and getting a time error while Re-Booting your phone or cannot change your time after changing your location? Then this post is for you which will tell you how you can change your BlackBerry phone time manually without using any standard time zone.

The ‘Network Time’ or the ‘Time Zone’ is mostly same and correct time according to your location. But sometime what happens is that network cannot update it’s time due to unavailability of network or connection at that particular location. In that case you can manually set your BlackBerry phone’s time. Just follow the steps below:

Changing time manually:

  1. Turn on your phone and go to Menu by pressing the BlackBerry key.
  2. Now from your menu go to ‘Options’ and select Date/Time from the list.
  3. On your Date/Time page find the option ‘Use Network Time’ and select ‘No’ for that. When you select ‘No’ you will see a time and date appearing just below the option ‘Use Network Time’. Click on the time to manually adjust your clock. Once you’re done click the back button and select save.

That’s it; the time you changed in Step 3 will now appear on your phone’s home screen irrespective of the time in that zone or country. Anytime you want to switch back to your local time zone just select ‘ Use Network Time’ as ‘Yes’. This post is specially for those people who think that it’s not possible to change time yourself on your BlackBerry phone. 😉

{The BlackBerry, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.}

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Facebook For BlackBerry v2.0 Images Leaked!

Do you own a Blackberry and wish to have Facebook chat integration? Well, the thing is that there is news that we are getting Facebook for BlackBerry v2.0 application.

Facebook 2.0 is said to have an official target release date of May 2011, with an even earlier Beta 2 release projected for March 2011. N4BB has some screen shots of this thing. Facebook for BlackBerry v2.0 will include Facebook Chat integration, which was always awaited.

Have a look at the image above. Well, lets see if this happens actually. Share your views with me here.

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[Rumor] Microsoft wants to buy Nokia OR RIM

Are you shocked? OK, before you skip a heart-beat, it is better to clarify that this is NOT a confirmed news. It is just a rumor that is slowly building up and doing rounds in the international news.

Microsoft’s Dilema

Since 10 years Microsoft has been developing and  innovating “WindowsMobile” as its predominant mobile operating system for smartphones and other mobiles but it has not gained enough popularity and market to live upto its reputation and brand name.

As of 2010, it commanded only 5% in the worldwide market share (against 18% of Blackberry OS and 43.5% of Nokia-Symbian OS). Hence the fact remains that it has not been able to catch-up in the race of mobile operating system platform.

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With Microsoft’s latest OS “Windows Phone 7” launched just few weeks back, it has finally been able to impress many critics around the globe or at least that’s what Microsoft believes. If there is something that is missing for them in their goal to dominate the mobile market then it would be the “hardware” issue.

Microsoft might have to think about getting into the hardware foray (that is to manufacture/develop their own line of phones) to stay in the game and control the entire user experience because Blackberry develops its own phones, so does Nokia-Symbian and so does Apple.

Who could Microsoft buy out!

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The best possible option that Microsoft has got : is to go for buy-out because starting from scratch would not only be tedious job but also would consume lot of their resources. Talking of buy-out there are two possible contenders :

  1. Nokia-Symbian
  2. Blackberry-RIM

I may have raised quite a few eyebrows by citing these two giants name because I know what you are thinking : whether Microsoft can afford to buy any of two companies ? No one can substantiate this answer but it is worth noting that as of quarter ending December 2010, Microsoft had a cash surplus and cash equivalent of $39.98 Billion, whereas RIM-Blackberry’s Market Cap was $32 Billion and Nokia’s Market Cap was around $42 Billion.

Advantages for Nokia and RIM

Though any open offer made by Microsoft to any of these companies would have to be at a considerable high premium but one cannot rule out the whole bold incident of “attempted Yahoo buy-out” by Microsoft @ $47.5 Billion.

Techcrunch’s article few days back states that Nokia on the other hand was considering moving its office from Finland to Silicon Valley, US. Does that add to our speculation?

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As far as RIM is concerned even though  its popularity it is way behind the well-liked apple and android backed phones but together, RIM and Microsoft may stand a chance.

To end I would say that Windows Phone 7 has been receiving good response but by the time it reaches pinnacle, Apple and Google might come up with something new, fancy and innovative as always.

Hence in nut-shell Microsoft is few years behind them and buying-out is the only option to propel its way to the top. Let us wait and watch whether this rumor becomes reality or Microsoft has something new in its kitty !

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Download WordPress for BlackBerry 1.4.4 Mobile

BlackBerry-WordPressFor BlackBerry user the WordPress for BlackBerry version 1.4.4 you can download from BlackBerry App World.

WordPress has added following features for BlackBerry version1.4.4:

  • Rotate uploaded photos.
  • Better integration with BlackBerry Torch 9800.

Some bug fixes in the previous version, including the media uploading issue on the 9800 Torch device:

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  • Fixed the media uploading issue on the 9800. It requires AtomPub to be enabled on your blog.
  • Fixed an issue that would sometimes occur with long post titles.
  • Fixed issues with orphan categories.
  • Fixed issues with the blog shortcut icon which would appear too big sometimes.
  • Minor bug fixing.

The all new WordPress for BlackBerry application allows you to write posts, upload photos and videos, edit pages, and manage comments. Both WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress (2.9.2 or higher i.e. version 3.1.0) sites are supported. Download the application and start enjoy blogging.

Link :  BlackBerry App World

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Blackberry’s solution for India

Research in Motion’s Blackberry has found a solution for its Indian users. It will have a corporate forum which will allow the Indian government to get access to data which might be sensitive from a security point of view.

Previously the government had given a deadline until the 31st of August 2010 for RIM to conform with certain demands. The sore point has been the messaging service which is encrypted and has a lot of users using it for privacy.

What are Indian demands?

The government has wanted some clarifications from Blackberry since 2008. It seems it has set a deadline and looks a lot more serious on following through and if needed even banning Blackberry’s messaging service.

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  • Indian government wants a Blackberry’s server to be located in India. This is so that their solutions can be tested within the country.
  • The government wants to be able to track or access encrypted data sent over the RIM messaging network for security purposes.

Blackberry’s Solution

Blackberry has offered a solution that it will lead an industry forum to allow lawful access. This access will be given only on issues on security. This offer has got Blackberry a reprieve of 60 days.

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What saved blackberry?

  • The Common Wealth Games 2010 start in Delhi, India on the 3rd of October. This will obviously attract a lot of tourists from around the world. International criticism of banning RIM’s messaging service is what the Government might be trying to avoid.
  • Considering there are over 1.2 million Blackberry users in India, the government might think twice before actually following through with a ban.

What could this mean to other companies?

  • It is not clear what the plans are for the government for the future. But if RIM complies to demands for data access than Google and Skype might be the next companies which would need to give assurances to India’s telecom regulators.
  • There is speculation that this might lead to people to move over to getting an iPhone or the latest from Nokia. But that seems unlikely as the service affected will only the messaging service.
  • Also applications like Nimbuzz which already offers alternatives which comply with the regulations.

What do you think about the entire issues? Is RIM right to protect the privacy of its users or should it comply with regulators? Do drop in your comments.

Link: Bloomberg