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NCG Banco continues supporting BlackBerry as a corporate solution

NCG Banco, one of three state-administered banks in Spain, is loudly and proudly demonstrating a firm commitment to BlackBerry. Fernando Quintela, mobile solutions manager at NCG Banco, told Computing that the bank will "continue supporting BlackBerry as a corporate solution", after replacing its entire mobile real estate of older BES Server and BlackBerry devices with BES 10 and its accompanying new handsets. This includes over 1,650 BlackBerry 10 devices across a bank network spanning 680 branches…

BlackBerry confirms its getting rid of CMO role

BlackBerry has confirmed it will not be directly replacing the role of outgoing CMO Frank Boulben, the latest in a long line of strategic moves, including the exits of two other high profile marketers within the business, which suggest the company is shifting focus away from consumers to its enterprise customers under its new management. New CEO John Chen announced the overhaul of BlackBerry’s management team on Monday, which will see Boulben, COO Kristian Tear and CFO Brian Bidluka leaving the company.…

Former BlackBerry Execs Walk Away With $6.8 Million

In a release Monday morning, BlackBerry said Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear, Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben, and Chief Financial Officer Brian Bidulka would be leaving the company. Chief Financial Officer Brian Bidulka – $3 million ($1.2 million for two years of his salary plus stock options and retirement savings) Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear – $1.3 million based on current stock price Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben – $2.3 million (Services Unknown) Mr.…

BlackBerry Z30 now available on Cell C, South Africa

The BlackBerry Z30 is now available on Cell C, South Africa’s third largest mobile network. Cell C customers will be able to purchase the Z30 for a monthly price ranging between ZAR399 (US$40) and ZAR899 (US$90) depending on what size package they want. “This smartphone is a great addition to the BlackBerry 10 portfolio, providing a superb new option for people who want a mobile device that excels at communications, messaging and productivity,” said Jose Dos Santos, Cell C’s chief…

Free O2 Wifi now in over 700 Argos stores

Argos has launched free high-speed O2 Wifi in all its 735 stores across the UK and Republic of Ireland, providing customers with complementary access to the internet from their own mobile device, regardless of their network provider. Argos serves more than 124 million customers in its stores every year who can now access extended online ranges and exclusive online deals and offers, as well as check their emails and stay connected with family and friends whilst in store. The move is another step in Argos’…

BBM Channels Comes out of Beta today for BlackBerry Users

BBM Channels, a forum for active, real conversations between people, brands and communities, will be made available for BlackBerry users on BlackBerry OS 5 and above and BlackBerry 10 through BlackBerry World. BlackBerry users can simply update to the newest version of BBM to have access to the BBM Channels beta when it becomes available later today. BBM Channels builds on BBM’s strengths of engagement and communications and gives BBM users a rich community-building tool that will allow them to connect with…

BBM will come pre-installed on some Android devices

BBMâ„¢ will soon come preinstalled on a variety of Androidâ„¢-based smartphones from leading OEMs across Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East. Beginning next month, Android smartphones from Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCOSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and Zen will include BBM preinstalled. In addition, BlackBerry® (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) confirmed that BBM will also continue to be available as a free download from Android app stores, including Google Play. "It is…

BlackBerry Felicitates India’s Young Achievers at STEM 2013

Mumbai, Nov 26, 2013: BlackBerry in association with Junior Achievement India, today announced the winners of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) 2013 Camp. The STEM Innovation Camps are jointly developed by Blackberry and Junior Achievement India, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness. As part of the camp, students in the age bracket of 15-18 years spent the day working on a business challenge in the field of mobility. Given the ubiquity of mobile…

BlackBerry holding Twitter Chat on December 10

On Tuesday, December 10th BlackBerry will be hosting #EMMRealities Twitter® chat from 6-7pm EST! @BlackBerry4Biz is teaming up with guests of honor Rob Enderle to discuss BYOD (Bring your own device) and where does it fit within your corporate policy. They will also be focusing on emerging trends and key issues in a BYOD corporate environment. If you’ve never participated in a Twitter® chat before, take a look at the “How To” guide below and a few suggestions for best…

BlackBerry announces management and board changes as Frank Boulben, Kristian Tear and Brian Bidulka leave

BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that as part of the on-going reorganization of BlackBerry, Kristian Tear, the Company's Chief Operating Officer, and Frank Boulben, the Company's Chief Marketing Officer, will leave the Company. BlackBerry also announced that James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as its Chief Financial Officer. Yersh, who has worked at BlackBerry since 2008, previously served as Senior Vice President, Controller and as the Company's head…

BlackBerry to focus on urban youth in India

BlackBerry India said it will service rural customers on a need-basis. For now, its mainstay will continue to be educated urban youth and enterprise segment. According to CyberMedia Research, domestic companies enjoy nearly 47 per cent market share in the Indian smartphone category. Samsung leads the pack with 33.9 per cent market share followed by Gurgaon-based Micromax at 19.7% and Bangalore-based Karbonn at 9.5%. “We are clear on our customer segment and would like to focus on building a retail experience to…

BlackBerry Reveals Scroon Acquisition in May

BlackBerry said today that it acquired software developer Scroon in May, its first publicly disclosed acquisition in more than a year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The French startup manages Facebook, Twitter and other social-media accounts for large clients like luxury-good maker LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, wireless operator Orange SA and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Scroon is part of a strategy to profit from the BlackBerry Messenger…

Vodafone 4G launches in Edinburgh and Newcastle

Vodafone 4G has launched in Edinburgh and Newcastle today. If you purchase or upgrade to a Vodafone Red 4G plan before the end of January 2014, you’ll get an extra 4GB 4G data each month for the life of your contract for free! Vodafone 4G is available on SIM only plans from £26 per month on a 12 month contract and with a handset from £47 per month. For those choosing a handset such as the BlackBerry Z30, a range of 24 month and 12 month 4G contracts is available.

Technologies (India) upgrades to BlackBerry 10

New Delhi, India – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced that Indian financial services company, Financial Technologies (India) Limited (FTIL), has upgraded their mobile fleet to BlackBerry® 10 smartphones and invested in BlackBerry’s leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10), to manage their mobile infrastructure and support a BYOD environment. The provider of technology IP to create and trade on next-generation financial…