BlackBerry Curve 9220 User Review with Evaluation of it’s good, bad or ugly qualities and specifications.

Blackberry Mobile phone 9220

Blackberry-9220

BlackBerry has launched Curve 9220 in April 2012 and It’s Global Launch began from India instead of USA. The best thing about this phone is its price that it is cheap and the worst thing is its plastic looks which are also cheap. After using it for three months, I would suggest that one should buy this phone only in certain circumstances which have been formulated at the end of this page. Continue reading

Blackberry is not a smart phone but an access device!

Blackberry has confirmed that it is not in the market as a smart phone at all. It is a phone (means a cellular device for voice communication only) which also provide access to BIS(means Blackberry Internet Services). It owes no duty except to provide voice communication and browsing the Internet by wi-fi. Read the following:

Too Many Blackberrys

Too Many Blackberrys (Photo credit: Ninja M.)

Dear Sir,
Thank you for contacting REDINGTON BLACKBERRY support.
Kindly contact your service provider for further help. As the blackberry works only with the BIS (Blackberry Internet Service). WiFi in blackberry is meant only for browsing purpose.
If you require further assistance, please feel free to contact us either by replying to this message or by calling at one of the number below.
Regards,
A.Feroz
Black Berry Support
Toll Free: 1800-425-3720 | Email Support: blackberrysupport@redington.co.in
Hours of operation: 10:00 AM – 06:30 PM, Monday to Saturday

The above communication is about Blackberry Curve 9220. Take careful note of text in italics. It does not even talk about Blackberry Enterprise Service as it will not serve any purpose to an individual. But this feature is there in this phone also, but RIM is non-committal on this service as well. . Therefore any person buying a Blackberry, be sure it promises only three things:

Photo courtesy Wikipedia

1.  Voice Communication
2. Access to Blackberry Internet Services.
3. Access to Internet through Browser on WiFi.

The legal problem is that while selling the phone they do not say so. Can you sell a device and do not disclose the hidden or postponed charges? What if you buy a car and every time you switch on radio or CD-Player it asks you to pay? Or what you buy a car but you may have to pay a monthly rental for its engine or exhaust pipe or some other important part of it which you can not remove from it? It would constitute cheating. Inducement to part with property (money) without any intention to deliver what was impliedly promised due to non-disclosure of essential terms. The correct approach would be to clearly mention on each box, the financial implications which would ensue after the sale is complete.

What they also do not disclose that their BIS piggy ride on local cellular service provider and naturally they both charge you together. Hence you end up paying about 4-5 times more than what you pay for normal Internet access through cellular phone. I was wondering why it is so. The reason is historical. In 1999, when Research In Motion, the Manufacturer of this phone, started, they were the only company providing data access on a mobile phone. In fact back then it was known as two-way pager. The world changed. Technology changed. Mobile phones changed. Cellular Service Providers Changed. Tariffs nose-dived. Borders shrunk. Research In Motion did not or could not change. Hence the same legacy pattern of tariff, which now look exorbitant. Problem is not that it charges so much but the real problem is it offers so less at these charges ie.: 1. Messaging, 2. email, 3. Device backup/sync. Since I am struck with it, I have to find some ways to deal with bye-passing this BIS. I shall post about my efforts about using the phone without help of RIM in future posts.

© Sandeep Bhalla

 

RIM's Berries turn sour

Sorbus berries close-up

Sorbus berries close-up (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research in Motion was the first successful company to provide data communication on the move. It’s unique business model ensured is stupendous success and windfall profits. But earning from an idea can never be forever. About three years back Google started to offer same data sync and Gtalk services for free with its Android and email sync on other devices and Microsoft followed the suit. RIM instead of finding new idea or model went on to sell blackberry to house wives and students (with free b2b chat). That served only as a temporary measure to postpone the doomsday. Sadly the new  CEO of the company could know the need for change only now. He admits:

I did my own reality check on where the entire company really is,” he said during a conference call with analysts. “It is now very clear to me that substantial change is what RIM needs.” ( See http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/03/30/rim-idINDEE82S0J020120330)

It is a pity that people who evolved such a brilliant concept should fail to find new ideas.

© Sandeep Bhalla

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RIM’s Berries turn sour

Sorbus berries close-up

Sorbus berries close-up (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Research in Motion was the first successful company to provide data communication on the move. It’s unique business model ensured is stupendous success and windfall profits. But earning from an idea can never be forever. About three years back Google started to offer same data sync and Gtalk services for free with its Android and email sync on other devices and Microsoft followed the suit. RIM instead of finding new idea or model went on to sell blackberry to house wives and students (with free b2b chat). That served only as a temporary measure to postpone the doomsday. Sadly the new  CEO of the company could know the need for change only now. He admits:

I did my own reality check on where the entire company really is,” he said during a conference call with analysts. “It is now very clear to me that substantial change is what RIM needs.” ( See http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/03/30/rim-idINDEE82S0J020120330)

It is a pity that people who evolved such a brilliant concept should fail to find new ideas.

© Sandeep Bhalla

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Where BlackBerry went wrong? Review and Suggestions.

Selecting right smartphone

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