Goodbye BlackBerry

Post by Mark

I’ve been using BlackBerry in Kuwait ever since Zain introduced it back in 2007 (they were still called MTC Vodafone). My first BlackBerry was the 8700 and although it looked horrible it had a battery that used to last forever.

I was originally just using the BB for work emails but then once BlackBerry’s picked up in Kuwait I started using it for chatting as well. Everyone I knew seemed to have a BB so it was a pretty practical way of communicating. A few years have gone by though and things are not longer the same. Hardly anyone I know chats on BlackBerry anymore and the only reason I was keeping it around was because of our Diwaniya Group. But since we’ve moved the group to WhatsApp there is no longer a reason to keep my BlackBerry. The only person still holding out is Marzouq but he’s caving in as well.

I just canceled my BlackBerry service and I don’t think I’m going to miss it. I just hope BlackBerry released BlackBerry Messenger for the iPhone and Android devices since WhatsApp is really crap compared to it.

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  1. Rommel says:

    Hey Mark,

    Is this Dewaniya Group an open group or closed group? And what is it about? Even if its half as interesting as the blog/forum I will join (If it is in English ofcourse).


  2. Kuwaitiful says:

    There has been rumours that BBM is coming to Android and iPhone but the new BB CEO crushed the rumours saying that’s not going to happen.

    • Papasam says:

      i think this is old news, more recently it seems Windows 8 will support BBM. Interesting to see how this will develop.

      • Mark says:

        I wouldn’t mind getting a Windows phone just for BBM. That might be a smart move actually from Microsoft if they get BBM exclusivity.

        • Isis says:

          Well, technically, it wouldn’t be smart if Microsoft tried to get BBM in their phones. Since RIM won’t allow BBM to go to any other platform, Windows will have to buy RIM. Also, RIM is 1/5 the price of Windows, so it would cost quite a lot of money. And the amount if people with a windows phone is 3.5%,And blackberry’s is marked at 4.8% so should they acquire RIM they would need $9.6 billion just to add the people with windows phone to reach 8.3% for of the smartphone market share. While RIM continues to lose in value, they would certainly try to keep their values up, so should they be forced to make BBM available In other platforms, thy would definitely make it available to Apple or Andriod So that they can maximise their income.

    • aaa says:

      Yeah there were actual screenshots of people using BBM on iOS… it’s a matter of time until they’re forced to do this, they lose more money every month

  3. Javier says:

    Imho, the matter is that BB is far away to achieve the quality in their devices and the user experience of other brands like Samsung and Apple. I just wait to ear the great news from BB: We are closed and we want to apologize to all forced people that had to use our rubbish because the companies they work in. Sorry and we promise not to come back.


  4. Najeeb says:

    Mark: good move, although it’s little bit late since you were carrying two handsets just for the sake of having the BBM with you.

    Anyway, I believe that Blackbery will be out of business soon and they will be no devices called blackberry. The BBM era is gone and they missed the smart phone train.

    What do you think?

  5. Dan says:

    Your post sounds just like the one I read the other day, from another blog hmmmm…..

  6. Marzouq says:

    Damn u bastards and SFZ! I’m still not installing WhatsAPP on my phone!

  7. mohammed says:

    of topic,i was wondering whether you guys think samsung beats iphone or not? i am not sure whether i should take the step of dumping my iphone for galaxys3 or not..

    • Lucky says:

      Fact is, Samsung sells more phones & products than Apple. Samsung controls more of the market. Apple has better apps. Choice is up to you.

  8. Chicco says:

    My only reason for keeping a Blackberry is unlimited data when roaming which is not available on an iPhone package here in Dubai…does a Kuwait operator have such to offer?

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