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BlackBerry wants to set the records straight when it comes to its fortunes in the mobile marketplace

BlackBerry may be down, but the company definitely doesn’t want you to count it out. With smartphone market share that is below one percent, and inching even closer to zero percent, the company has failed to put up a competent fight against industry heavyweights like Apple and Samsung (or even challengers like Microsoft/Nokia with Windows Phone).
 
BlackBerry recently gave everyone a sneak peak at its next generation smartphones — the “Classic” and the quirky, square-screen “Passport” — but neither phone is likely to significantly alter the company’s fortunes.
 
With this in mind BlackBerry, which calls itself “a leader in mobile,” is looking to at least clarify its narrative that has been portrayed in the media and by its competitors. The company is launching the BlackBerry Fact Check Portal that aims to counter the “sensationalized reports surrounding our viability and misperceptions about our product portfolio.”
 
BlackBerry is even seeking out its legion of fans to help it counter what it sees as “smoke and mirrors” tactics by its competitors. The company wants people to report “fiction” spewed by its competitors to the BlackBerry Fact Check Portal so that it can counter with “facts.”
 
Interestingly, despite BlackBerry’s claim that it’s being attacked from all sides, and its insistence on setting the records straights with regards to its viability in the market place, the company’s brand new portal isn’t even functional (yet).

Source: BlackBerry





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Heh!
By villageidiotintern on 6/27/2014 10:56:39 AM , Rating: 4
BlackBerry enlisted The Onion to develop this art installation.




RE: Heh!
By BRB29 on 6/27/2014 12:42:41 PM , Rating: 2
#BBFactCheck

Is it just me or clicking on the Fact Check Portal sends me back to the same article lol.


RE: Heh!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/27/2014 12:12:03 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah, that's why I mentioned that the site is not even functional yet. You'd think if everyone was ripping them a new one that they'd have a running list of stuff to refute when they launch.


RE: Heh!
By inighthawki on 6/27/2014 1:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
It's quite confusing, but it's not because it isn't functional, it's because they don't have any facts up yet. The link in the article links to what is essentially a blog, but the blog only has one post, which is the article introducing the concept.


RE: Heh!
By BRB29 on 6/27/2014 1:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
So they launched something to prove they're competitive, but the portal they launched is not functional. WTH?


RE: Heh!
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/27/2014 2:02:50 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like it's actually working now. Here's the first entry:

http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/06/did-you-know/


RE: Heh!
By arazok on 6/27/2014 2:28:10 PM , Rating: 2
They haven't posted my fact. "Which EMM provider has lost more market share in the past 4 years then any other provider?"

You don't think they're screening these, do you?


RE: Heh!
By Manch on 6/30/2014 10:43:12 AM , Rating: 2
Is Pirks in charge of building it?


I agree
By Reclaimer77 on 6/27/2014 12:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yup they're doing just fine lol

http://t.qkme.me/35lkmj.jpg




RE: I agree
By retrospooty on 6/27/2014 12:50:23 PM , Rating: 3
Launching a portal to try and convince the world you are doing fine is not something that healthy companies do. The very thought of ut is a laugher


RE: I agree
By atechfan on 6/27/2014 5:05:42 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering if someone had already posted that dude. Watching him during the first Gulf War was one of our favorite drinking games.


What?
By Flunk on 6/27/2014 11:43:40 AM , Rating: 1
They're not out of business yet? Quelle suprise. I thought the reason for their falling market share was that they'd gone out of business. How else do you explain that? What company is that incompetent?

P.S. Blackberry if you're looking for a new CEO I'll take the job for $120,000 a year and that will at least guarantee you'll save on what you're paying your CEO! I'd also slash your hardware budgets and rebrand a Chinese manufacturer's (one of the better ones) handsets with a skinned version of Android with added BB apps. It might not work, but it's better than just slowly dying.




RE: What?
By Makaveli on 6/27/14, Rating: 0
RE: What?
By Murloc on 6/27/2014 1:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
you have no sense of humour. Read the whole comment, the sentence you quoted was him looking ignorant on purpose, to make it clear how absurd BB's decline is. This creates the comical effect. I'm sure there's a specific name for this kind of humour.


RE: What?
By retrospooty on 6/27/2014 5:33:03 PM , Rating: 1
"I'm sure there's a specific name for this kind of humour."

Dry humor. A mix of sarcasm, and/or apathy said as if it was serious... And it was good.


RE: What?
By Makaveli on 6/30/2014 9:39:39 AM , Rating: 2
lol ya I wasn't in a joking mood that morning late night :P


By HomerTNachoCheese on 6/27/2014 1:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
From http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/06/fact-check-por... :
quote:
Today we are launching the BlackBerry Fact Check Portal, a place for us to hold our competitors accountable for what they say, when what they say is wrong.


In other words, we are not going to post any truths spoken or written by our competitors. If all we post are "lies," then all of our competitors must do nothing but lie.




By HomerTNachoCheese on 6/27/2014 1:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
This is probably why nothing has been posted yet.


By ProfFarnsworth on 6/27/2014 6:09:39 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds more like, "Everything we say is right."

http://emotibot.net/?i=5001


What happened to Perks
By Milliamp on 6/29/2014 10:51:12 PM , Rating: 3
Remember the guy that used to defend BB here all the time saying they would make a comeback? Did he died? I never see him around any more.




They need to hire Baghdad Bob
By callmeizzy on 6/27/2014 12:10:13 PM , Rating: 2
Baghdad Bob, or maybe Jay Carney would be the perfect spokesperson.




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