BlackBerry CEO Jokes that iPhone Users are "Wall Huggers"
March 10, 2014 12:20 PM
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BlackBerry CEO pokes fun at the iPhone's battery life
BlackBerry's CEO recently called iPhone users "wall huggers" in a jab at the device's battery life.
, BlackBerry CEO John Chen called the iPhone out for what he sees as subpar battery life when asked about Apple's popularity at the Oasis Montgomery conference in Santa Monica, California last week.
“I call you guys wall huggers,” said Chen, who was referring to iPhone users that constantly search for wall outlets because their phones' batteries die before the end of the day.
But the comment seemed to be in good fun, as Chen also joked that he left Silver Lake to become BlackBerry's CEO so that he could wake up and worry every day.
“And I have fulfilled my dream,” said Chen.
Chen was also recently quoted saying that he'd
sell BlackBerry Messenger for $19 billion
, referring to Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp for the same price.
The outspoken CEO also went after T-Mobile when the wireless carrier offered a promotion that gave BlackBerry users $200 to trade in their device for a new phone of their choice. The promotion, which ended March 5, resulted in
94 percent of users trading in old BlackBerry phones
for devices made by rivals, such as the iPhone.
Chen called the promotion "inappropriate and ill-conceived."
But T-Mobile CEO John Legere was quick to take a jab at BlackBerry, suggesting that the Canadian company is outdated (and apparently, so is its devices).
"Was going to engage John Chen on Twitter, but turns out he's not here. I'll check MySpace. Don't worry @BlackBerry Something in the works!" wrote Legere on Twitter.
Last year, BlackBerry had a full year
net loss of $5.4 billion USD
on revenue of $8.6 billion USD. It's latest operating system and line of devices -- BlackBerry 10 (BB10) -- had
Overall, BlackBerry devices represented less than 1 percent of global smartphone shipped in the final quarter of last year.
But Chen remains positive and is looking to turn his company around. Chen -- BlackBerry's third CEO in just two years -- said he will
focus on the enterprise
once again, which is what BlackBerry has traditionally done best. He has also put Foxconn in charge of hardware manufacturing, which lessens the company's load.
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3/10/2014 4:43:33 PM
Right, because there's a huge difference in radio/antenna performance between the various generic smartphones these days...
Other than occasional bad designs like the iPhone 4, I can't say I've seen a noteworthy difference in anything lacking an external antenna. From a trio of Sony candybars to a LG flip phone to the first two generations of iPhone, an OG Evo, and now a GS4 all my phones have trouble in the same places and drop calls in the same places.
Only my ancient Nokia with a pull-out antenna practically the full length of the phone did any better, and I think the reason is obvious.
Blackberry held on to the external antenna longer than most, but unfortunately the manufacturers have seen fit to remove it across the board. We don't even get a port to attach a vehicle-mounted antenna or the like anymore.
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