Rogers now taking preorders for the BlackBerry Classic

Rogers now taking preorders for the BlackBerry Classic

Rogers has wasted no time in letting folks know they'll be carrying the BlackBerry Classic. If you visit the Rogers website right now and look at the BlackBerry offerings, you'll see an ad letting everyone know the device is now available through the Rogers reservation system.

At this time, it doesn't indicate how much Rogers will be selling the BlackBerry Classic for but it's likely to be somewhere on par with BlackBerry's own offering of $499 CAD outright, hopefully. As for on contract pricing, well we'll have to wait and see how that turns out. Either way, if you're a Rogers customer you don't have to wonder if they'll be offering it.

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BlackBerry is on the cusp of returning as a growth company

Yesterday could turn out to be one of the most pivotal days in the transformation of BlackBerry. I don't say this lightly either. I've been very concerned, yet hopeful about the future of the business since before the launch of BlackBerry 10. Despite the huge earnings and stock price volatility I still remain both concerned and hopeful. And I'm still a shareholder. I've never sold any of the shares that I own.

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BlackBerry partners with ISEC7 to distribute BES12

BlackBerry is teaming up once again with German group ISEC7 for the release of BES12. ISEC7 will provide customer support for customers switching over to BES12, as well as several other support. The company will provide full hosting of BES12 for their customers.

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Save 72% today on this OEM leather pocket pouch for BlackBerry Q10!

Hand crafted and finished in genuine leather with a soft inner lining, the BlackBerry Leather Pocket protects against bumps and scratches. It also recognizes settings and preferences, with power saving technology that works to help extend battery life of your BlackBerry device. Yours today for only $9.95!

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TV On The Go-Passport-Hero

Being able to stream TV shows to your smartphone is nothing new. However, I recently received a tweet from the developers of TV On The Go, which is available to download for free from BlackBerry World and it's a beauty.

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A hands-on look at Timed Messages, Message Retraction and more in the latest version of BBM

By now, you should have updated to the latest version of BBM, which rolled out October 31st, 2014. There were a whole load of new features in the update. Message retraction, timed messages, a better way to request High Quality photos and more. We'll take a closer look at all the features.

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Telegram wants to give away $50,000 to a BlackBerry dev to bring their app to BlackBerry 10

Are you a BlackBerry developer who could use $50,000? If so, the folks from Telegram are looking for you. As noted on their Twitter account and company blog, they are looking for a BlackBerry developer or developers to bring their cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed to the BlackBerry 10 platform.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

A little something for 'old school' video game and cartoon lovers. Sonic blasted onto the scene in 1991 as a mascot for SEGA (Nintendo had Mario) and since then, he's starred in games, five different cartoon series and a TON of spin-offs. Now, you can bring Sonic to your BBM thanks to a brand new sticker pack having now arrived in the BBM Shop. The pack will set you back $1.99, but you get Sonic, and that alone is worth the cost of entry. Also along for the ride, you'll find Tails and none other than Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik.

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John Chen: This is a platform that is going to last us for a very, very long time

In between taking the stage at the BlackBerry for Enterprise event and the BlackBerry investor day call, BlackBerry CEO John Chen found time to talk to CNBC about all the announcements from the event. As expected, there was a few choice quotes offered up in the interview surrounding what's in the pipeline for BlackBerry, how BlackBerry will compete and what they need to do in order to turn profit for shareholders.

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U.S. government accused of spying on citizens with fake towers to collect phone data

A new report suggests that a U.S. Marshals Service spy program operating under the Justice Department is collecting thousands of cellphone identification numbers from Americans by employing fake communication towers. The program has been operational since 2007 and the towers are mounted on Cessna airplanes operating out of at least five metropolitan-area airports. These fake towers would trick cell phones on the ground into sending their identification numbers, which are then collected by the government for use in criminal cases.

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Miss the BlackBerry for Enterprise event? You can now watch the replay

Were you too busy to tune into the BlackBerry for Enterprise event and don't feel like reading through it all? If so, you can now settle in and watch the full replay of all the announcements that happened in San Francisco. Just head on over to the BlackBerry live stream site, though keep in mind that you'll need to set aside nearly two hours if you're wishing to catch it all.

Watch the replay of the BlackBerry for Enterprise event

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BlackBerry announces new partnerships and broad Enterprise portfolio

The announcements from BlackBerry came fast today at their BlackBerry for Enterprise event and they covered a lot of bases, making a complete Enterprise portfolio. New partnerships, new services, new software and more got announced.

"Our Enterprise Portfolio, with BES12 at its foundation, does so much more than just manage cross-platform devices. Amongst many other capabilities, the portfolio provides easy and safe access to corporate data, manages an array of employee IDs, and offers new ways to securely and conveniently collaborate with colleagues," said John Sims, President of Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry.

"Today's announcements demonstrate that BlackBerry is delivering on our promise to design and develop enterprise solutions that drive secure communications and collaboration for our customers. Everything we and our broad-based ecosystem of partners, including systems integrators, mobile operators and distributors, do is to deliver greater productivity and efficiency to our customers."

If you're looking for a wrap up of everything that was announced, the press release below covers it all. You can jump down, give it a read through and hit the embedded links for more details on each announcement.

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Leave a comment below and you could win an IOU for a FREE BlackBerry Classic!

Though it's not launching for a little over a month -- December 17th to be precise -- we know you some of you are very anxious to get your hands on the new BlackBerry Classic. We are equally as excited to get our hands on this device and can't wait for them to start shipping. So, let's pass the time with a contest for a FREE BlackBerry Classic! Keep reading to see how you can enter to win!

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BlackBerry Classic now available for pre-order

BlackBerry Classic now available for pre-order

The BlackBerry Classic, complete with the familiar button belt and trackpad, is available right now for pre-order from ShopBlackBerry for $449. It's worth noting that you won't be able to use this one on Sprint, Verizon, or U.S. Cellular. The launch event proper is December 17, so that should give you an idea of a shipping timeframe.

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Red BlackBerry Passport to be available on Black Friday in limited quantities

Although we caught a look at the device earlier through Amazon listings and then a fresh image, BlackBerry CEO John Chen has now made the red BlackBerry Passport official. Announced at the BlackBerry for Enterprise event, the red version of the BlackBerry Passport initially expected to arrive on Christmas, will now be available in limited quantities in time for Black Friday. Will you be trying to grab one in the Black Friday madness?

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BlackBerry Classic launch set for December 17th in NYC, Frankfurt and Singapore

To close out the BlackBerry for Enterprise event today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen dropped the vital release details for the BlackBerry Classic that a lot of people have been waiting for. The BlackBerry Classic launch event has been set for December 17th in NYC, Frankfurt and Singapore. Pricing for the BlackBerry Classic has been set at $449 through ShopBlackBerry. Hopefully, it'll be like the BlackBerry Passport launch where the announcement was made and instantly available for purchase.

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BlackBerry partners with Salesforce for secure customer data management

BlackBerry has teamed up with Salesforce so joint customers can securely access customer data seamlessly through BES12. This is yet another solid announcement out of the BlackBerry Enterprise Summit, and should help them push into the public sector more aggressively.

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BlackBerry introduces WorkLife for enterprise users

BlackBerry Balance has been key for many users in the corporate world, allowing to have two distinct areas on one device — one personal and one business. Balance does a great job at keeping these two areas separate, but it's still not the perfect solution. Today BlackBerry introduced WorkLife — a new way for enterprise customers to use their devices.

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BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 now available

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 now available

Another gem out of the BlackBerry Enterprise Summit today is the global release of BES12. A long line of partners have already shown support for the well-known device management platform are already vouching for it, including Bombardier, American Crane, Home Hardware and Rocco Forte. Carriers worldwide are signing on to sell BES12, including Ingram Micro, Orange France SA, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone, DMI and others.

To push the importance of security in enterprise, BlackBerry went on to release survey data that shows only 35% of respondents are confident that their data is protected from a mobile threat. It's also worth noting that BlackBerry has partnered up with Samsung to deliver BES12 security to the Android side of things. Hit up BlackBerry's BES12 site for more info.

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BlackBerry and Samsung partner to provide end-to-end security for Android

At the BlackBerry Enterprise event today in San Francisco, BlackBerry together with Samsung has announced a ne partnership to bring end-to-end security to Android through BES12 and Samsung KNOX.

"We share the goal to provide enterprises with the most secure mobility solutions through this partnership with BlackBerry," said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business Group, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung KNOX is focused on delivering secure mobility solutions to enterprises and, combined with BES12, we will offer more options for customers that need enhanced levels of security on Android devices."

"BlackBerry has developed a very close partnership with Samsung and we're committed to deepening the interaction between our engineering and product development teams for the long-term," said John Sims, President of Global Enterprise Services, BlackBerry. "It is a natural progression in our path to providing our customers with more alternatives to meet their evolving mobile needs. Samsung KNOX offers a number of hardware and software security features and our partnership allows us to tightly integrate these capabilities with BES12."

The partnership does come as a bit of a surprise for both organizations but given both companies offerings interests in security offerings and enterprise, it really does make sense. We've got the full press release below.

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