Pfizer wants its 92,000 employees to switch from BlackBerry to the Apple iPhone or Android
Besides Pfizer, the U.S. Department of Defense has developed a plan that they will implement if BlackBerry goes the way of Coleco (Google it). Like the Defense Department, Pfizer is concerned with BlackBerry's "volatile state" according to the memo. The Canadian based OEM had hoped that the BlackBerry Z10, with its all touch interface, would staunch the bleeding as many corporations and government agencies moved away from the handset that was once a must-have business tool that every businessman worth his pinstripes owned. But instead, BlackBerry had to write off nearly $1 billion worth of the device that was attracting dust, sitting in the warehouse since launching earlier this year.
With it's largest stockholder unable to attract financing for a $9 a share buyout of BlackBerry, the company received $1 billion in financing instead and also replaced its CEO. These actions leave the company looking a little unstable. And that worries big corporations and government agencies that require dependable communications. To that end, BlackBerry's new CEO John Chen recently tried to calm its customers by saying that BlackBerry is here for the long-haul.
8. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1208; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
I'm not surprised that your not surprised.
10. bparkerson (unregistered)
I'm not surprised that your not surprised that he isn't surprised!
15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5802; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
So much for focusing on corporate sales. I wonder what is plan B for BB/RIM? Change their name back to RIM? Or?
16. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Yup, lets switch to Android in case Blackberry fails. Nevermind the fact that company data will end up being hacked and/or compromised. Very smart ;o)
2. trickster_qc (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)
that's a big nail in the coffin.
within 2 years, blackberry will be reduced to BBM en Entreprise service that they will adapt for Android and Iphone.
9. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
but you forget to mention that it should have been done over a year ago
3. dwillopp (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Jul 2010)
You don't need an Enterprise Service for Android & iPhone, these utilize ActiveSync.
4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2791; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
It's sad to see companies once so big slowly and steadily going down.
5. Augustine (Posts: 720; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
My brother's company has just replaced his and all of its hundreds of employees' Blackberrys with iPhones 5s.
6. Augustine (Posts: 720; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
He also said that many Blackberry apps are being shutdown, e.g. Bank of America's.
7. Sire3008 (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
I kinda feel sorry for Blackberry.. Must really be painful for their employees
11. bparkerson (unregistered)
Must adapt to change. Survival of the fittest!! BlackBerry had their day. even Apple has had their "better" day and eventually will be like Blackberry!
12. Pattycakes (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)
I'd agree with this, but there's iPhone fans and probably always will. The iPad is my favorite tablet out of them all( I've had galaxy note 10.1, Samsung galaxy tab 3, and iPad Air) My favorite by far was iPad. I think apple will be fine for the next 10 years at least with their tablets as their back-ups. Their phone sales are fine, not the best.
13. ihavenoname (Posts: 1402; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Apple also has computer, music player and tablet business and all are doing well, so Apple is safe. Their phones sell well, are good and best of all, have high satisfaction rates, unlike BB.
18. kennyblack_sd (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I still love my BlackBerry Q5, I will stop using a BlackBerry phone when only when the company stops manufacturing phones and there not in existence and am sure that will never ever happen! I hate phone arena, they never have any positive new about my brand!!!!!!!!!!!
19. kennyblack_sd (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I still love my BlackBerry Q5, I will stop using a BlackBerry phone only when the company stop manufacturing phones and they are not in existence and am sure that will never ever happen! I hate phone arena, they never have any positive news about my brand!!!!!!!!!!! I love you BlackBerry
20. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Unless Bloomberg publishes the memo we can only imply what was recommended:
“In response to declining sales, the company is in a volatile state,” New York-based Pfizer told employees in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News. “We recommend that BlackBerry clients use their BlackBerry devices and plan to migrate to a new device at normal contract expiration.”
As you can see their is no mention of apple or android.
22. Goldeneye (Posts: 353; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
The obvious alternative is IOs and Android, no need to give names come on now!
21. wk10k (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)
I just took a job at a new company that has a mix of blackberry phones and iphones for management. I requested a blackberry and was told that they aren't being distributed anymore. They gave me the 4s. Meh.