BlackBerry CEO John Chen: "If someone comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell BBM"

BlackBerry CEO John Chen:
The CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen, admitted in an interview that he would sell the popular BBM messenger if someone came to him with $19 billion. When asked about Viber's evaluation, Mr. Chen stated he is aware that messenger services are quite valuable, however, he stressed that BlackBerry will focus on the further development of BBM instead of its instant monetization. Evaluation comes later, the CEO claimed.

He also stated that BlackBerry's current strategy is to reach back to customers and "generate cash". The Canadian manufacturer will continue to invest in the server, microkernel, and, of course, the smartphone sphere.

You can check out the interview with John Chen below.

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20 Comments

1. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Someone is fishing.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

More like wishful thinking. BBM was on the table (along with everything else in BBland) when they were trying to sell the company. No takers then; what makes Chen think there would be someone willing to offer $19B now? Perhaps Chen should focus on getting the BBM user count close to WhatsApp's level.

2. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Unfortunate for Chen, no one thinks BBM is worth that much. WhatsApp and Viber is where it is at.

7. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

sent from BBM

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

@anyone How is the Blackberry OS (compared to Windows Phone in specific)?

5. AndrewRockie

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

I own the Z10 and I gotta say after the BB OS 10.2.1 update couple of weeks ago, my phone is a boss! Sideloading android apps is much much easier now considering a developer developed the "Snap" store app which grabs APK files from Google Play Store using your Google account. I owned the device since October 2013, previously an Xperia acro S user. I really love the BlackBerry Hub! All things in one place (emails, texts, etc.) I get notified as soon anything new pops up! Thumbs up for BB, I'm just a student btw. Very satisfied with the device so far. To Windows Phone, got no words for it, BB OS 10 is so better. It's next to Android for me, below it is iOS (Android>BB OS 10>iOS)

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Great. How does it handle PDFs and .epub format books? Does it have Skype, WhatsApp or Viber?

12. AndrewRockie

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

BlackBerry World has Adobe Reader full native, so reading PDFs won't be a problem. Skype, yes its also available on BB World but its an android port, not native. Still, it works, tried using it with my friend a lot, to discuss things about school stuff :V Whatsapp, Yes, it is also available in BB World, native coded. Honestly I don't have Whatsapp, so I couldn't say anything about it. After being sold out to Facebook, it got negative reviews, lol! Viber, its not in BB World but you can always sideload it. I actually have it and use it to voice chat with my friend who has Galaxy Nexus. Works pretty well, no bugs and issues I found so far with the Android Runtime on BB OS 10. But of course, some still don't work, like heavy games. Some Android games I have on my Z10 are Zombie Tsunami, Temple Run 2 (my highscore is 27M woo), Flappy Bird, Zombie Highway, Dead Trigger 2 (yes, this works!), Subway Surf, and Fruit Ninja. Here are some full scale screenshots for ya fresh from my Z10: https: //dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/21538802/BBOSAndroid​Runtime.jpg (remove the space between https: and //) Sorry newb here, cannot post links yet.

15. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

WP8 has Adobe Reader too, but its slow and useless. What about epubs? The link doesn't work (404 in dropbox).

16. AndrewRockie

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

Sorry, try this http ://feb.imghost.us/IM9i.jpg (remove space between http and :) About epub, hmm I actually don't have any idea, don't have the time to try things out. But sideloading an android app that reads such will probably do the job. Or maybe there's a native app reader available in BB World. Dunno...

20. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Thanks.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Sounds like BlackBerry needs to align itself more with Android to survive..but, maybe it can create an Android OS phone and a Windows one, too...

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

In my opinion, Blackberry OS is a good platform and it's user interface is just beautiful because all you use is just a simple swipe gesture to go back to the homescreen or access the BB Hub , Windows Phone isn't bad at all but the live tiles are kinda messy especially on a huge screen like the Nokia Lumia 1520, but it makes you feel like you're using a mini Windows PC. So, they both have their own beauty, but Blackberry OS still lacks a lot of apps on their App World which is a big let down whereas Windows Phone has a lot of apps now.

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I am using WP8 right now, and i find many parts of it extremely annoying. Which is why i'm contemplating on getting Blackberry, since they seem to be able to design saner OS.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

If you want to switch to Blackberry, you will need to prepare for the lack of apps on the BB App World. I want to give Blackberry a try but the lack of apps is just disappointing.

22. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

The old king of cellphones is now and up and comer. Chen has shown he's aggressive toward what the consumer wants and has the financial stability to get it done. If you have more questions or want more info on BB, go to Crackberry. That's where all BB users get their tech info. As for OS 10, it's one of the best available. They just tested it and it smoked the competition. I'd say most usable Android apps are stable. Can't sign into Google accts to save game info, but hopefully that'll be addressed in the next update. And we get updates constantly. However, the latest update was a big one. So, they may be slowing down updates a bit to allow everyone to acclimate. Also, I feel in more control of my phone with the ability update when a new update is released vs waiting for the powers that be (Apple or Google) to release it to the masses.

11. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

I've had both BB10 and WP phones. Both are pretty good and I prefer both of them over the schizophrenic Android OS. If pressed I guess I would take BB10 now that porting apps from Android is getting easier to accomplish.

4. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Wink wink Google

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

HEY FACEBOOK CEO!!! Are you reading this??? lmao

21. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

Buy BBM for $19 billion, get BB for free.

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