Can the BlackBerry Classic make some noise in India?

The BlackBerry Classic has been unveiled in India, and BlackBerry is hoping that its old school handset brings them some market share in the country. Currently, Samsung is the leading smartphone brand in India with a quarter of the market. BlackBerry's share is too low to measure, according to research firm Counterpoint. The BlackBerry Classic is priced at the the equivalent of $518 in India, above the $449 price of the phone in the states...
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8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

If it has speakers.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

I've posted in the past about how most analyst firms only include sales to the consumer market and not to enterprise. After looking up the analyst firm referenced in this article, I learned that it's no different. That being said: It's a shame that most of the people commenting on this article just cannot seem to grasp the concept of BlackBerry is not focusing on the consumer market right now. The Classic is designed with enterprise in mind primarily, as well those still using BBOS7 devices. If consumer outlets wish to pick up the Classic to sell, that's great. If not, it wasn't designed for that, anyway. Additionally, BlackBerry also makes their handsets available for purchase through their own website and Amazon.com. The Classic will do well amongst the enterprises of India, as well as the BBOS7 users in India.

16. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

I highly doubt it... The fiasco of their servers going down are still in the back of the minds of All the blackberry users. It was a time when Android and apple where fighting out for the respective shares of the market and blackberry was consider not just high end but also some what unique and mysteries(you had to have an data connection for it to work, when at the time India was not even having a proper cell network). But that incident threw them from being topclass to being a tech that fails often.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

You doubt it. I don't. Considering what BlackBerry has been doing under John Chen's leadership, I firmly believe that the Classic will sell well in its intended market, and even do moderately well in the consumer market. Their servers haven't gone down since that incident, and I don't believe they will. I don't think that incident in the past will have any bearing on the Classic today. By your logic, every company that has ever had problem that has caused public doubt in the past is in trouble today.

24. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Don't know were you leave, but here in INDIA Blackberry went from an uber cool business class brand to a brand that fails frequently. Like I said in my previous post, keep in mind that this was the time where android and iOS were making major inroads in the country and that failure was one of the major triggers that caused a major fan base shift away from Blackberry (which Blackberry is still feeling to this day). Its share is LESS than 0.5 percent of the entire countries smartphone market that is pathetically low even considering only the so called businesses class market. The classic will not even get registered in the minds of the people on the scale of things and will be forgotten in couple of months that such a phone even got released and I don't doubt that.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

Here's where your mistakes are: You're referencing something that happened how many years ago? And under inept management at that. You're only taking into account sale in the consumer market (BlackBerrys secondary market), and not the enterprise market (their primary market). Considering that you have not provided any data on their enterprise share in India, how can you honestly say that the Classic won't sell? Doesn't matter to WHOM it sells, as long as it sells. Let's you and I bookmark this article and check back when official numbers are released during BlackBerrys next earnings report. Then we can properly and accurately judge whether the Classic will sell or not.

48. avinash22i

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

The percentage that I have mentioned are both the markets included, prove it to me if I am wrong in the percentage that I have mentioned. And ya vil bookmark it, and vil see if the classic makes a dent in the market share. Remember only the classic numbers should your talking point like you have mentioned in your previous posts not including the Z series.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

You do know that India and Indonesia are two different countries, right? Lmao! Anyway, I've already proven the data referenced in that article was inaccurate for the time frame it was supposed to be talking about, in that VERY SAME ARTICLE YOU ARE REFERRING TO. That article ONLY used data from the FIRST HALF of 2014, but was posted and attempted be used as data relevant for the LAST HALF of 2014 when it was posted. http://seekingalpha.com/article/2660865-blackberrys-stronghold-indonesia?dr=1 That article explains it further. Its so funny how BlackBerry haters try to pass off INACCURATE INFORMATION as relevant. It just makes you look like more of a fool when proven wrong, as I do with you on a regular basis.

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh my, they're two different countries? I wasn't aware of that at all. Quit being salty. I posted that article to make a point. Funny how you refer to seeking alpha when several weeks ago you were saying they weren't reliable. So which is it?

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering the verifiable information in the article I referenced, that article was quite reliable. The article I posted pretty much put the one you posted to shame. And considering that you troll every BlackBerry article, the only salty one here is you.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

you said Seeking Alpha wasn't credible. So why all of a sudden it's so reliable now? Don't contradict yourself.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the boy that said he doesn't own and iPhone 6, but now he suddenly does..... Your "pot" seems to be meeting the "kettle" quite often today.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just because I didn't get one right then and there doesn't mean I can't get one later. Nice strawman.

41. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

And just because I don't find many articles on Seeking Alpha to be credible doesn't mean that I can't find one that is. Checkmate.

44. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not when you question the sites reliability. You were caught just admit it.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

Caught doing what? Proving you wrong yet again?

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Being a hypocrite

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's you.

51. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't call a site unreliable and turn around and use an article from them. Just own up to your f-ing mistake.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't troll BlackBerry articles and then in the same breath say that I don't. Just own up to your BS.

53. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Crying wolf when there's no wolf just mak makes you look bad. I'm done responding to you in this article. For references, this is where you contradict yourselfhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Seeking-Alphas-Hibben-predicts-Fridays-Q3-report-from-BlackBerry-will-be-a-disaster_id63839

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 21586; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can list a plethora of articles on Phonearena where you have trolled BlackBerry and Android articles, and in those same articles you then say you're not a troll, contradicting yourself. So the only one looking bad here is you.

28. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3106; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

How about we wait for the sales data to come in. It's getting old.
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