John Chen's wife uses a Samsung branded smartphone

John Chen's wife uses a Samsung branded smartphone
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has done a tremendous job after one year as the company's CEO. At the time he replaced Thorsten Heins, thinks looked as bleak as could be. But now, there is hope. The BlackBerry Passport has become a hit, and the BlackBerry Classic is due out next month. The former has become one of the top enterprise-centric handsets around, while the Classic brings back the trackpad and function keys.

But there is apparently one piece of news that Chen cannot do a thing about. It seems that his wife is a huge fan of Samsung Galaxy handsets. Speaking to the Financial Times, the BlackBerry executive said that his wife drew some stares at parties when she took out her Samsung branded phone. "So eventually I said she needed to use a BlackBerry," said Chen. "‘No, I like my Samsung,’ she said, and I told her she was embarrassing me," the executive recalled.

While Chen has made some comments about BlackBerry being officially a survivor, and said that the worse is over, the executive did add that morale is not in tip top shape yet, but is not a low as believed. He added that the Passport was designed to "make our devices a bit more pleasing to those people" who love the BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, and need a secure platform.

So what about his wife. Is Mrs. Chen still using a Samsung phone, or has she become a believer in the turnaround as well? "That I wouldn’t know," said the company's top executive. "There might be a lot of secrets I don’t know."

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source: GlobeandMail

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52 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

How ironic. She won't even support the phone that her husband is making

2. KParks23

Posts: 730; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Yeah well thats women for ya.. Cant blame him either if thats what she wants let her use it. No sense argueing about a phone

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Can't blame her actually

13. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

For choosing a Samsung Galaxy phone? No, you can't

22. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Reminds me of all the "SAMSUNG"' tweets made from their very own twitter using iPhones several years ago lol.

23. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

No1 values your comment.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol wow

17. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

And definitely, that was a big slap (to his face) to Mr. Chen because his wife uses a Samsung phone. But at least his wife has a taste in choosing a phone.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Anybody can use any phone.

50. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Not really. Go to North Korea sometime (you probably won't be coming back, either)...

6. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Her choice is very bad in every case

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It would be a pick your poison thing here.

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You know your product is crap when you're the leader of a multi-billion dollar company, and your wife goes with your competitor's product.

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I'm not too surprised...

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

At least she doesn't love the iPhone like most chicks do.

37. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

John Chen wife is smart. Smarter than John.

41. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Obviously she is not. If she was she wouldn't be married to a guy who is CEO of a dying company thats pretending its doing well when its doing so badly that they are begging to be bought.

46. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

What are you talking about? You might want to do some research before you post. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-07/blackberry-s-chen-gets-pay-package-about-88-million.html

52. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Did you actually type this!!!

10. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

She seems to be brainy!!

12. paragkarki

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 09, 2014

thats what i was talking about , its our choice to be allowed to use what we want to. no hating others choices.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I guess the Chens must be poor, because I heard somewhere that only poor people have Android/Samsung phones.

15. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

you heard wrong

16. Caclark74

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Your Mom needs to let you out of the basement more often.

18. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

really?? Who told you that? An iphone fanboy? Microsoft fanboy? Or a Blackberry fanboy? I guess it's an Iphone fanboy definitely.

20. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Lol I believe that's exactly what he was implying.

32. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I understand what he is implying

19. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Rich and poor both have Android phones but only mentally poor (Read:Poorest) people can buy a $100 worth phone for $850. We call them iSheeps :) And we are proud to be using THE world's best OS not an appdrawer LOLL

33. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well said +1

44. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Mentally poor that are getting a less than a $100 Crash, Freeze, Bend, Stain worth, and paying $850 for it.

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