Shark in the water: Mr.Wonderful replaces his Apple iPhone with the BlackBerry Z10

Shark in the water: Mr.Wonderful replaces his Apple iPhone with the BlackBerry Z10
A member of the high net worth club known as ABC-TV's Shark Tank, Kevin O'Leary is, in a word, opinionated. And if you watch the show, you know that cash flow is the most important thing in the world to him. That is why he often eschews taking back equity in favor of some sort of royalty deal. He became a billionaire by turning a $10,000 loan into a major software company that was bought out by Mattel for $3.2 billion. With a background like that, many people want to follow in his footsteps which is why his decision to give up his Apple iPhone in exchange for the BlackBerry Z10 is a big story.

We've already told you how fellow Shark Mark Cuban swapped his Apple iPhone for the Nokia Lumia 920 and now O'Leary has also put down his Apple iPhone. Apparently, he didn't have kind words for BlackBerry at first (he rarely has kind words for anybody) but once he saw the Z10's virtual  QWERTY, well, Mr. Wonderful was sold.

Did it help that BlackBerry, like Kevin, comes from Canada? Probably not. If you've watched the show, you know that O'Leary is not one to let emotions get in the way of his actions. You can check out the video of O'Leary discussing his switch by clicking on the source link.

source: YouTube via Crackberry

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26 Comments

1. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I wonder how much did blackberry paid him to switch?

4. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

I wonder how much did HE paid to PA for posting this....

21. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

*I wonder how much Blackberry paid him to switch? *I wonder how much HE paid to PA for posting this.... Sorry I just went all grammar Naz* up in here, but damn, it reminded me of one of those "find the error" worksheets in 3rd grade grammar. Geez. On an unrelated note, Apple must not be digging this kind of publicity. TV icon ditches their product for a Blackberry? Ouch.

23. xsmartphonex

Posts: 41; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

lmao :)

10. digicon

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Can you buy off a Billionaire ? ? ?

14. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Haters grow up this man is very rich and blackberry has no amount of money to offer him...for heavens sake his a billionaire. ..He says his mind and careless whoever you are. .....watch the video below since iphone/samsungarena refused to put it up http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&gl=CA&client=mv-google&v=B-q77ZASumM&sns=tw&nomobile=1

17. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I hope that keyboard is patented or else Samsung will copy it....They never separated work from personal on all their galaxy devices until they saw blackberry do that on the Z10 and now the call it knox....likewise they never had a galaxy which screen you can use hand gloves and still type comfortably until they saw the lumia 920 do that....And they fill up their Gs4 with gimmicks which most people buying the phone will find it useless but, guess what ?iphonearena calls that innovation... Credit should be given to whom it is due period. ..

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Do we really need too know how rich these guys are? Quit feankly could care less bout this guy. At least bb started in the right path

11. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Its paid article man.

3. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

His personality sucks. He needs to buy a new one with all that money.

6. jonneyh

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 22, 2013

Iphone users getting worried. Throw that same 2007 UI away and hook up on the new hit Z10.

7. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Mark Cuban has a Lumia 920 ;)

12. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Most of the business prefer simple OS like Windows and Blackberry 10. This is the reason that in 7 countries Windows phones are outselling iPhones. But.. I still prefer Android for its huge number of Apps and customization. Different people different choices!

8. MobileMac unregistered

The blackberry OS is pretty cool. I would like to have that running on my SG3.

9. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

So thats the new trend these days buy out billionaires and the rest will follow...rich get richer now pay your share of the taxes

13. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

i don't care not intersted in anything BB.

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I love BlackBerry more than Apple, Apple is just only 1% in my ranking. So, good news...good news!

16. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I've been playing with the Z10 and I really like it. Great fluidity, great graphics, and has the fasted browser on any platform. This, coming from a diehard Fandroid...

18. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yeah, it has enough good things about its core functions that I'm legitimately considering it. Notifications Hub is fantastic, I like the gesture based UI, keyboard seems like the best onscreen keyboard out there from demos. The OS just seems to be built in a very smart manner, although the hardware is the only thing that is making me hesitate (not on par with other flagships).

19. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Totally agreed. I like the Flick feature on the keyboard, too! The camera takes great pics, and the dropdown Settings shade is great. Buy me the white one and I love you long time?

20. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

My guess is he was probably a former Blackberry fan that liked their security and business focus but was disgruntled at the poor specs and app selections compared to Iphone or others. Now that Blackberry's caught up with the times, he's back on board. Don't see how he has to be "paid off" to get a Z10.

22. deadstroke

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

good very good indeed lol

24. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Yeah Blackberry is paying all these fools to use a junk product. They realize that is its not selling at stores at all. I dont understand all hype around the Z10. It is pure garbage just like the other Blackberry phones. I had one blackberry in my life and could not wait to get rid of it. Android all the way. Blackberry will fail!

25. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Crying disguised Nicholas Oliver. ...

27. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

No I agree with Mr. Oliver. His comments are great. Blackberry is worthless and cannot wait until they close!

26. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Good choice Mr. Wonderful .

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