Shots fired: BlackBerry says the Blackphone's security is unsuitable for business users

Shots fired: BlackBerry says the Blackphone's security is unsuitable for business users
Do you remember the Android-powered Blackphone? The ultra-secure device that allegedly comes with a slew of unprecedented security solutions, never before seen in an Android device? Well, it's okay if you don't, but it seems that BlackBerry, the once-powerful Ontario-based manufacturer, remembers. According to BlackBerry, the Blackphone is okay for the average Joe and plain Jane, but pretty “unacceptable” for enterprise and pretty customers.

The Waterloo-based company said that the Blackphone's “go-it-alone” approach is mediocre compared to BlackBerry's end-to-end take on the matter. The smartphone maker boasts that its BES10 (BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10) platform is what enterprise users really need in a “post-Snowden environment”. At the same time, BlackBerry says that it's still unclear if the Blackphone supports logging and archiving of business communications on itself, which is “an unacceptable condition for regulated organizations, such as financial services and healthcare firms”.


BlackBerry, which is still among the major players in the field of mobile security, has been taking a lot of hits in this department lately. The competition that's coming from the likes of Samsung, its KNOX security container, and Google's latest decision to implement it into Android are probably going to make things harder for the struggling BlackBerry. However, CEO John Chen kept his cool and stated that enterprise users should rely on companies that not only "talk the security talk", but also walk the walk. Thus, it's more than sure that the Waterloo-based company will stand its ground.

source: BlackBerry via BerryReview

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29 Comments

1. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

bb feel threatened by the popularity of android and think it need to do a black campaign against android..... poor bb.

28. NewroticSlob

Posts: 181; Member since: May 09, 2013

Putz!

2. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

BB got to watch out who they're shooting at. Google have all the money and resources to do anything within the realm of possibility in the tech world.

3. WinDroid

Posts: 77; Member since: May 20, 2014

RIP Blackberry maybe if you beg, microsoft will buy you but not likely.

18. eznuel

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Douchebag

4. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Poor BB, they throw in all these expensive ads (like those plastered on the side of a Mercedes F1 car) yet nobody is really giving a c#rap about them. They're just digging their own hole deeper and deeper.

9. Guti986

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 26, 2013

They've actually gained market share, in a world where only Android is really growing, so they're performance is pretty admirable actually. They seem to have taken a step back and have a plan set in motion which has brought them some success. Not an easy road but they got it. No worries

10. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

bb not gaining market share. The sales number of bb device keep declining from their peak 10 million+ device / quarter, and now to about 2-3 million device / quarter. This, while the number of smartphone keep growing each month/quarter/year. So, they can't be growing/gained market share. bb has around 1% market share now.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

For the last 3 months marking the end of last quarter, BlackBerry DID INDEED gain market share. Try telling the TRUTH next time.

19. eznuel

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Dude, I think you should get a job or something... instead of sitting around and commenting negatively on every post that has blackberry in it.

20. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Some of us believe that is his job.. Spreading hate and negativity.

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Go to their Wikipedia page, their yearly profit / loss operating expenses figures etc etc is nowhere to be found, are they really that embarrassed? :-)

6. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

For the record, Android is unsecured. Mr Chen is right. "Walk your talk".

7. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Waterloo based??? Seems like an apt location for the mighty to have fallen ;) Who says history doesn't repeat itself : P

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

BlackBerry is dying but still trying to bite others.

11. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

bb need to be b!tch slap again. I think bb already forget that picking a fight is bad. They need to be reminded about JC vs. T-Mo's Legere fight where bb were kick in the b@ll.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry was the one that terminated the relationship with T-Mobile, not the other way around, so how was it that BlackBerry was kicked in the groin area again? Lie much?

22. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

Sorry to interrupt your lies with the TRUTH, but BlackBerry did the b@'ll kicking here: http://press.blackberry.com/press/2014/blackberry-ends-t-mobile-u-s--licensing-agreement.html

12. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Shutup Blackberry. You are not relevant in the US anymore and people have moved onto phones that are much better and offer plenty of security. Dig your hole that you continue to make and go bankrupt already

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

If they are not relevant in the U.S. anymore, then how come their market share just recently doubled there? The only irrelevant thing here is your comment.

21. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry was the one that did the b!tch slapping, you TROLL. http://press.blackberry.com/press/2014/blackberry-ends-t-mobile-u-s--licensing-agreement.html

27. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Double the market share? What is it now to 2%? Get a life people don't want anything to do with this failing company

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes, double the market share. If you knew how to read past your own lies and BS, you would have seen it on a recent article here on P.A. about a report from Kantar. Oh wait, you only troll on articles with the word "BlackBerry" in it. Must be why you missed it. Now you get a life and stop trolling BlackBerry articles on P.A.

13. ablopez

Posts: 235; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Doesn't really feel like BB is attacking here, considering the original source.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

Look at all of you Larry-losers and Trevor-trolls on this BlackBerry article, Smh...nothing better to do with your day than to bash BlackBerry, huh ladies? Anyway, one of you haters please tell me exactly what is John Chen doing wrong by speaking the TRUTH about Blackphone? Chen is right, Blackphone IS NOT ACCEPTABLE for enterprise. It does not offer a TENTH of the security, know-how and experience that BlackBerry has in this field. That's no lie. That's not BlackBerry "taking shots" at Blackphone, like this sensationalist headline would lead you to believe. This is John Chen speaking FACTS. If Google's CEO were to sit there and proclaim that Android is the #1 mobile platform in the consumer space, he'd be speaking FACTS. If Apple came out and said that the iPhone is the single highest selling "smartphone"(I use that term loosely with iPhone), they would be speaking FACTS. If Microsoft came out and said that they OWN the desktop space, they'd be speaking FACTS. So John Chen comes out and basically says the same thing about his company concerning the competition(which Blackphone ISN'T), and they haters all come aboard with their "RIP BlackBerry" crap and their "BB feels threatened by Android" BS?! GET REAL. You all need to face FACTS: All of the TOP 1O law firms and oil companies in the WORLD are BlackBerry's customers. 16 out of the 20 G20 governments are BlackBerry's customers. BlackBerry is LARGER than their next 3 competitors COMBINED in the EMM space. 1.2 MILLION customers have migrated over to BlackBerry through their EZ pass, 10% of which has come from the competition. Even the POTUS cannot use any other smartphone besides his BlackBerry due to SECURITY reasons. I could post link after link after link about how so many businesses just RECENTLY switched over to BlackBerry's BES 10 due primarily to its SECURITY. BlackBerry OWNS 61% of the ENTERPRISE MARKET. They are not afraid. They certainly do not fear the competition, because right now in the enterprise space they HAVE NO COMPETITION. Face FACTS, haters: BlackBerry is here to stay. Deal with it.

23. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

+1 Android fans just cant accept the flaws of their OS.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 21353; Member since: May 28, 2014

Indeed, they cannot. +1 to you as well.

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