BlackBerry Has Been Sold???

Hey folks. Its just a catchy title, nothing to worry about 🙂
Its November 4th, and in case you didn’t know, BlackBerry may or may not be sold to Fairfax Financial today.

Let’s shed more light on the word ‘Sold’. About 6 weeks ago BlackBerry and a consortium of investors led by Fairfax Financial came into an agreement where the latter offered to acquire the former subject to due dilligence, and here’s what was in the agreement :
1) Blackberry shareholders would receive $9 per share in cash.
2) The transaction is valued at approximately $4.7 billion.
3) Fairfax Consortium was permitted (by Blackberry) to conduct due diligence.
4) Blackberry was entitled to still go-shop for buyers during the due dillgence period, subject to payment of a termination fee in the event alternative offer accepted.

So today ends the 6 weeks period of the due diligence and if Faitfax has the $4.7 billion they might just take Blackberry private. But also, there’s been news and rumors that ‘Fairfax might not be able to raise the funds’ for this bid, so what if they don’t come up with the money what happens? Well, according to Crackberry.com there are a couple of other possibilities and we made a summary :

  • They (Fairfax) may ammend the terms of the deal, that is, if nobody else is interested in bidding for Blackberry @ $9 per share.

 

  • Another bidder might come up with an offer,which we don’t know yet, but if this happens Fairfax may have to convince investors that their offer is superior or NOT! But you should know that this is possible since we have Cerebrus Capital Management (a private equity firm), the co-founder of RIM Mike Lazaridis and any other technology comapny who may be interested, like Facebook, all on the list of possible bidders.
  • Things might just get delayed to a further date since there’s no rule that says they must conclude due dilligence by the 4th of November.
  • Nothing might happen. Things have been looking pretty good for Blackberry since the launch of the cross-platform BBM. Recently we got news that BlackBerry regained some lost marketshare in Australia while android was hit with a loss.

Well, let’s keep our fingers crossed and see how things go. To get live updates and up-to-the minute gist and news you can follow us on twitter @fathomberry or you could holla for our Blackberry PIN.

Later.

#KeepMoving.

FathomBerry.

This Is Why Your BlackBerry ‘Hangs’!!**

Firstly i’d like to tell you (that’s if you don’t know already) that it’s called ‘lagging’ and not hanging. That said, we at FathomBerry are always making sure our readers and followers always get the best from whatever BlackBerry devices they have. So we are going to tell you why your BlackBerry lags and how you can manage or even stop it. We all hate the spinning hour-glass and the ‘clock’ now don’t we??!!

Back then, when the Bold 9900 (Bold5) was released it was generally recognised as one of the best phones BlackBerry ever made. It (9900) received a very huge welcome not until users started complaining about lagging on the device, this went on till some people were even discouraged from buying the device, but if you still have yours we are going to show you how you can stop or manage this lagging of a thing on any BlackBerry device you own. Just follow these simple rules and tips and if you don’t notice a difference come back here and make sure you did the right thing as we said it.
Like other devices, BlackBerry smartphones are susceptible to memory issues. If not addressed, an overloaded memory system can cause the device to slow down or even delete data.

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How To Maximise Your BlackBerry Battery Life**

The BlackBerry battery is one of if not the most essential part of a BlackBerry, once your BlackBerry’s battery ‘is too low for radio use’, it becomes quite frustrating to perform tasks and socialize, most people even say the BlackBerry becomes useless, others resolve to playing games while others just turn the BlackBerry to an MP3 player, but FathomBerry is going to show you how to preserve, maintain and maximise your battery life and make sure your BlackBerry battery lasts longer than the norm.

Our Stand
As at june 2013 Redmond Pie posted some infographic data comparing major and recent smartphone batteries and there the Z10 was chosen to represent the BlackBerry family. Here are the results under different categories:

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BlackBerry Craze III (Le struggle)*

Hey Fam! We got gist! What really inspired this post is our attitude to BlackBerry Smartphones in naija. Sometimes it’s STILL so embarrassing what youths do just to own a BlackBerry and ‘feel among’. Here’s an experience one of us (typical Naija Babe) had.
“At a time in my life when I was still using Nokia 2700 classic, I always envied BlackBerry users. At that time, the phone was just released and was becoming popular among youths, you’d see some chatting in class and sometimes I’d peep to see what they were chatting about and truthfully twas nothing serious, conversations were like : ‘what are u doing? and she would reply ‘nothing just some boring lectures’ and I’m like ‘hiss’. Even with what I saw the urge to use a BlackBerry was there.

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FathomBerry (Nigerian BlackBerry Blog)*

Hello everyone, Its Fathomberry here. Its been a while we posted some major news here, especially our weekly Fathom-Wednesday and we sincerely apologise for this, we’d hate to give excuses but for circumstances beyond our control we’ve not posted in a while, but hey, we’re back (almost) and today we will bring you up to speed on everything BlackBerry. So lets just say this is everything from Fathom-Wednesday Week 36 – 38. 😉

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Would You Still Use Your BlackBerry??

Be calm!! BBM will soon be available on iOS and Android devices, but just before then here’s a table comparing some of the big Cross-Platform IM Apps alongside our beloved BBM. Have a look.

BBM VIBER SKYPE WHATSAPP 2GO
Supported Platforms BB 10, BB OS (android and iOS soon) Series 40,Symbian and Samsung’s Bada platform Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, BB 10, iOS, Symbian and WP. iOS, Android, BBOS, BB 10, Series 40, Symbian (S60), and WP BBOS, Series 40.
Login? Not required Not required Required Not required Required
Push notification Yes Yes No Yes No
Group chat Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
price Free Free Free Not free Free
Voice call support Yes Yes Yes No No
Video call support Yes (BB10) Yes Yes No No
Video conferencing No No Yes No No
Recent updates Yes No No No Yes
Broadcasts Yes No No Yes
Plus** Real-time message receipts and in-app sharing. You can switch calls between your PC and your mobile device. Supported on many platforms and can also be used to call Landlines across the world. Supported on many platforms.
Sadly… Previous versions of the BBM didn’t support video call Can’t call a non-viber user Audio quality is sometimes horrible. You have to give out your phone number to everyone you choose to chat with. It’s still not in the competition.
Active users 60M 200M 280M 300M 10M
Launch Year 2008 2010 2003 2009 2009

 

There are other well-known Apps too like Keek, Tango, WeChat, LINE, Fringe and a host of others which we didn’t mention, but then they are also cool cross-platform apps that are widely used.

So Fathomberry is asking, if BBM goes cross-platform are you going to throw away your BlackBerry Smartphone or are you going to still use it and why. Vote and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Sunday.

FathomBerry