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BlackBerry Z3 launching in India on June 25th

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BlackBerry has started sending out press invitations to a Z3 launch event in India on June 25th, which is next week. The BlackBerry Z3 device which was announced earlier this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has seen good reception in Indonesia and with reviewers around the world.

The tight-knit launch we saw in Indonesia with local highlights will likely be rebuilt for the Indian market. Working closely in these key markets will be a strong show of how Chen and his management teams want to bring in new hardware. IF the uptick in Z3 sales replicates in other markets than Chen may we well on his way to increasing market share in growing mobile regions.

As more information surrounding upcoming launches comes fourth we’ll certainty be keeping up to date with the latest. It’s also suggested that BlackBerry is seeking to bring the Z3 to Vietnam and Malaysia as well, moving efficiently to hit these market targets shows BlackBerry is focused on making the device a success.

HDFC bring their banking app to BlackBerry 10 for customers in India

HDFC bring their banking app to BlackBerry 10 for customers in India

For BlackBerry 10 users in India, another banking application has arrived in BlackBerry World. This time it’s from HDFC and as you would expect it’ll allow customers to manage their finances all from the palm of their hand.

As you will note from this list below, the app brings all the basic banking functions to BlackBerry. Since BlackBerry 10 was first launched we’ve seen a fair few banking apps become available. Bearing in mind that most BB10 users find productivity apps far more desirable than games I’m surprised more banks haven’t brought their apps to the platform – especially as BlackBerry are very much targeting business users now.

As the app is regional I’m not able to test it myself, so if you are in India and are a HDFC customer hit up the comments with your impressions.

Features include:

  • Pay utility bills, credit card bills, etc.
  • View Account summaries and Fixed Deposit summaries
  • Transfer funds ,including transfers to other bank customers
  • Request statements, cheque book, stop payment

The HDFC app is only available for all touch BlackBerry 10 devices at the time of publication and is free to download.

Enterprises in India Move to BlackBerry 10

Enterprises in India Move to BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry announced today the growing adoption of BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) by Indian enterprises across a range of sectors. BlackBerry has a strong market position in India where the Company has seen more than 1,000 Indian enterprises adopting or testing BES10 since its launch in January 2013.

ITC Limited, an Indian conglomerate, has implemented BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 across their various businesses. “The robust architecture of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution has ensured the availability of a secure and reliable mobility solution that addresses the requirements of ITC’s managers. With BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the implementation of BES10, ITC’s employees will be able to share information securely with all their stakeholders,” said VVR Babu, Chief Information Officer, ITC Ltd.

Indiabulls, with its strong presence in important sectors like financial services, power and real estate, has recently adopted BlackBerry 10 smartphones managed by BES10. “Indiabulls is very pleased with its implementation of BES10 and the deployment of BlackBerry 10 smartphones is growing across the organization,” said TejinderPal Singh Miglani, Group CIO, Indiabulls. “BlackBerry 10 offers very strong and compelling features, especially when it comes to data security and the flexibility to meet different working needs. With features like BlackBerry Balance technology, we are able to keep corporate information separate and secure from personal content. Users can access the corporate resources as per their needs and effortlessly along with the confidence that the data is fully secure and cannot be unintentionally leaked via personal channels.”

The 3C Company, a leading real estate company in North India, was looking for a robust and secure mobile solution that would enable enhanced productivity along with ensuring that employees could share and access confidential information securely to match the needs of the rapidly growing company. According to Anupam Kaushik, AVP, Information Technology at The 3C Company, “BlackBerry 10 smartphones offer strong productivity benefits and help our employees stay connected while on the move. BlackBerry 10 smartphones are fast, stable and provide our IT admins with control over the ‘Work’ space using BES10. If The 3C Company implements a BYOD policy, it will be with BES10, as it provides ease of information access, while retaining control of it.”

Emcure Pharmaceuticals, a fast growing Indian pharmaceutical company engaged in developing, manufacturing and marketing a broad range of pharmaceutical products globally, was looking for a mobile solution to deliver high security and flexible device management. “Emcure Pharmaceuticals is very pleased with the deployment of BES10 to manage its BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android devices,” said Rajani Shetty, Sr. Director IT at Emcure Pharmaceuticals. While allowing employees to continue using their own devices as the company expands, the organization wanted to make sure that it would be able to secure corporate data on employee’s personal devices. With the deployment of BES10, Emcure’s IT team is able to manage and secure corporate data on iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, and has successfully implemented BYOD to support the needs of its employees.

Nishith Desai Associates is a research-based Indian law firm with offices in Mumbai, Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Singapore, Mumbai BKC, Delhi and Munich that aims at providing strategic, legal and tax services across various sectors. “Nishith Desai Associates has been one of the first users of BlackBerry since its launch in India,” said Milind Mundankar, Director IT, Nishith Desai Associates. “Being a law firm, security and confidentiality play a very significant role and because of BlackBerry’s strong security and productivity features, we decided to equip all our lawyers and support staff with BlackBerry smartphones. We not only use BlackBerry for email communication but have also developed various mobile applications, like a business development module, a time capture application, document filing and HR applications, which enable our lawyers to work seamlessly while on the move. We are very pleased with our deployment of BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BES10. With BES10, we are able to separate work and personal data through BlackBerry Balance, which enables our associates to fully enjoy the best of both worlds on their smartphones. The setting of various IT policies with BES10 gives us confidence that our official data is fully secured.”

The rising number of organizations embracing BES10 in India as part of their mobile strategy showcases the enterprise commitment to the BlackBerry solution, which is recognized as the gold standard in security for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM). “The enterprise market continues to grow in India and holds immense untapped potential for BlackBerry, especially in sectors like retail, insurance, banking, healthcare, construction and professional services. BES10 offers a single, unified management console to manage iOS, Android and BlackBerry smartphones,” said Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director for India at BlackBerry.

For more information about BES10, visit http://blackberry.com/bes10facts.

BlackBerry India provides new pricing for the Q5 by offering 20% price cut

BlackBerry India provides new pricing for the Q5 by offering 20% price cut

BlackBerry India have announce that they will cut the price for Q5 by 20%, this will make the device more affordable for more people.

Press Release

Keeping up with the festive spirit, BlackBerry today announced a New Year Bonanza offer for its popular BlackBerry Q5 smartphone. Under this offering, customers can now purchase BlackBerry Q5 smartphone at just Rs. 19,990. The BlackBerry Q5 is available in three colors, red, white and black.

The attractive offering on BlackBerry Q5 is in line with BlackBerry’s commitment towards the Indian market and will help the brand to reach out to more potential customers.

Sameer Bhatia, Director – Distribution for BlackBerry India said, “The New Year Bonanza aims at providing a powerful mobile device, with cutting edge BlackBerry 10 OS at an affordable price point to the consumers.”

BlackBerry to Focus on Software and Services, Support BBOS 7 Until December 2015, and no Future Tablet Plans, says Managing Director [UPDATED]

BlackBerry to Focus on Software and Services, Support BBOS 7 Until December 2015, and no Future Tablet Plans, says Managing Director

Report by N4BB : In the last earnings report, BlackBerry revealed that a whopping 3.2 million BlackBerry 7 devices were sold, versus only 1.1 million BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

It was clear that either the lack of certain core features or price points for BlackBerry 10 smartphones were not garnering the shift the company expected.

Managing Director of BlackBerry India, Sunil Lalwani, recently gave an interview discussing the company’s future. Lalwani acknowledged the company’s fault with BlackBerry 10′s release, saying “The inherent new features of BB10 had to be clearly articulated to end-users, which wasn’t done well, leading to issues like inventory build-up of the Z10, but after cutting the price, sales have picked up again.”

Software and services accounted for 60% of BlackBerry’s revenue last quarter, according to Lalwani. This is why BlackBerry will primarily focus on such ventures and leave little focus to devices.

BlackBerry will seek to cutting costs of current BlackBerry 10 devices, with the Q5 expected to receive a price cut by January in India. Lalwani says the company will no longer focus on the entry-level market with its next devices and has no future plans to re-enter the tablet space after the PlayBook.

With BlackBerry 7 smartphones still selling better than BlackBerry 10 devices, the company plans to support BlackBerry 7 until December 2015. “Then we will discontinue sales of older BB devices, and provide exchange offers and upgrade offers for existing BB 7 users, to move to BB 10 platform,” said Lalwani.

Update: We have check with BlackBerry to verify this and this is their official statement from BlackBerry on the matter.

BlackBerry intends to support the BlackBerry operating system indefinitely. Any comments to the contrary are not correct.

BlackBerry plans sales sops to distributors; handset prices may fall

BlackBerry plans sales sops to distributors; handset prices may fall

The price of latest BlackBerry handsets are expected to fall further as the Canadian smartphone maker plans more sales incentives to distributors and operators for pushing the sales of its BB10 devices.

In order to improve sales and stimulate global demand for BlackBerry 10 devices, the company executed marketing campaigns and reduced the price on new shipments of BlackBerry 10 smartphones during the second and third quarters of fiscal 2014, the company said in an SEC filing.

“The company plans to implement further sales incentives with its carrier and distributor partners to increase sell-through, which could be applicable to all BlackBerry 10 devices shipped in the second and third quarters of fiscal 2014,” the company said in the filing.

We may see cheaper BlackBerry handsets and more carrier and distributor will start market BlackBerry 10 devices to their customers.

BlackBerry Launches Enterprise Solutions Centres in India

BlackBerry Launches Enterprise Solutions Centres in India

Today, we are bringing you more enterprise news, this time from India, where BlackBerry is opening Enterprise Solution Centers in Mumbai and Gurgaon. The centers will be there to cater to the needs of enterprise customers, taking them through the installation process of BES10 and more.

Press Release

Mumbai, India – As part of its commitment and focus on the enterprise mobility market, BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced the opening of BlackBerry Enterprise Solutions Centres in Mumbai and Gurgaon. The centres, the first-of-their-kind in India, will cater to the needs of enterprise customers and provide them with a walk-in experience of BlackBerry’s robust enterprise mobility management solutions including BES10, BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5 and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express, hosted and cloud-based options, and in-market BlackBerry smartphones.

The BlackBerry Enterprise Solutions Centres will detail for enterprises the BES10 security architecture and how mobility can enhance corporate productivity. The centre will train BlackBerry Enterprise VARs (Value Added Resellers) and customers on deploying BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and plans to offer courses for BlackBerry certifications for IT administrators who are currently managing a BES infrastructure or want to enhance their skills on BlackBerry Enterprise Solutions. India will be the third country to roll-out a BlackBerry Enterprise Solutions Centre after US and UK.

Inaugurating the Centres, Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director for India at BlackBerry said, “These first-of-their kind centres in India reflect BlackBerry’s deep and long-term commitment to the country and our customers. The initiative focuses on the growth and opportunities of the enterprise mobility market and ‘bring your own device’ trends in India, highlighting how BlackBerry’s leading EMM solutions can help businesses improve the productivity of their mobile workforces.”

Customers can request a visit to the Enterprise Solutions Centre through BlackBerry Enterprise Sales teams, its ecosystem of VARs or through carrier partners.

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