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BlackBerry seeks “strategic alternatives” – who is set to pounce?

On the 12th August 2013 the board of directors at BlackBerry announced they have formed a special committee to “explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment. These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions”

Two phrases stick out for me on this one “possible joint venture” & “sale of the Company”

I would be surprised to see a joint venture with another mobile player or OS provider at this stage, the tight tie up between Nokia and Microsoft is slowly increasing sales numbers of the Nokia Lumia range, but there aren’t many other cases of it happening and my gut feel is that BlackBerry need something to move quickly for them.

So are they ripe for a “sale of the Company” to another manufacturer? I can’t think who would have the cash and the incentive to do so, apple have their ways of working, they certainly have the cash but the desire?

Samsung are nearing, according to figures we have seen, a domination of the smartphone market, so you would have to ask if they need BlackBerry to continue on this road.

So what about a network? There have been rumours in the past of Vodafone interest, but they have recently sunk an enormous amount of cash into the purchase of Cable & Wireless as they pursue their plan of being the number 1 choice for unified communications and not just a mobile telecommunications company.

All we can say is that the official statement is out there, at the time of writing shares have been suspended from trading, so moves may well be in place.

Regardless of what happens in my non-important opinion, a healthy, competitive BlackBerry are an important component of the telecommunications sector. Many of our customers still favour the security of BlackBerry and it’s proven ability to fire through emails on the move. Add to that, BB10 is such a leap forward in operating system from BB7 that I want to see them keep fighting back in the smartphone wars.

Good luck BlackBerry.

Callmaster Mobile’s Top 3 Last minute Mothers Day gift suggestions

Did you know that Mothering Sunday is this weekend? Of course you didn’t, because you forgot again, didn’t you? You could run to the local florist and pick up a last minute bunch of flowers for mum, but really, that’s a bit more hassle than it’s worth, isn’t it? Everyone else has also forgotten, so you’re going to have to be fighting the crowds and dealing with bad-tempered florists who are stressed out because people like you who have left it so late in the day to order!

Besides, flowers only end up dead, don’t they? It’s the pointless gift that mum has to throw away within a week. So, you should buy her something that will last a little bit longer than that.

Let’s face it though, every time you try and buy your mum a present, she fakes that she loves it because she’s your mum, and that’s her job – but really, she’ll never use it. So, if you’re going to get her the wrong gift that she won’t like anyway, why not get her something that YOU can at least have some fun with?

1. FREE new iPad 16GB Wifi & 3G – All it costs you is £33.40 + VAT per month (just over £40) and we give you the data SIM and allowance (1.5GB) included – think about it your Mum spent more than £40 a month on you for a lot longer than 24 months :)

2. FREE iPhone 4S 16GB with 300 minutes, 250 texts & 1GB data access all for just £30 + VAT per month – Give Mum the ultimate present to keep in touch when you need that lift or a last minute babysitter :)

3. FREE Nokia Lumia 710 with 300 minutes, 250 texts & 1GB data access & Xbox 360 4GB for just £30 + VAT per month – Mum’s love playing with their kids, especially Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 online and you can spend Sunday afternoon creating her Xbox Live avatar :)

For details of how to get any of these offers please go to http://www.callmastermobile.co.uk/content/contact and get in touch with us. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee delivery of these gifts before Sunday but what the hell, paper IOU’s have worked for years havent they!!

Special mention to Sheree at SundownerVA for the inspiration for this blog, follow her on Twitter @sundownerva for great tips and ideas for social media for your business. http://www.sundowneradmin.com/

My hopes for the Kinect for Windows PC

For Christmas in 2010 I caved in to my eldest’s demands for an Xbox with Kinect, after all I had seen the rumours online that one of the games being worked on was  a fully fledged, lightsabre wielding, force crushing version of Star Wars, with that in mind I made my son make all sorts of promises about keeping his room tidy, and that we would see what Santa brings.

14 months later, I love it, I play it more than he does, even though Star Wars still hasn’t been launched.

Now the news breaks that a version of Kinect is coming for Windows PC’s, and despite a lack of hard information in the press releases (check out the BBC website here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16836031) about what it will actually do and also it will cost twice as much as it’s Xbox older brother, I want one.

I like the idea of getting rid of my mouse and just sitting back and waving my hand at the screen, maybe I can even sit there and say “Computer, Twitter please” and it will automatically switch the explorer page to Twitter, “Computer, Twitter update” and then I can tweet. It all sounds very exciting.

For the Sci-Fi fans amongst you, do you remember the scene in Star Trek IV The Voyage Home, the crew of the Enterprise have travelled back in time to 1986 to collect some Humpback Whales to help save them from an alien probe in 2286,  and Scotty is at a plastics firm showing them how to develop a technology that will help them dominate their market, he picks up the mouse and talks to the computer as if the mouse is a microphone?

Well it looks like those scriptwriters weren’t that far off reality 😉