Blackberry, as many of you will agree has been on a low ever since the world discovered that the platform and company is now behind others in technology. The iPhone and Android were directly responsible here, starting with the iPhone. Now this is not about the journey here, but what’s happening while we are here. Blackberry is not keen on giving up and sometime back hired a new CEO John Chen who has this great vision of revival of the one time leader in smartphone world. That includes releasing devices like the blocky Passport.
Now the current products selling from Blackberry include devices from the older OS platforms, you know, Blackberry OS 7 and earlier, then there are devices running Blackberry OS 10 like the Blackberry Z10, Blackberry Q10, Blackberry Q5, Blackberry Z30 and Blackberry Z3. These are not doing exactly well and this is where I’m coming from. The Blackberry Z10 launched at a price of Kshs 60,000 in Kenya while the Q10 even higher at Kshs 70,000.
Over a year later, Blackberry has not released so many devices on Blackberry OS 10, actually it’s three devices, the Z30, Z3 and Passport. So effectively the two, Z10 and Q10 still count among flagships. The price is what will interest you. I have been watching Jumia for sometime now and what has come out is that they really want to clear the stock very bad. That or they are getting these devices free. Or what explains a 68% price cut, from Kshs 72,000 to Kshs 23,000? Also for some time now the device has been quite advertised on Facebook, and there is always ten pieces of the device remaining.
Why won’t people see this as a serious deal? Someone help me understand.