BlackBerry Bounces Back at MWC 2015

BlackBerry Bounces Back at MWC 2015As Mobile World Congress 2015 winds to a close today in Barcelona, Spain, the festivities aren’t wrapping up without at least one major headline for BlackBerry.

The embattled Canadian smartphone maker came to MWC to show off its newest mobile hardware.

BlackBerry used its presence in Barcelona to introduce the new BlackBerry Leap smartphone for 4G LTE networks.

“The BlackBerry Leap is an affordable all-touch smartphone in a modern and powerful design that is built for career builders and companies who value security and privacy when pushing their productivity to the next level,” the company says.

BlackBerry Leap includes a brilliant edge-to-edge five-inch HD display, BlackBerry’s latest operating system and more than a full day’s battery power, keeping users hyper connected, productive and always in control.

“With BlackBerry Leap complementing the latest BlackBerry portfolio, including BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic, we continue to provide products and services that meet the needs of our consumer and enterprise customers,” says Ron Louks, President of Devices and Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry.

To check out Leap for yourself, click here.

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Mobile World Congress Sees Launch of First Truly African Mobile Advertising Technology

Mobile World Congress Will See Launch of First Truly African Mobile Advertising TechnologyThis year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona has brought with it a lot of firsts. But one that is drawing particular interest is the launch of the first truly African mobile ad platform.

Terragon Group, an innovative African company and the largest indigenous digital media company on the continent, is in Barcelona to unveil a new data monetization and advertising platform.

It’s a first for mobile in developing markets.

“The data and advertising technology, called the ‘Adrenaline’, allows for advertisers to buy inventory and access to reach mobile users on organically generated channels which sit on non-internet based platforms on mobile devices,” according to SpyGhana. “These channels include USSD based balance enquiry, Call-Me-Back messages, End of Call Notification, among others.”

Terragon Group CEO Elo Umeh says the planned unveiling of ‘Adrenaline’ is indicative of the strides the company has been making since its formation.

“The Mobile World Congress event affords us the opportunity to be able to show that innovation can come out of Africa,” explained Umeh. “We continually seek to use global events to showcase our local innovation, with both elements reinforcing each other to maintain market leadership in the digital media industry. This is what we believe at Terragon Group. Our passion for innovation allows us take intuitive steps towards a digital Africa.”

Terragon Group — a member of both the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) — operates out of Nigeria and four other markets including Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and India, and has the capability to conduct business across the continent.

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Apple, HBO Partnership Expected

Apple, HBO Partnership ExpectedAccording to The International Business Times, Apple is close — very close — to closing a deal with HBO, the premium cable provider behind some of the most popular programming in all of entertainment.

If sources in-the-know are truly knowledgeable about the matter, it sounds like Apple will be among the launch partners for HBO when the network launches it new streaming service next month called HBO Now.

HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April in conjunction with the premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones.”

HBO Now will be available to consumers without a cable subscription for $15 per month.

“HBO’s corporate parent, Time Warner Inc., will rely on a whole new line of distributors (e.g., Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, etc.) to help market HBO Now to an estimated 10 million U.S. broadband subscribers who do not pay for a cable TV bundle,” the IBT report reads.

Although the deal reportedly isn’t yet done, it could be wrapped up any time now.

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ABBYY Unveils Live Social Networking Service at MWC 2015

ABBYY Lingvo Live ScreenshotABBYY, a provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies and services, is in Barcelona this week to show off Lingvo Live, a social networking service for speakers and students of different languages.

According to marketing materials provided to MMW, the service provides a free online environment for language translation, knowledge sharing, language practice and more.

It is accessible via the Web and through free client applications for iOS and Android.

Lingvo Live users can look up words and phrases in reliable licensed dictionaries, create an interactive Social Dictionary together with their fellow-users and ask the community for advice or help with translations. Entries with suggested translations can be ranked and commented on by any community member.  User-added content is post-moderated by ABBYY linguistic experts to ensure its accuracy and to provide the most accurate, up-to-date information.

“We live in a fast-paced world and hundreds of new words are coined daily, it’s virtually impossible for standard or academic dictionaries to add them on the spot, as ABBYY’s 25 years of expertise in dictionary translation software has shown,” says Artem Kumpel, Director of Lingvo & Mobile Products Department at ABBYY.  “However, the Lingvo Live community and the Social Dictionary that we’re creating together have the potential to provide just that; to be an ever-evolving, all-in-one environment for handling language-related issues and tasks – from interactive learning within a community to a marketplace for professionals.”

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The BlackBerry Classic is Music to this DJ’s Ears. Why?

dj classic pic

If you think spinning discs for parties is easy, think again. There’s a lot of coordination required – both in managing the business and making the music – and having the right tools for the job is essential.

Emanuel Eicher, a school assistant for children with special educational needs by day and DJ by night, uses his BlackBerry Classic to keep track of lesson plans and his student’s needs, as well as booking parties and tweeting from @iamselectaiman.

Also read our other Q&As with satisfied BlackBerry Classic users, including this Toronto Maple Leafs executive, this arts photographer, and this high-tech CTO. And read our roundups of media reviews of the BlackBerry Classic HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE.

Watts: What drew you to the BlackBerry Classic?

Eicher: I wanted a “classic” phone with a keyboard and trackpad. I had an Android phone and still wanted access to Android apps in addition to BlackBerry apps.

I also like BBM and have discovered that no other phone provider provides an email experience like BlackBerry, so it was an easy decision to make.

My first experience with BlackBerry was with a Curve 8520 and I loved the keyboard and trackpad combination. I’ve gone back to my roots since getting the Classic and have become a fanatic!

I keep telling friends and family that no other phone comes close to the Classic.

Watts: What makes you say that? How is the Classic useful to your lifestyle?

Eicher: I mostly use the phone to write down ideas I have for either job and to set reminders so that I remember to do certain tasks. I’m also able to instantly read and reply to emails faster than with any other devices. This helps me stay in contact with colleagues or handle bookings for shows and parties.

Other than that the Classic helps me stay on top of social networking and to check news on-the-go.

Watts: How are the features and core experiences of the device working out for you?

Eicher: I love the combination of BlackBerry OS and Android apps. There’s a much wider option to app stores now. I also like that the icon layout has more shape and a bigger display.

The highlight of the Classic is most definitely BlackBerry Blend. Being able to access files on my laptop too is amazing! It saves me time because I don’t have to backup my files first in order to get access to them. I can do it directly from Blend.

It’s even nice that I don’t have to open my web browser to access my mail account, I can do all of that with Blend.

Watts: What apps do you use on the Classic?

Eicher: I use Blaq for Twitter, WhatsApp and BBM.

Since I listen to music for the majority of my day, I use Jet Audio Pro from the Amazon App Store. And I use the CrackBerry app of course to stay updated on everything BlackBerry.

Watts: How do you feel about the battery life?

Eicher: Most smartphones I’ve had experience with have a weak battery life. No matter how much I used it I would have to charge it at least once a day.

The BlackBerry Classic has a fantastic battery life. I’m able to work on it consistently and only charge it every other day.

Watts: Is there anything specific that you like about Classic that you weren’t able to do on other devices?

Eicher: I like having all of my notifications in one spot thanks to the BlackBerry Hub.

That feature alone makes it easy to promptly reply to contacts. But in general, BlackBerry provides the safest phones. I don’t have too many privacy concerns because I know I’m safe with BlackBerry.

Watts: How would you rate the Classic?

Eicher: I would rate it a 9.5.

Pricing and Availability

Work in the front, party in the back? The BlackBerry Classic can help you complete your next project or party playlist.

In the United States, AT&T has made available the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic via att.com and in AT&T retail stores. Read the positive reviews after the AT&T launch last month. Verizon is also offering the BlackBerry Classic. In Canada, Rogers and Telus are carrying both phones.

North American customers can also purchase the BlackBerry Classic online through Amazon.com, and U.S. and Canadian customers go directly to ShopBlackBerry.

Check here for availability in your region.*

*NOTE: Pricing varies by region.

Are you making music with your productivity gains on the Classic? Let us know in the comments below!

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/C9b3tNO2_k0/

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The BlackBerry Classic is Music to this DJ’s Ears. Why?

dj classic pic

If you think spinning discs for parties is easy, think again. There’s a lot of coordination required – both in managing the business and making the music – and having the right tools for the job is essential.

Emanuel Eicher, a school assistant for children with special educational needs by day and DJ by night, uses his BlackBerry Classic to keep track of lesson plans and his student’s needs, as well as booking parties and tweeting from @iamselectaiman.

Also read our other Q&As with satisfied BlackBerry Classic users, including this Toronto Maple Leafs executive, this arts photographer, and this high-tech CTO. And read our roundups of media reviews of the BlackBerry Classic HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE.

Watts: What drew you to the BlackBerry Classic?

Eicher: I wanted a “classic” phone with a keyboard and trackpad. I had an Android phone and still wanted access to Android apps in addition to BlackBerry apps.

I also like BBM and have discovered that no other phone provider provides an email experience like BlackBerry, so it was an easy decision to make.

My first experience with BlackBerry was with a Curve 8520 and I loved the keyboard and trackpad combination. I’ve gone back to my roots since getting the Classic and have become a fanatic!

I keep telling friends and family that no other phone comes close to the Classic.

Watts: What makes you say that? How is the Classic useful to your lifestyle?

Eicher: I mostly use the phone to write down ideas I have for either job and to set reminders so that I remember to do certain tasks. I’m also able to instantly read and reply to emails faster than with any other devices. This helps me stay in contact with colleagues or handle bookings for shows and parties.

Other than that the Classic helps me stay on top of social networking and to check news on-the-go.

Watts: How are the features and core experiences of the device working out for you?

Eicher: I love the combination of BlackBerry OS and Android apps. There’s a much wider option to app stores now. I also like that the icon layout has more shape and a bigger display.

The highlight of the Classic is most definitely BlackBerry Blend. Being able to access files on my laptop too is amazing! It saves me time because I don’t have to backup my files first in order to get access to them. I can do it directly from Blend.

It’s even nice that I don’t have to open my web browser to access my mail account, I can do all of that with Blend.

Watts: What apps do you use on the Classic?

Eicher: I use Blaq for Twitter, WhatsApp and BBM.

Since I listen to music for the majority of my day, I use Jet Audio Pro from the Amazon App Store. And I use the CrackBerry app of course to stay updated on everything BlackBerry.

Watts: How do you feel about the battery life?

Eicher: Most smartphones I’ve had experience with have a weak battery life. No matter how much I used it I would have to charge it at least once a day.

The BlackBerry Classic has a fantastic battery life. I’m able to work on it consistently and only charge it every other day.

Watts: Is there anything specific that you like about Classic that you weren’t able to do on other devices?

Eicher: I like having all of my notifications in one spot thanks to the BlackBerry Hub.

That feature alone makes it easy to promptly reply to contacts. But in general, BlackBerry provides the safest phones. I don’t have too many privacy concerns because I know I’m safe with BlackBerry.

Watts: How would you rate the Classic?

Eicher: I would rate it a 9.5.

Pricing and Availability

Work in the front, party in the back? The BlackBerry Classic can help you complete your next project or party playlist.

In the United States, AT&T has made available the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic via att.com and in AT&T retail stores. Read the positive reviews after the AT&T launch last month. Verizon is also offering the BlackBerry Classic. In Canada, Rogers and Telus are carrying both phones.

North American customers can also purchase the BlackBerry Classic online through Amazon.com, and U.S. and Canadian customers go directly to ShopBlackBerry.

Check here for availability in your region.*

*NOTE: Pricing varies by region.

Are you making music with your productivity gains on the Classic? Let us know in the comments below!

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/C9b3tNO2_k0/

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The BlackBerry Classic is Music to this DJ’s Ears. Why?

dj classic pic

If you think spinning discs for parties is easy, think again. There’s a lot of coordination required – both in managing the business and making the music – and having the right tools for the job is essential.

Emanuel Eicher, a school assistant for children with special educational needs by day and DJ by night, uses his BlackBerry Classic to keep track of lesson plans and his student’s needs, as well as booking parties and tweeting from @iamselectaiman.

Also read our other Q&As with satisfied BlackBerry Classic users, including this Toronto Maple Leafs executive, this arts photographer, and this high-tech CTO. And read our roundups of media reviews of the BlackBerry Classic HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE.

Watts: What drew you to the BlackBerry Classic?

Eicher: I wanted a “classic” phone with a keyboard and trackpad. I had an Android phone and still wanted access to Android apps in addition to BlackBerry apps.

I also like BBM and have discovered that no other phone provider provides an email experience like BlackBerry, so it was an easy decision to make.

My first experience with BlackBerry was with a Curve 8520 and I loved the keyboard and trackpad combination. I’ve gone back to my roots since getting the Classic and have become a fanatic!

I keep telling friends and family that no other phone comes close to the Classic.

Watts: What makes you say that? How is the Classic useful to your lifestyle?

Eicher: I mostly use the phone to write down ideas I have for either job and to set reminders so that I remember to do certain tasks. I’m also able to instantly read and reply to emails faster than with any other devices. This helps me stay in contact with colleagues or handle bookings for shows and parties.

Other than that the Classic helps me stay on top of social networking and to check news on-the-go.

Watts: How are the features and core experiences of the device working out for you?

Eicher: I love the combination of BlackBerry OS and Android apps. There’s a much wider option to app stores now. I also like that the icon layout has more shape and a bigger display.

The highlight of the Classic is most definitely BlackBerry Blend. Being able to access files on my laptop too is amazing! It saves me time because I don’t have to backup my files first in order to get access to them. I can do it directly from Blend.

It’s even nice that I don’t have to open my web browser to access my mail account, I can do all of that with Blend.

Watts: What apps do you use on the Classic?

Eicher: I use Blaq for Twitter, WhatsApp and BBM.

Since I listen to music for the majority of my day, I use Jet Audio Pro from the Amazon App Store. And I use the CrackBerry app of course to stay updated on everything BlackBerry.

Watts: How do you feel about the battery life?

Eicher: Most smartphones I’ve had experience with have a weak battery life. No matter how much I used it I would have to charge it at least once a day.

The BlackBerry Classic has a fantastic battery life. I’m able to work on it consistently and only charge it every other day.

Watts: Is there anything specific that you like about Classic that you weren’t able to do on other devices?

Eicher: I like having all of my notifications in one spot thanks to the BlackBerry Hub.

That feature alone makes it easy to promptly reply to contacts. But in general, BlackBerry provides the safest phones. I don’t have too many privacy concerns because I know I’m safe with BlackBerry.

Watts: How would you rate the Classic?

Eicher: I would rate it a 9.5.

Pricing and Availability

Work in the front, party in the back? The BlackBerry Classic can help you complete your next project or party playlist.

In the United States, AT&T has made available the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic via att.com and in AT&T retail stores. Read the positive reviews after the AT&T launch last month. Verizon is also offering the BlackBerry Classic. In Canada, Rogers and Telus are carrying both phones.

North American customers can also purchase the BlackBerry Classic online through Amazon.com, and U.S. and Canadian customers go directly to ShopBlackBerry.

Check here for availability in your region.*

*NOTE: Pricing varies by region.

Are you making music with your productivity gains on the Classic? Let us know in the comments below!

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/C9b3tNO2_k0/

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The BlackBerry Classic is Music to this DJ’s Ears. Why?

dj classic pic

If you think spinning discs for parties is easy, think again. There’s a lot of coordination required – both in managing the business and making the music – and having the right tools for the job is essential.

Emanuel Eicher, a school assistant for children with special educational needs by day and DJ by night, uses his BlackBerry Classic to keep track of lesson plans and his student’s needs, as well as booking parties and tweeting from @iamselectaiman.

Also read our other Q&As with satisfied BlackBerry Classic users, including this Toronto Maple Leafs executive, this arts photographer, and this high-tech CTO. And read our roundups of media reviews of the BlackBerry Classic HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE.

Watts: What drew you to the BlackBerry Classic?

Eicher: I wanted a “classic” phone with a keyboard and trackpad. I had an Android phone and still wanted access to Android apps in addition to BlackBerry apps.

I also like BBM and have discovered that no other phone provider provides an email experience like BlackBerry, so it was an easy decision to make.

My first experience with BlackBerry was with a Curve 8520 and I loved the keyboard and trackpad combination. I’ve gone back to my roots since getting the Classic and have become a fanatic!

I keep telling friends and family that no other phone comes close to the Classic.

Watts: What makes you say that? How is the Classic useful to your lifestyle?

Eicher: I mostly use the phone to write down ideas I have for either job and to set reminders so that I remember to do certain tasks. I’m also able to instantly read and reply to emails faster than with any other devices. This helps me stay in contact with colleagues or handle bookings for shows and parties.

Other than that the Classic helps me stay on top of social networking and to check news on-the-go.

Watts: How are the features and core experiences of the device working out for you?

Eicher: I love the combination of BlackBerry OS and Android apps. There’s a much wider option to app stores now. I also like that the icon layout has more shape and a bigger display.

The highlight of the Classic is most definitely BlackBerry Blend. Being able to access files on my laptop too is amazing! It saves me time because I don’t have to backup my files first in order to get access to them. I can do it directly from Blend.

It’s even nice that I don’t have to open my web browser to access my mail account, I can do all of that with Blend.

Watts: What apps do you use on the Classic?

Eicher: I use Blaq for Twitter, WhatsApp and BBM.

Since I listen to music for the majority of my day, I use Jet Audio Pro from the Amazon App Store. And I use the CrackBerry app of course to stay updated on everything BlackBerry.

Watts: How do you feel about the battery life?

Eicher: Most smartphones I’ve had experience with have a weak battery life. No matter how much I used it I would have to charge it at least once a day.

The BlackBerry Classic has a fantastic battery life. I’m able to work on it consistently and only charge it every other day.

Watts: Is there anything specific that you like about Classic that you weren’t able to do on other devices?

Eicher: I like having all of my notifications in one spot thanks to the BlackBerry Hub.

That feature alone makes it easy to promptly reply to contacts. But in general, BlackBerry provides the safest phones. I don’t have too many privacy concerns because I know I’m safe with BlackBerry.

Watts: How would you rate the Classic?

Eicher: I would rate it a 9.5.

Pricing and Availability

Work in the front, party in the back? The BlackBerry Classic can help you complete your next project or party playlist.

In the United States, AT&T has made available the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic via att.com and in AT&T retail stores. Read the positive reviews after the AT&T launch last month. Verizon is also offering the BlackBerry Classic. In Canada, Rogers and Telus are carrying both phones.

North American customers can also purchase the BlackBerry Classic online through Amazon.com, and U.S. and Canadian customers go directly to ShopBlackBerry.

Check here for availability in your region.*

*NOTE: Pricing varies by region.

Are you making music with your productivity gains on the Classic? Let us know in the comments below!

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/C9b3tNO2_k0/

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The BlackBerry Classic is Music to this DJ’s Ears. Why?

dj classic pic

If you think spinning discs for parties is easy, think again. There’s a lot of coordination required – both in managing the business and making the music – and having the right tools for the job is essential.

Emanuel Eicher, a school assistant for children with special educational needs by day and DJ by night, uses his BlackBerry Classic to keep track of lesson plans and his student’s needs, as well as booking parties and tweeting from @iamselectaiman.

Also read our other Q&As with satisfied BlackBerry Classic users, including this Toronto Maple Leafs executive, this arts photographer, and this high-tech CTO. And read our roundups of media reviews of the BlackBerry Classic HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE.

Watts: What drew you to the BlackBerry Classic?

Eicher: I wanted a “classic” phone with a keyboard and trackpad. I had an Android phone and still wanted access to Android apps in addition to BlackBerry apps.

I also like BBM and have discovered that no other phone provider provides an email experience like BlackBerry, so it was an easy decision to make.

My first experience with BlackBerry was with a Curve 8520 and I loved the keyboard and trackpad combination. I’ve gone back to my roots since getting the Classic and have become a fanatic!

I keep telling friends and family that no other phone comes close to the Classic.

Watts: What makes you say that? How is the Classic useful to your lifestyle?

Eicher: I mostly use the phone to write down ideas I have for either job and to set reminders so that I remember to do certain tasks. I’m also able to instantly read and reply to emails faster than with any other devices. This helps me stay in contact with colleagues or handle bookings for shows and parties.

Other than that the Classic helps me stay on top of social networking and to check news on-the-go.

Watts: How are the features and core experiences of the device working out for you?

Eicher: I love the combination of BlackBerry OS and Android apps. There’s a much wider option to app stores now. I also like that the icon layout has more shape and a bigger display.

The highlight of the Classic is most definitely BlackBerry Blend. Being able to access files on my laptop too is amazing! It saves me time because I don’t have to backup my files first in order to get access to them. I can do it directly from Blend.

It’s even nice that I don’t have to open my web browser to access my mail account, I can do all of that with Blend.

Watts: What apps do you use on the Classic?

Eicher: I use Blaq for Twitter, WhatsApp and BBM.

Since I listen to music for the majority of my day, I use Jet Audio Pro from the Amazon App Store. And I use the CrackBerry app of course to stay updated on everything BlackBerry.

Watts: How do you feel about the battery life?

Eicher: Most smartphones I’ve had experience with have a weak battery life. No matter how much I used it I would have to charge it at least once a day.

The BlackBerry Classic has a fantastic battery life. I’m able to work on it consistently and only charge it every other day.

Watts: Is there anything specific that you like about Classic that you weren’t able to do on other devices?

Eicher: I like having all of my notifications in one spot thanks to the BlackBerry Hub.

That feature alone makes it easy to promptly reply to contacts. But in general, BlackBerry provides the safest phones. I don’t have too many privacy concerns because I know I’m safe with BlackBerry.

Watts: How would you rate the Classic?

Eicher: I would rate it a 9.5.

Pricing and Availability

Work in the front, party in the back? The BlackBerry Classic can help you complete your next project or party playlist.

In the United States, AT&T has made available the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic via att.com and in AT&T retail stores. Read the positive reviews after the AT&T launch last month. Verizon is also offering the BlackBerry Classic. In Canada, Rogers and Telus are carrying both phones.

North American customers can also purchase the BlackBerry Classic online through Amazon.com, and U.S. and Canadian customers go directly to ShopBlackBerry.

Check here for availability in your region.*

*NOTE: Pricing varies by region.

Are you making music with your productivity gains on the Classic? Let us know in the comments below!

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/C9b3tNO2_k0/

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The BlackBerry Classic is Music to this DJ’s Ears. Why?

dj classic pic

If you think spinning discs for parties is easy, think again. There’s a lot of coordination required – both in managing the business and making the music – and having the right tools for the job is essential.

Emanuel Eicher, a school assistant for children with special educational needs by day and DJ by night, uses his BlackBerry Classic to keep track of lesson plans and his student’s needs, as well as booking parties and tweeting from @iamselectaiman.

Also read our other Q&As with satisfied BlackBerry Classic users, including this Toronto Maple Leafs executive, this arts photographer, and this high-tech CTO. And read our roundups of media reviews of the BlackBerry Classic HEREHEREHEREHEREHEREHERE and HERE.

Watts: What drew you to the BlackBerry Classic?

Eicher: I wanted a “classic” phone with a keyboard and trackpad. I had an Android phone and still wanted access to Android apps in addition to BlackBerry apps.

I also like BBM and have discovered that no other phone provider provides an email experience like BlackBerry, so it was an easy decision to make.

My first experience with BlackBerry was with a Curve 8520 and I loved the keyboard and trackpad combination. I’ve gone back to my roots since getting the Classic and have become a fanatic!

I keep telling friends and family that no other phone comes close to the Classic.

Watts: What makes you say that? How is the Classic useful to your lifestyle?

Eicher: I mostly use the phone to write down ideas I have for either job and to set reminders so that I remember to do certain tasks. I’m also able to instantly read and reply to emails faster than with any other devices. This helps me stay in contact with colleagues or handle bookings for shows and parties.

Other than that the Classic helps me stay on top of social networking and to check news on-the-go.

Watts: How are the features and core experiences of the device working out for you?

Eicher: I love the combination of BlackBerry OS and Android apps. There’s a much wider option to app stores now. I also like that the icon layout has more shape and a bigger display.

The highlight of the Classic is most definitely BlackBerry Blend. Being able to access files on my laptop too is amazing! It saves me time because I don’t have to backup my files first in order to get access to them. I can do it directly from Blend.

It’s even nice that I don’t have to open my web browser to access my mail account, I can do all of that with Blend.

Watts: What apps do you use on the Classic?

Eicher: I use Blaq for Twitter, WhatsApp and BBM.

Since I listen to music for the majority of my day, I use Jet Audio Pro from the Amazon App Store. And I use the CrackBerry app of course to stay updated on everything BlackBerry.

Watts: How do you feel about the battery life?

Eicher: Most smartphones I’ve had experience with have a weak battery life. No matter how much I used it I would have to charge it at least once a day.

The BlackBerry Classic has a fantastic battery life. I’m able to work on it consistently and only charge it every other day.

Watts: Is there anything specific that you like about Classic that you weren’t able to do on other devices?

Eicher: I like having all of my notifications in one spot thanks to the BlackBerry Hub.

That feature alone makes it easy to promptly reply to contacts. But in general, BlackBerry provides the safest phones. I don’t have too many privacy concerns because I know I’m safe with BlackBerry.

Watts: How would you rate the Classic?

Eicher: I would rate it a 9.5.

Pricing and Availability

Work in the front, party in the back? The BlackBerry Classic can help you complete your next project or party playlist.

In the United States, AT&T has made available the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic via att.com and in AT&T retail stores. Read the positive reviews after the AT&T launch last month. Verizon is also offering the BlackBerry Classic. In Canada, Rogers and Telus are carrying both phones.

North American customers can also purchase the BlackBerry Classic online through Amazon.com, and U.S. and Canadian customers go directly to ShopBlackBerry.

Check here for availability in your region.*

*NOTE: Pricing varies by region.

Are you making music with your productivity gains on the Classic? Let us know in the comments below!

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/C9b3tNO2_k0/

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