For a min I thought Nokia N series :-| Nokia N series are probably the best series nokia has produced. Anyways Blackberry is too much dependent on its next OS release (B10) which is scheduled for January next year. If it flops,the company is doomed.
Well they will really have to perform or split their businesses and sell out. They have even hinted to that extent they may even try out licensing their BB10 OS & also separating out their enterprise stuff from BB phone manufacturing. At best though they can hope to consolidate the No.3 position in the smartphone market.
too bad for them, the demand for their enterprise platform has probably lessened comprehensively in the recent years. more and more companies are shifting to iphone and android platforms which means that they are also ditching their enterprise services on their local network.
The primary alternative to using BlackBerry Enterprise Server is to use the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS). BlackBerry Internet Service is available in 91 countries internationally. BlackBerry Internet Service was developed primarily for the average consumer rather than for the business consumer. The service also allows users to access POP3, IMAP, and Outlook Web App (not via Exchange ActiveSync) email accounts without connecting through a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). BlackBerry Internet Service allows up to 10 email accounts to be accessed, including proprietary as well as public email accounts (such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL). BlackBerry Internet Service also allows for the function of the push capabilities in various other BlackBerry Applications. Various applications developed by RIM for BlackBerry utilize the push capabilities of BIS, such as the Instant Messaging clients (like Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger). The MMS, PIN, interactive gaming, mapping and trading applications require data plans like BIS (not just Wi-Fi) for usage. The service is usually provisioned through a mobile phone service provider, though Research In Motion (RIM) (BlackBerry's developer) actually runs the service.
CN Beta has a pair of enticing images purporting to be the forthcoming keyboard-packing N-Series from RIM. The picture of the back, sadly, is the sharper of the two, but the above shot still gives a pretty clear look at what may well be the BlackBerry 10 handset for those power users who just can't say goodbye to the world of physical keyboards.