In this edition of the Digital Zone, we talked about:
- Blackberry says ‘Count on us’
- Trump demand larger iPhone
- iPhone 5s dominates the 5c
- Cricket get iPhone
- Delayed delivery
BlackBerry launched a new ad campaign to reassure its jittery customers that the company is around to stay. The company has been struggling in recent months and recently reached a deal to go private, published an open letter to its customers and partners on social media and in 30 newspapers in nine countries, seeking to reassure them that it still has technology to attract users and that it will continue to exist. The letter will appear in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, on Tuesday and will also be posted to the company’s Web site and distributed directly to BlackBerry’s enterprise customers. The company has been rapidly losing market share in smartphones to Apple and Android. BlackBerry recently agreed to go private in a $4.7 billion deal led by Fairfax Financial Holdings. BlackBerry also argued that it has “best in class security” and “best in class enterprise mobility management” that governments and other organizations rely on.
Donald Trump took to Twitter earlier today demanding Apple produce an iPhone with a larger screen saying Apple’s Tim Cook should immediately call Jony Ive into his office and demand that a 6.5-inch iPhone be ready for production within the hour. He shouldn’t tolerate Ive’s prissy insistence that he hasn’t quite got the right feel of curvature for the product. He should hiss with contempt at the mere notion that the precise shade of tangerine matters in the slightest. This thing should ship and ship now.
Apple’s iPhone 5S is more than twice as popular as the company’s iPhone 5C, according to a new report. During September, the iPhone 5S accounted for 64 percent of all Apple smartphone sales, easily topping the iPhone 5C’s 27 percent share, according to data obtained by All Things Digital from research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). Just 9 percent of customers bought the iPhone 4S last month.
Cricket is set to become the latest wireless carrier to offer Apple’s iPhone 5S and 5C. Cricket Communications, which is owned by Leap Wireless and is about to be purchased by AT&T, will offer Apple’s newest smartphones to its customers starting October 25, Customers can preregister their interest at Mycricket.com/register. It’s unclear how much the phones will cost through Cricket, which offers service to customers without contracts. Prepaid customers typically pay full price for a device unless the carrier offers some sort of promotion. The iPhone iPhone 5S starts at $649 without a contact, while the 5C starts at $549.
The U.S. Postal Service has a thing about not letting weather conditions keep carriers from their job. But over in England at least one carrier quailed at the sight of a spiderweb kept the mail from delivery one fateful day. A man in South London says he was waiting for a check to arrive, but instead found a note from the Royal Mail carrier explaining why his mail couldn’t be delivered. It read: “No access — massive spider web in front gate.” His mail was finally delivered by another postal worker the day after.