John Paczkowski

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A Porsche-Designed, $2,250 BlackBerry. Yeah, That’ll Fix Everything.

bb-stockDilapidated smartphone pioneer BlackBerry couldn’t sell enough of its new $300 BlackBerry 10 handsets to avoid a calamitous second-quarter loss, and it’s hard to imagine a new $2,250 model will sell any better. Yet the oblivious BlackBerry is pressing on with the super-premium handset, maybe figuring that at that price, it doesn’t have to move that many units.

BlackBerry, which recently failed to close a deal to take itself private, on Tuesday uncrated a luxury handset developed in cooperation with Porsche Design. Dubbed the P’9982, the device is essentially a more ostentatious version of the poorly received BlackBerry Z10, crafted from stainless steel and crocodile leather, and — bizarrely — touted with a “special series of PIN numbers” that will make its owners “instantly recognizable in the exclusive world of Porsche Design smartphone owners.”

Astonishing.

If there’s a believable rationale for marketing a fancy-pants version of the smartphone that forced you to write off nearly $1 billion in unsold inventory earlier this year, I can’t think of one; the fact that this thing was in BlackBerry’s pipeline at all is troubling. Great excuse for a painfully ironic unboxing video, though.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik