OnwardMobility: The Definition of Vaporware

God damn it, I got fooled. All us former BlackBerry users got fooled. We were fooled by a big promise from a company that had no plans on fulfilling their promise. Shame on us. Background. About two years ago, BlackBerry announced that their license with Chinese phone company TCL would cease, meaning that the Key…

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I don’t believe you, OnwardMobility.

As you know, I used BlackBerry cell phones for decades. I went through seven different iterations of that physical keyboard phone. And I loved every one of them. Then BlackBerry stopped making their phones. And a Texas-based startup named OnwardMobility claimed they would build a new 5G BlackBerry with a physical keyboard and all the…

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My new Google Pixel 6 Pro phone just earned a gold star.

Let’s have a short pop quiz. What is one of the most annoying things that Chuck has dealt with over the years? There’s someone in the back who’s got his hand up, and doing his best Arnold Horshak imitation right now. So let me explain. I have scribbled many blog posts about those annoying, unstoppable…

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The phone of a pack rat

I couldn’t believe it. Over 500 photos on my phone. Some going back, honestly, nearly half a decade. I shall explain. I’ve owned my BlackBerry KEYone cell phone for the past four-plus years. It was a replacement for my BlackBerry PRIV, which was a fantastic phone until I accidentally dropped it and it banged off…

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A possible puff of smoke from OnwardMobility?

Recap. As I’ve previously blogged, I’m holding onto my BlackBerry KEYone cell phone for dear life. It’s four years old, and my cell phone carrier – Verizon – is rumbling that it may cull this phone and all other BlackBerry phones from their available operating network by the end of 2022. At the same time,…

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Play with your $GME, but stay away from my $BB

By now you’ve heard of the new stock market game, where a series of Redditors have figured out how to game the market and battle against hedge funds to make themselves a sweet pile of cash. I’m already seeing it on my FB feed, where some of my friends have made some serious bank by…

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More than just a “first world problem,” bud.

So yesterday, I posted an update on what I felt was Verizon’s sneaky way to force me to buy a new phone, despite the fact that my current phone – a BlackBerry KEYone – works just fine and does not need any updates or any modifications. The situation is as such.  BlackBerry is no longer…

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