BlackBerry Ltd Devices Still Popular, But Among Phone Thieves

BlackBerry Ltd Devices Still Popular, But Among Phone Thieves
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BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) may be suffering from a declining user base in the wake of fierce competition from Android and iOS, but it is still a popular brand among thieves. The Canadian smartphone maker’s phones are one of the most-stolen smartphones in the United Kingdom, according to data released by the Home Office.

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Many BlackBerry models on theft list

The BlackBerry 9790 model is targeted by thieves most after the iPhone. According to the data, the most-stolen phones are all iPhone models followed by BlackBerry smartphones. Samsung and HTC devices are also on the list.

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 5 is the most sought-after phone by thieves, followed by the iPhone 5C, 5S and 4S in the top four. Apart from the Blackberry 9790, other devices from the manufacturer that are in the top 20 are the Blackberry 8520, Z10, 3G, 9900 and 9780.

Other smartphone brands that made the top 20 list are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, HTC One X, One S and One, iPhone 4, and Samsung Galaxy Note.

New security apps working

The Home Office noted that after iOS 7 was rigged with new security features, the black market value of the handsets was reduced. New apps and tools which led to tracking and locking of the stolen device are also key factors in reducing black market value.

“The mobile phone industry is already taking vital action to introduce features that enable phones to be tracked and wiped if they are stolen,” said home secretary Theresa May, who added that the new and innovative security tools have pulled down the theft rate by 10% in the last year.

According to The Home Office, the reasons behind a phone being stolen are many, including the “desirability of the phone and ease of accessing personal data along with the potential risk of being tracked after stealing.” Further, the data reveals that mostly iPhones are stolen directly from their owners either through pick-pocketing or when the owner is not around the phone on a table or at a bar. Those aged between 14 and 24 are usually the victims of theft, along with women.

The report concluded that there were 742,000 incidents of mobile phone theft in England and Wales over the past 12 months, while last year, the figure was 100,000, according to the Metropolitan Police Service in London.

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  1. hey DEVVV, why don’t you peddle this great idea of yours to Apple. they are the only one with no innovation in the last couple of years.

  2. You should learn to use the words “In my opinion” because that’s all your words are, is your opinion. Please stop pretending that you are the source of fact. Maybe then you will get some respect from the rest of the world, because currently, based off of how people talk down to you, you have none.

  3. We had a Q10 stolen last month and we went on and bricked it so no one could use it. We could tell exactly when it was taken and the tracking shut off on it.

  4. You obviously care because you constantly troll BlackBerry articles. Stop lying to us and yourself and come to accept the fact that you are severely damaged emotionally from being rejected.

  5. well its there loss for not investigating, and if they never do I don’t really care they stand to lose way more then I. Futhermore I would not submit any information unless my terms and condition are met not theirs. I am holding the card to their success not Chen.

  6. In your own words “You remind me of BlackBerry assuming something without knowing for sure”.

    To clarify why I quoted that is because you just stated your opinion of a future possibility to be a definitive truth. That’s quite the assumption if you ask me and speaks volumes of your cockiness. If you presented your product with that kind of attitude to BlackBerry, I can’t blame them for turning you down immediately. It wasn’t the product’s fault, it was a defect of the person selling it.

    Be gone hypocrite as you lack enough intelligence to realize that you speak from both sides of your mouth.

  7. I know I am right because I saw what the Passport looks like as the Z10 and Q10. Blackberry did not see my device otherwise they would know for sure that it would work. I know for a fact that Chen would accept this new design it beats the Iphone6 design all to he**

  8. Your words, not mine:
    – “you remind me of Blackberry assuming something without knowing for sure”
    – “The Passport will fail worse then the Z10 and Q10 in which I predicted will fail prior the launch of BB10 and devices”

    You completely contradict yourself in the same paragraph. How can I take you seriously if you accuse me of something and then turn around do the exact same thing.

    You aren’t a prophet so stop pretending to be one. You may have been right about something before but basic mathematical laws state very clearly, that doesn’t mean you will be right the next time, no matter how much you will it to be.

  9. you remind me of Blackberry assuming something without knowing for sure. Blackberry was meant to investigate and take on this endeavour, they did not so this is what happens. The Passport will fail worse then the Z10 and Q10 in which I predicted will fail prior the launch of BB10 and devices. The hype of the launch of BB10 and devices sent SP up to 18.00 each. Notice that the Passport has not? I don’t think investors will be fooled twice. However did you know that if investors were to learn that Blackberry decided to take a afternoon and listen to this PC related innovative geek that SP would pass the $20 mark and upwards from there.

  10. Stay pressed DEVVV. Your ideas still suck and you know it, so stop blaming BlackBerry for your own failures, grow up, and stop acting like a little kid throwing a temper tantrum.

  11. Apple’s Chinese Suppliers Accused of Labor Violations Ahead of iPhone 6 Launch

    By Polly MosendzSeptember 4, 2014 3:15 PM


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    China Labor Watch, a non-profit watchdog group, has found a number of issues inside Apple’s factories. An investigation conducted along with Green America, determined employees at these overseas suppliers were faced with unsafe working conditions and crazy schedules. They investigated the Catcher Technology factory, a 20,000-person facility that produces parts for the MacBook and iPad, as well as a number of other technology firms, including Sony, HTC, and Motorola.

    In a statement, Todd Larsen, the corporate responsibility director for Green America, said, “The investigation of Catcher Technology raises serious concerns around working conditions in Apple’s second-tier supplier factories. We knew that we needed to make this information public to encourage Apple to take immediate next steps in addressing toxins and unsafe working conditions in their factories as Apple continues to ramp up production of the iPhone 6.”

    Some of the issues inside the factory include aluminum shavings on the floor, dusty conditions (which can be quite flammable conditions), and improper ventilation. Safety exits were blocked and the 20,000 employees have not gone through a fire drill in 2014. The aluminum shavings are of particular note, as they have been linked to prior Apple factory explosions. Apple is aware of this new report and has sent a team to “immediately” investigate.

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    China Labor Watch also found similar issues in 2013, Apple has been dealing with clearly these since that time. “Last year we conducted 451 audits deep into our supply chain so we could uncover problems and work with our suppliers to fix them, and we make it a priority to investigate every specific concern brought to our attention,” the company said in a statement to Re/code.

    Additionally, overtime labor is a problem. Many employees work 10-hour days and China Labor Watch estimates that these employees end up working six hours of unpaid overtime a month. There is a 60-hour workweek limit which Apple believes they are 95 percent compliantwith. Apple offered only a vague comment on that issue, saying “Excessive overtime is not in anyone’s best interest. And we work closely with our suppliers to prevent it.”

  12. Nevertheless due to a new design all iphone users are upgrading. Not many upgraded to the 5S due to they looked the same as the previous model. I did a survey at a few local high schools, this is how I know this. Less then 1% (0.25%) favored the physical keyboard BlackBerry this included the faculty staff.

  13. Didi you know apple crapple 6 is made for as little as 100 by kids in sweatshops in china
    and sold here for 1000 RIP OFFF

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