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Readers fear for the worst in possible sale of BlackBerry

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mi-460-bb-future.jpg BlackBerry announced the possibility it could put the company up for sale in the near future. (Geoff Robins/Canadian Press) 

BlackBerry's stock rose after the Canadian company said it would launch a formal review of "strategic alternatives" that could potentially include selling the company. 

The one-time tech superstar said it would consider joint ventures and partnerships, but the prospect of actually selling the Canadian company is what sparked a wide variety of responses from our readers. 

Many feared the announcement would lead to the loss of Canadian jobs and creative control in the technology industry.

"Blackberry is like a beacon of light in the Canadian technological landscape," wrote ode to a mouse. "It is sad to watch it fade." on cbcnews.ca 

"Blackberry is a Canadian company it should stay Canadian owned," Patpatterson wrote. 

Some defended the brand's ability to continue to make quality smartphones capable of all the same features as its counterparts. 

"Blackberry is important to Canadians because it is one of a few global technical companies in Canada where our sons and daughters can work at creative jobs, not just routine support or implementation or already designed technology, wrote Proud_Canadian

"Call me a die-hard, but the Z10 is a fast phone and does the things I need it to do well...If the choice is reasonable (i.e., the Canadian choice is as good or close to as good) then I urge you to buy Canadian. We will do well to keep creative jobs in Canada." 

"This is sad. BlackBerry's products are vastly superior to others on the market - but some people are fooled by jazzy marketing and a brand name." wrote Greggore. 

But others pointed out that, while the technology is still a tough competitor, the management and lack of applications could have contributed to the company being left in the dust of Apple, Android and others taking over the scene. 

"Blackberry phones have NO meaningful apps and without apps, BB smartphones are firing on only half their cylinders," zapdam said. 

"BB may be superior in features that IT professionals care about, but they were vastly inferior in features that mainstream phone buyers care about. And like it or not, that's where the money is!" EInOtttawa wrote. 

"Blackberry is failing because not a lot of people are sharing your view of 'Z10 is a fast phone and does the things I need it to do well.'... I was loyal BB user but left them because they broke a number of promises. Most recent one is their promise of upgrading Playbook OS to BB10. They said they will not do it after a year of promising it was coming. No more Blackberry for me," Canada14 replied. 

"No one's to be blamed for this but the company themselves...This company at one point had 97% of the smartphone market. They took their customers and their monopoly for granted by not introducing anything new and revolutionized in the smart phone market (e.g. Google, Samsung, iPhone)... They shot themselves on the leg by being arrogant, wrote rohail19

"[Something] similar is happening to Apple if they don't change their ways and come out with something newer with their next-generation iPhone devices... These companies need to understand consumers are getting smarter and want more and more out of their products everyday." 

Security on the Canadian company's smartphones is so trusted that that both new phones, the Z10 and Q10, made a "critical step forward in the security certification process" by the U.S. Department of Defence this month. 

The phones have authority to operate on Pentagon networks, making them the first smartphones to be supported on the U.S. defence network. Those security features are what some readers say would suffer the most if the company was sold. 

"For the mere reason of security, this country has to remain Canadian. Not American, Canadian," Greggore wrote. 

"Blackberry uses encryption algorithms to protect data in transit which provides very strong security compared to competitors like Apple," CaptainKangeroo wrote. "Even Obama used a BlackBerry. When it seems security is important for everyone you would think sales would be flourishing. Definitely makes you wonder who is behind all this bad media attention. Lots of groups out there that don't want you to have any privacy whatsoever."

"It appears that encryption is not that big of a selling feature...the share price proves that. The market is 15 to 30-year-olds....the colour of the phone is more important than encryption to that demographic," robotech replied. 

What do you think would be the biggest concern if the company was sold? What are the most unique features of the BlackBerry phones?

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