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All posts tagged "RIM"

  • Heins: BlackBerry could license BB10, has to be ‘successful’ first

    It is no secret that RIM has been struggling lately. Apple and Samsung rule the roost, with various other smartphone manufacturers taking large cuts out of BlackBerry's previous market share. But until now we have been hearing mostly that it's just a quieter period for the Canadian company, that it is just building its new operating system for the future. In a recent interview with German newspaper Welt, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins spoke about that future. Reading it in a tongue in cheek manner, what he says could be interpreted as showing how much of struggle RIM is actually...

  • RIM losing ground to competitors in big business

    It appears Research In Motion is fighting the market share war on multiple fronts, having already lost substantial ground among the general public, the corporate market looks primed to follow. A new research report from IDC, suggests that the Canadian manufacturer is projected to lose its number one position as "corporate-liable operating system device" to Apple by the end of 2012. The report does not make for easy reading as far as BlackBerry is concerned, who have not been able to gain much traction amid the release of new iOS and Android devices. This has consequently led to the...

  • RIM’s biggest challenge: mindshare

    San Jose, California. Colloquially referred to as the Capital of Silicon Valley and also the venue for this year's BlackBerry Jam Americas 2012 (formerly BlackBerry DevCon) -- a convenient location, or maybe there's symbolism here: an embattled company having a call to arms a stone's throw away from Cupertino. As the event went on, I picked up on a sense of understated confidence. It wasn't swagger. It's the type of confidence rooted in assiduous work -- derision be damned. While it's too early to call RIM's fate, I came away feeling optimistic. We noted how RIM's stock started to spike...

  • It’s not over until RIM says it’s over

    I have grown exceedingly weary of the relentless churn of doomsday articles targeted at RIM. Most analysis articles are merely sports commentary disguised as opinion. Foghorning RIM’s demise is as mainstream as it comes. Yes, the company is bleeding. Axiomatically so by means of RIM’s latest earnings results, but it’s only over when RIM says it's over. Everyone has their opinions (motives). Traders heap on the gloom in the hopes of snapping up stock at rock bottom prices and reaping the benefits of buyout premiums should the axe drop. Competitors feed on negative scuttlebutt. Somewhere a BlackBerry lover reads the...

  • MTN introduces cut price BlackBerry service plans

    South African mobile operator MTN is launching three new low-tier packages aimed at making the BlackBerry service even more affordable. The news comes hot on the heels of RIM’s latest earnings call, during which the BlackBerry smartphone maker singled out South Africa as being one of its strongest and growing markets. For about a quarter of the regular price, the BlackBerry Messaging Plan allows email and BBM use, but no web browsing. Only...

  • RIM vs. Nokia: The fall from grace, divergent strategies and the future

    In the wake of Nokia’s announcement of an additional 10 000 layoffs, the media has devolved into histrionics. Some are writing eulogies, while others are citing the announcement as a harbinger for the "end of the European dream," referring to Nokia’s reported fall from grace as Europe’s strongest mobile phone competitor. There’s no denying things are dire for Nokia. As it stands today, the total number of layoffs since Stephen Elop took over as CEO in September of 2010 stands at 40 000. Nokia’s stock price has continued to decline to one of its lowest points in the venerable...

  • Can RIM strike it lucky with BlackBerry 10?

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) is not in the best of health at the moment. Its latest hope for a miracle cure comes in the shape of the BlackBerry 10 platform, which it launched today at BlackBerry World in Orlando Florida. The company claims that developers and top brands are already on board with the new platform, although it's clearly hoping to woo more in. Any developer that attends the company's BlackBerry 10 Jam will be given a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. This is hardly a new ploy for RIM, having given out free PlayBooks to developers...

  • RIM to open first African development centre in Egypt

    BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) is set to open its first developer centre on the continent. According to daily news site Ahram Online, the centre will be based in Smart Village -- a dedicated business and tech park -- just outside Cairo and will hire Egyptian software engineers. RIM says it was drawn to Egypt because of the role technology played in organising protests during the country's 2011 revolution. According to...

  • RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie retires on the heels of dire earnings results

    No one should have been surprised by RIM’s year-end and fiscal Q4 earnings results, but then again no one expected RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie's retirement to come at the same time. Three months ago we reported that Balsillie and RIM’s other co-founder Mike Lazaridis stepped down from their co-CEO positions to sit on RIM’s board, while then COO Thorsten Heins was promoted to new chief executive officer. Balsillie’s retirement ends his 20 year run with Canada’s leading smartphone maker. As I complete my retirement from RIM, I'm grateful for this remarkable experience and for the opportunity to have worked with outstanding...

  • Xtreme Data: Paving the way for BlackBerry killers in emerging markets?

    Quick, make a list of all the reasons BlackBerry is still so big in emerging markets. High up on anyone’s list is the fact that BlackBerry devices all offer unlimited web browsing, email, and instant chat in the form of BBM for a minimal, flat fee. The thing that allows BlackBerry to provide all of these things for a monthly flat fee is called BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS). But what if you could...

  • RIM looks to expand Indian footprint

    RIM is looking to expand its BlackBerry sales presence in India to 160 cities, more than doubling its current retail footprint. According to the Times of India, the Canadian-based manufacturer will also be bringing out a slew of new devices onto the market. Although RIM has struggled in established markets in recent times, it is still a force to be reckoned with in emerging markets. India is no exception as RIM looks to...

  • The big BlackBerry shuffle

    The new year has started with some pretty big tech upheavals. The tech and mobile industry is heaving with new products, new deals, and now new CEOs. Research In Motion, (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry solution, announced on Sunday that the founders and co-CEOs of the company Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie had resigned, and that Thorsten Heins, a former Siemens executive who joined the Canadian company only four years ago would take over as CEO with immediate effect. RIM was founded in 1985 by Lazaridis, who was joined in 1992 by Balsillie. The latter mortgaged his home and invested...

  • Gearburn’s BlackBerry Torch 9810 Review

    It feels like RIM’s current range of products is dwarfed by the melodrama of a flailing company desperately trying to reinvent itself. Pundits are looking ahead to RIM’s first OS 10 device, the “London”, hailing it is as the smartphone maker from Ontario's final chance at redemption. Meanwhile, oblivious consumers, especially in RIM's stalwart EMEA regions, continue to walk into carrier outlets and ask for the BlackBerry brand. If they want the best...

  • 5 big tech stories to look out for in 2012

    I saw a joke going around recently … according to tech-experts at Apple, 2012 is actually 2011S. Rather funny, considering I just got myself an iPhone 4S a week ago. It looks and feels exactly like the iPhone4. I upgraded from the iPhone 3GS, so it was a big shift for me, but it really does look the same. Hopefully 2012 will be a little more exciting than a rehash of 2011. So what do the big giants in the Industry say is going to happen in 2012? Firstly, I suppose, we have to acknowledge that the Euro is still...

  • When the tech market cries ‘unfair’, look behind the numbers

    Share prices are the barometer of market sentiment about companies, but when investors complain that the market is being "unfair", one needs to look beneath the numbers. That’s one argument where in Research in Motion(RIM), Apple and Microsoft would agree. When the share price of RIM recently reached a new seven-year-low, dipping below $17 for the first time since 2004, it represented not only a massive 75% fall from its high for 2010, but also a 30% drop from the day after the end of the October BlackBerry outage -- when its share price seemed to stabilise at around $24....