This Weekend’s Contest is entitled ‘What is RIM Launching Autumn 2006?â€™ The reason for the contest is because in yesterday’s conference call with investors, co-CEO Jim Balsillie said “Oh boy, autumn of 2006 is going to be special,” referring to new products and services that RIM is planning on launching. This is a very strange move for RIM, especially seeing how RIM has historically been tight-lipped when talking about new products.
So what can this new product or service be that is making RIM’s CEO all giddy like a little boy. Leaked pictures of the Cingular 7130c were leaked last week but that can’t be it because it’s not an entirely new device. A preview of BES 5.0 will be presented at RIM’s trade show Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2006 in May, and when a new version of BES comes out then a new handheld OS is always close behind. But can RIM be that excited for a new OS? Probably not, but what if the new OS was bundled with an entirely new device, say the new consumer Blackberry that has been in the works.
Our guess is that we will finally see the consumer Blackberry this autumn. The reason for our guess is the Samsung T719, the new Samsung device with Suretype first revealed a few days ago at CTIA. Just like the automotive industry where collaboration between competing companies is nothing new, collaboration between RIM and Samsung makes sense. Samsung gets the SureType technology and probably some expertise in developing for the enterprise market. Whereas RIM gets technical expertise from Samsung in developing consumer devices.
But our guess is as good as yours. Post your own thoughts on what RIM is planning to drop autumn and you can win 1 of 3 copies of WGarage: Reverse Lookup, the program that allows you to see who called.