I don’t know if I’ve ever read a better interview with RIM’s Co-CEO Jim Balsillie than the one I just stumbled upon by the National Post. The publication’s Emily Mathieu was able to connect with Balsillie over his 8700 (he also carries a Pearl, carrying two for demonstrative purposes). Jim is a straight-shooter, weighing in on topics from Jeb Bush’s portrait, CrackBerry addiction (apparently he knows his limits and abides by them), and, for the first time, Balsillie gives his two cents on the Apple iPhone. His comments may surprise some…
Are you ever going to try the Apple iPhone? Would you ever buy one?
Balsillie: Apple has done us a great service by legitimizing the connected appliance. They have done a great service to the industry by saying you should expect music on your phone. You buy a BlackBerry it’s bundled with music and you can load music on it. Like the Barenaked Ladies… You look at the Barenaked Ladies and a bunch of (artists) that are bundled on the BlackBerry — and Rogers will be announcing a music store that you can buy on your phone. So they’ve done us a great service.
The long and short of it is: no, Balsillie will not be dropping coin to pick up an iPhone. And what’s that about Rogers announcing a music store? Apparently OTA song downloads are on their way, too. It’s great having a company head that doesn’t really blow smoke (or wear ridiculous black turtlenecks). This read is highly recommended for anyone doubting RIM’s future.