Weekly Contest: What is RIM’s future?

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No foolin’: it has been a busy week of BlackBerry news — something that our boy Thought can easily attest to. We had announcements of the Virtual BlackBerry Network, the latest and greatest CDMA/GSM (!!) BlackBerry, and news that the true repercussions of RIM’s stock scandal have yet to be felt. The BBCool office can’t agree which piece of news is most important to RIM’s future (we’re a contentious bunch), and that’s where you come in. Post a comment and let us know what you think; the person with the best answer will win 3 free games from Magmic.

LAST WEEK’S WINNER was Joe, who not only sounded like he truly meant that he was willing to sell his girlfriend to get BlackBerry service back up, but that he was looking for another opportunity to prove it.

  • Joe

    hey, just wanted to say im glad you guys liked my post last week, and that it was straight from the heart. i was wondering how you guys wanted to contact me for my personal info tho and thought ide leave my email here: joede224@gmail.com. oh and goodluck to all the people participating this week!

  • Joe

    hey, just wanted to say im glad you guys liked my post last week, and that it was straight from the heart. i was wondering how you guys wanted to contact me for my personal info tho and thought ide leave my email here: joede224@gmail.com. oh and goodluck to all the people participating this week!

  • Victor Atehortua

    With recent release of porting RIM OS to a WM6 device it could be a sign of expansion and hopefully some nice hardware designs. Now the problem here is, at least for me, that while they-the hardware- are not as sleek as others they have the possibility of resisting most normal wear and tear. So now what to their future, I believe that it is possible to assume that it go two ways, (1) being of expansion and growth or (2) the downfall due to their stock problem. Although from what we have learned from the past they are good at bouncing back and with the projected releases both for software and hardware it i more likely that they will come out on top. I like BB and think that by making stable software and strong hardware they will most likely reach higher status than now.

    So what then of the iPhone well if it’s as good as they say BB will loose some users not many but a few and those that it looses will be more of the newer users than the die hard fans. From my point of view the iPhone is a great device and will push the market as far as development but not really dominate the business user entirely.

    So as for the future of RIM, with the release of 8800 series we have an expansion into other data delivery methods that will not only help cement their hold on a certain type of user that will demand information and actually use that information for more than a few minutes. And the ever so mention 9xxx series will be an even bigger push into the market. For this push to be strong they will need to develop better support html and other web formats, as well email, although given the devices they will have to be different than that of apple.

    One last thing that will aid BB into a positive future, the opening of their multimedia API will also help in develop better services and applications for both current and up and coming devices.

  • Victor Atehortua

    With recent release of porting RIM OS to a WM6 device it could be a sign of expansion and hopefully some nice hardware designs. Now the problem here is, at least for me, that while they-the hardware- are not as sleek as others they have the possibility of resisting most normal wear and tear. So now what to their future, I believe that it is possible to assume that it go two ways, (1) being of expansion and growth or (2) the downfall due to their stock problem. Although from what we have learned from the past they are good at bouncing back and with the projected releases both for software and hardware it i more likely that they will come out on top. I like BB and think that by making stable software and strong hardware they will most likely reach higher status than now.

    So what then of the iPhone well if it’s as good as they say BB will loose some users not many but a few and those that it looses will be more of the newer users than the die hard fans. From my point of view the iPhone is a great device and will push the market as far as development but not really dominate the business user entirely.

    So as for the future of RIM, with the release of 8800 series we have an expansion into other data delivery methods that will not only help cement their hold on a certain type of user that will demand information and actually use that information for more than a few minutes. And the ever so mention 9xxx series will be an even bigger push into the market. For this push to be strong they will need to develop better support html and other web formats, as well email, although given the devices they will have to be different than that of apple.

    One last thing that will aid BB into a positive future, the opening of their multimedia API will also help in develop better services and applications for both current and up and coming devices.

  • Jason

    I think the first two you mention – the RIM OS on WM6 and the new phone – will be the stories we look to in several years. Why? I think you nicely summed it up in your title for the first article: RIM realizes they’ve got a great product and they’re doing everything they can to “extend their dominance.”

    This includes things like the aforementioned advances, but it involves subtler things as well. The radical departure the Pearl made from previous Blackberries should make it clear that RIM is enlarging their sphere of influence and is making (quite successful inroads) into the consumer market.

    Just like the “iPod halo” boosted Mac sales, I think RIM’s targeting of the consumer/prosumer market will only help their bottom line and street cred. I wasn’t interested in Blackberries until a few weeks ago when I met the Pearl – now I’m in love with it.

    There are a lot of folks in the world just like me… meaning that we’ve only seen the beginning of RIM’s moves to put a Blackberry in the hands of every CEO. And their teenage son.

  • Jason

    I think the first two you mention – the RIM OS on WM6 and the new phone – will be the stories we look to in several years. Why? I think you nicely summed it up in your title for the first article: RIM realizes they’ve got a great product and they’re doing everything they can to “extend their dominance.”

    This includes things like the aforementioned advances, but it involves subtler things as well. The radical departure the Pearl made from previous Blackberries should make it clear that RIM is enlarging their sphere of influence and is making (quite successful inroads) into the consumer market.

    Just like the “iPod halo” boosted Mac sales, I think RIM’s targeting of the consumer/prosumer market will only help their bottom line and street cred. I wasn’t interested in Blackberries until a few weeks ago when I met the Pearl – now I’m in love with it.

    There are a lot of folks in the world just like me… meaning that we’ve only seen the beginning of RIM’s moves to put a Blackberry in the hands of every CEO. And their teenage son.

  • Phoneaddict

    Blackberry connect/virtual blackberry will gain ubiquity.

    The future of RIM is as a software shop, both for the client software on devices and for the back end enterprise integration.

    The hardware will eventually become commoditized (though they have done a lovely job in staying current)

    They already have the carriers and enterprise market in pocket.

    By remaining independent, RIM will ensure widespread acceptance of its client software on a real volume share of handsets WM6, S60, etc…

  • Phoneaddict

    Blackberry connect/virtual blackberry will gain ubiquity.

    The future of RIM is as a software shop, both for the client software on devices and for the back end enterprise integration.

    The hardware will eventually become commoditized (though they have done a lovely job in staying current)

    They already have the carriers and enterprise market in pocket.

    By remaining independent, RIM will ensure widespread acceptance of its client software on a real volume share of handsets WM6, S60, etc…

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