Nokia CEO targets RIM

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Nokia President and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo

Speaking at the Churchill Club, a speakers’ forum for Silicon Valley civic leaders, Nokia President and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo had a few things to say about a variety of his competitors (Google, Apple, etc.), but saved his strongest words for RIM. While he said he was impressed by RIM’s strategy to sell not just devices but whole solutions for managing corporate e-mail securely, he indicated that Nokia’s recent deal to place Microsoft email support on Nokia’s 80 million Series 60 phones as the key to defeating the boys and girls from Waterloo.

“Multiply what RIM has been doing here,” the Nokia executive said of his own company’s strategy to provide e-mail not only to business users but also consumers and a category of avid users in between the two markets, nicknamed “prosumers.”
“We will exceed the RIM client (BlackBerry) in some months with a very good e-mail system,” Kallasvuo promised.

What do you think, folks? Typical CEO bluster or a laying of the gauntlet. Nokia certainly sells a lot of phones every year, and a lot more than RIM…

(via Reuters)

  • jagermo

    Well Nokia had a very good mail solution with Intellisync. They stopped selling it some days ago, saying they are planning to launch a new mail system. But the one thing is: If you are a company, you want to have control over your emails. And if you are a customer, you want the mails to be as small as possible, so you don’t get over your limit.
    both things are accomplished by blackberry.
    on the other hand a little competition might not be that bad, and maybe RIM will get it’s development of the next virtual blackberry back on its track.

  • jagermo

    Well Nokia had a very good mail solution with Intellisync. They stopped selling it some days ago, saying they are planning to launch a new mail system. But the one thing is: If you are a company, you want to have control over your emails. And if you are a customer, you want the mails to be as small as possible, so you don’t get over your limit.
    both things are accomplished by blackberry.
    on the other hand a little competition might not be that bad, and maybe RIM will get it’s development of the next virtual blackberry back on its track.

  • MobileAdmin

    I think we are dealing with a huge divide in mobility. Personal and business usage of mobility. Of course if you want to talk personal / consumer then Nokia, Apple have a vastly LARGER market with none of the regulations / controls needed by enterprises.

    I don’t care what other “solution” you put out, I have yet to see anything with a lower TCO then Blackberry and BES. From the security / management and device selection it just cannot be beat. Sure Microsoft comes close but after you have the proper platform(s) (Exchange 2007, WM 6.1 devices, SCMDM2007) the cost is double if not triple compared to BES with Tsupport! For companies with a handful of mobile users it’s easier to consider a migration but when your dealing with thousands of mobile devices AND have the need for management / policy enforcement of those devices it’s not even close.

  • MobileAdmin

    I think we are dealing with a huge divide in mobility. Personal and business usage of mobility. Of course if you want to talk personal / consumer then Nokia, Apple have a vastly LARGER market with none of the regulations / controls needed by enterprises.

    I don’t care what other “solution” you put out, I have yet to see anything with a lower TCO then Blackberry and BES. From the security / management and device selection it just cannot be beat. Sure Microsoft comes close but after you have the proper platform(s) (Exchange 2007, WM 6.1 devices, SCMDM2007) the cost is double if not triple compared to BES with Tsupport! For companies with a handful of mobile users it’s easier to consider a migration but when your dealing with thousands of mobile devices AND have the need for management / policy enforcement of those devices it’s not even close.