RIM CEOs Officially Respond to Apple’s Antenna Propaganda


During the Apple iPhone 4 Antenna press conference, Steve Jobs claimed that Apple’s antenna issues were not specific to the iPhone, and other smartphones such as the BlackBerry Bold 9700 experience similar issues. It seems BlackBerryCool readers don’t experience these issues and RIM’s CEOs took aim at Steve Jobs and defended their antennas. Here is their official statement from Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis:

“Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.”

- Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

RIM is a pretty quiet company and this is not the norm for their CEOs. Generally, RIM doesn’t talk about other smartphones or comment directly on another company but it’s great to see them respond to a blatant attack on the company.

  • FredFish

    Nice reaction, good PR but both RIM and Apple have to face AT&T 3G crappy service. I love my Bold 9700, but in my house I need to be careful were I walk with my phone regardless of the grip it shows 3G full bars and drops the call (I have better reception on the back of the house than in the front). Furthermore, when I have problems with 3g reception, the phone is unable to immediately switch from 3G to 2G/EDGE to save the call, it just drop it. Don't know if this is a software or an antenna issue. BTW, I use a case and I do not know if this helps or not because of the unevenness of AT&T signal.

  • http://www.roofinstallation.org Lisa

    Hmmm. I read RIM, Nokia and HTC statements. NONE of them said explicitly and clearly that the demos were false and their phones never have antenna issues.

  • http://caspan.com Caspan

    They may have some truth in them that not all antennas are made perfect. The statement is that it is misleading in the since that all have the same problem. No Steve our phones don't drop 100% of signal because we hold it wrong yours do. We might have some signal loss but nothing compared to your Fisher Price phone!

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