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Research in Motion Annual General Meeting (AGM) Live Coverage

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RIM will hold its AGM of shareholders today at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) at 6:30 PM ET. It should be an interesting meeting as a lot of shareholders will be asking what the company’s plan is considering the increased competition in the smartphone market, and how the company plans to remain competitive. If one had to guess how the meeting will go, it will likely be focused on the recent announcements and won’t go into much detail about the competition, if at all. RIM generally doesn’t like to comment on any other smartphone.

Here are some of the topics you can expect RIM to highlight:

App World 2.0 and the benefits of carrier billing and 5.0 preloads.
BlackBerry Protect
BlackBerry OS 6 from a developer perspective.
BlackBerry OS 6 from a consumer perspective.
The BlackBerry Bold 9650
The BlackBerry Pearl 3G

You can watch a live webcast of the event by logging on at their investors’ portal.
You can also join Financial Post Technology reporter Matt Hartley as he reports live from the RIM AGM.

We’ll also be writing articles if anything of interest is said at the event.

RIM gets asked about BlackBerry devices for children at AGM

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RIM’s Annual General Shareholders’ meeting was last week, July 15th, and some of the best news to come out of it was actually from a child in the audience. While he probably isn’t a shareholder, he had a good question for the RIM executives.

“Are you going to make a phone more for kids so that my Mom will let me get one?” the kid asked.

While Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis didn’t have a concrete answer for the kid, they seemed optimistic. “There’s lots of opportunity and, you know, if the current BlackBerrys aren’t acceptable to your mother, hopefully the next ones will,” Lazaridis said.

This is an interesting market as children are becoming more tech savvy at increasingly younger ages. Who knows, maybe in 10 years your 5 year old will be hooked up to a BES and getting push email.

Other news at the AGM included a chat about the sponsorship behind the U2 360 Tour, to get more consumers interested in BlackBerry devices.

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