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Research in Motion 1st Quarter Fiscal 2010 Conference Call



Yesterday evening, RIM held their 1st quarter fiscal 2010 conference call. Adele Ebbs, RIM’s Vice President of Investor Relations moderated the call, while Jim Balsillie fielded questions of a strategic nature. The major news in this call included:

  • RIM sees a whopping 80% increase in consumer subscribers.
  • Enterprise subscribers are down for seasonal and architectural reasons.
  • Jim Balsillie dismisses iPhone and Pre as a threat.
  • International sales are strong and steady but come with risk.
  • Jim talks about the BlackBerry OS with respect to the smartphone market.

RIM sees a whopping 80% increase in consumer subscribers.

Overall, financial results from RIM are strong. Total revenue is up 3.4 billion, up 53% from last year. Revenues are slightly higher than predicted during RIM’s conference call last year. Revenues can generally be attributed to strong device sales in the consumer space, and new enterprise functionality.

Over 80% of RIM’s new subscribers this quarter came from the consumer base. The massive growth in the BIS subscriber base can be attributed to both local North American growth, and strong international sales, particularly in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. These developing markets, tend to primarily use BIS, even in enterprise.

This new shift to the consumer side is increasing loads being put on the infrastructure. Consumers are demanding rich media services such as streaming video, which uses more than 100 percent the network capacity of a voice call. BlackBerry efficiency and network capacity are going to address this issue, as devices become more efficient, and carriers offer new technologies such as LTE.

The BlackBerry Tour is this quarter’s big step to address the consumer shift. The BlackBerry Tour has the media capabilities to address the power user market. While you may have seen very little from RIM in terms of promotion, I believe this is indicative of a marketing shift at RIM Corporate. The firm seems to be giving the promotional responsibilities to the carrier. The message from RIM seems to be: “we just make them, you sell them.”

While carriers will be the driving force behind device promotion, this transition hasn’t been fully realized as of yet. There seems to be a miscommunication between RIM and the leading carriers in that RIM mentioned several times during the call that carrier inventory levels are consistently low. They also predict these levels to remain low. So while carriers are taking more responsibility for sales and marketing, they don’t seem to be managing the logistics behind these new responsibilities very well.
Continue reading a detailed roundup of the information presented in RIM’s conference call

How to three way call on your BlackBerry


Three way calling is a teenage girl’s favorite tool for getting back at their arch nemesis. It’s also good for a low budget conference call with coworkers. Here’s how you do it:

1. Dial your first call using the address book or dial it with the keypad, or await someone else calling.
2. When the two lines are connected, press the Talk button, or the green call button.
3. On this screen, type the name or number you want to call. Then press the Talk button again.
4. Once you are connected with the third line, press the Menu button.
5. Once the window is opened, press the option that says, Join.
6. The two calls are now connected.
7. To disconnect from one caller but not the other, press the Menu button again.
8. Go to the End Call option.
9. A new screen will pop up asking you who you want to disconnect.
10. Chose the caller you would like to disconnect.
11. You have disconnected them.



LIVE BLOG: RIM Conference Call


Jim Balsillie

RIM’s fiscal Q3 2009 statement has been filed and the investor conference call is about to begin. Join in as we liveblog the hell out of it.

RIM conference call live blog!

Shape launches free web-based IM conference service



Persistent.im went live today, offering a very cool cross-platform IM tool that works between AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, Jabber, Google Talk and MySpaceIM by delivering messages through a conference bot. This works just dandy on any of your mobile IM clients – just add the conference bot to your friends list, and messages will be sent and received between participants through it. With so many different platforms becoming popular, having common channels is increasingly important. Be sure to scope out our multi-service BlackBerry IM client review for a few more options along that vein. Persistent.im is free and running its beta, so go ahead and sign up if you like your existing chat client but want to get in touch with buddies elsewhere, too.


Mobix launches 2Buzz conference calling app


2Buzz by MobixSome fresh BlackBerry software from Mobix called 2Buzz was launched yesterday, bringing users one-click conference calling capabilities. The software lets you keep track of conference times, set reminders for participants, and add recurring teleconferences. The 2Buzz BlackBerry client builds off Mobix’s earlier product, 2Talk, which allowed all the same functions from any phone and your web browser. Check out the 2Buzz website for more info and pricing.


WES Exhibitor Spotlight: InterCall


InterCall logoInterCall offers a bunch of solutions centered around conferencing. Audio conferencing, web conferencing, video conferencing, they’ve got it all covered. For BlackBerry, they offer Mobile Assistant. Using the application grants you one-click access to your audio conferences, which you can join as a participant or as conference leader, with the conference controls integrated right into the app. It can store up to 128 conference profiles for quick access and, best of all, it’s completely free.