Yesterday was a busy day, what with the rather spicy rumor we dug up. While it’s smarmy stuff like gutting one device to milk an exclusive on another that we generally associate with the dirty business of multibillion dollar corporations, it’s always a bit of a smack in the face when it actually happens. Regardless of whether the rumor of AT&T gimping the BlackBerry 8820‘s GPS to stay noncompetitive to the iPhone pans out or not, a lot of conversation has been sparked on the subject (a hell of a lot more than we usually see around here, anyway).
Doug’s talk with Jim Balsillie on the subject of RIM’s three masters totally comes into play with this news. At the end of the day, the carrier is RIM’s customer. Is there an alternative? BBCoolers, both old and new, for this week’s contest we ask: Can a manufacturer-led wireless industry work? Is Apple proving that it can? Is Qualcomm proving that it can’t? Would RIM be better off with one less master? There’s no question that both carriers and manufacturers have their vital part in the grand scheme of things, but in the end, the carrier is the one providing the service to the end-user, and if the manufacturer wants his slice of the pie, he has to play the carrier’s game. Is there any changing that business model? For now, we’ll be offering the usual three Bplay games to the most well-rounded and thoughtful answer, but we’ll root around BBCool HQ and see if we can find something a little juicier. This is, after all, a very special Weekly Contest.