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…