Tag: Paul-Jacobs

Qualcomm CEO not willing to make nice with Broadcom

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Talk to the hand!During a conference call yesterday discussing his company’s quarterly results, Qualcomm’s CEO, Paul Jacobs, said that the company has been unable to resolve its messy patent dispute with Broadcom because a deal would hurt its licensing business. Jacobs told investors that Broadcom wants its customers to be exempt from paying Qualcomm licensing fees for a large chunk of its intellectual property portfolio as part of a settlement, which Jacobs claimed was unacceptable.

Considering that Qualcomm has lost its last two court cases against Broadcom, this might simply be conference call posturing. However, things get trickier when Verizon’s recent deal with Broadcom is taken into account. Verizon is set to pay Broadcom a licensing fee, Verizon’s CEO said he would seek a way to receive compensation for the payments, which many have taken as an expectation that Qualcomm would end up footing the bill. Sounds crazy, but Verizon is Qualcomm’s largest carrier customer, and while no deal is in place, Qualcomm brass has already made overtures about supporting their “very important customer”.

In no way is this messy story over yet. Keep hitting BBCool and we’ll continue to fill you in with all the juicy details.

Weekly Contest: iPhone iMminent

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iPhoneSorry about the haitus last week, but we’re good to go again. Only one week left to go on the iPhone release, and it’s hard to ignore (especially when your favourite BlackBerry blog can’t shut up about it). RIM’s remained adamant in their position that the iPhone isn’t going to bother them one bit, and is in fact a blessing to the industry as a whole. Meanwhile, we’ve got Paul Jacobs prophesying the JesusPhone like the apocalypse is nigh. These are both extreme ends of the spectrum, and what eventually happens to RIM as a result of the iPhone will probably fall somewhere in between. They’ll obviously still have a great product with its own unique flavour, but the iPhone will have some kind of impact, like it or not.

SO! The question goes to you, BBCool readers: as far as RIM’s concerned, is the iPhone really a “game-changer“? If not, then is BlackBerry potentially a game-changer for Apple? What will be the extent of interplay between these two brands, and how will it pan out? This is your big chance to make wild, unfounded speculations, just like the big boys. The most thought-provoking/entertaining/far-fetched entry will win 3 ringtones from Bplay.

Qualcomm CEO says iPhone will force competitors to adapt

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Paul JacobsIn a recent interview with AP, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs discussed the impact the iPhone will have on mobile manufacturers, and is placing everyone else in a reactionary position.

“It’s caused all the other manufacturers to step up their game,” Jacobs said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I can’t tell you the number of people who say, ‘Oh, this is our iPhone killer.’ It’s already to that point where everybody’s reacting.”

Moreover, if (when) the iPhone sells well at launch, it will prove to other manufacturers that there is a market in premium mobiles if the product is appropriately designed. RIM’s reaction has been pretty low-key, though. At most they’ve said “Thanks for the free press, Apple”, and the Curve doesn’t seem as something especially geared towards competing with the iPhone.

In fact, it’s an altogether natural progression from previous devices that RIM would have developed anyway, even if the iPhone wasn’t on the radar. RIM’s found a comfortable price range that’s working well for them, and they’ve already been selling devices for between $500-$600 for awhile now. So who’s really following who’s lead, here?