RIM thanks iPhone for potential sales boost

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Well here’s something new. Instead of putting up their defenses and saying that the iPhone holds no threat to the BlackBerry, Research In Motion is thanking Mr. Steve Jobs and the forthcoming iPhone for potentially boosting sales of our coveted device.

“Hats off to Steve” Jobs, Apple’s leader, Research In Motion co-Chief Executive Officer Michael Lazaridis said in an interview yesterday at the CTIA Wireless conference in Orlando, Florida. “He made smartphones cool again. Now everyone wants one. He helped the entire industry.”

Mike’s on a first name basis with Mr. Jobs? Who knew?

“We complement each other really well,” Lazaridis said. “We both focus on two entirely different markets. One is pure consumer and pure consumable. One is pure function and pure productivity.” Research In Motion has sought to woo more consumer users with the Pearl, a device that includes a camera and a music player.

Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment.

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