BlackBerry Cool Blackberry Cool Your Favourite Source For Every Blackberry Wed, 03 May 2006 21:50:49 +0000 en RIM Countersues Visto Wed, 03 May 2006 21:50:49 +0000 admin RIM News Research In Motion has filed a lawsuit against Visto, countering the suit waged by Visto against RIM earlier this week. The suit attempts to invalidate three of the patents that RIM is accused of infringing upon. The fourth patent is currently under review at the US Patent and Trademark office.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Visto responded to the lawsuit by stating both comnpanies want the same thing:

“What they are asking for is exactly what we are asking, which is for the court to determine if RIM infringes on our patents,” said Daniel Mendez, a co-founder of Visto, of Redwood Shores, Calif., who helped invent the patents at issue.

Shares of Research In Motion dipped nearly 5% Monday after the Visto lawsuit was announced.

Nokia Starts Shipping E-Series Models Wed, 03 May 2006 14:11:52 +0000 admin General Nokia ESeries
After much delay Nokia is finally starting deliveries of its E61 business phone, the second of the three slated E-Series handheld. The three E-series phones, aimed at business users, and three of Nokia’s flagship multimedia N-series handsets missed their original target shipping dates due to software related problems. The first E-series phone, the E60, went on sale in April, while the E70 model is expected to start shipping later in May with a 2-megapixel camera.

“First deliveries started late last week. It’s gradually becoming available across the globe,” Pekka Isosomppi, spokesman for Nokia’s Enterprise division, told Reuters.

Nokia last October unveiled the new business phone line-up, part of the Finnish company’s plan to win more of the potentially lucrative corporate market which is RIM’s bread and butter. Nokia could prove the biggest threat because it is the only company other than RIM that is offering both hardware and software solutions for push-email thanks to their purchase of push-email company Intellisync last year. Aswell, expect more bad news coming RIM’s way when Motorola launches their new Motorola Q in the upcoming weeks.

E-61 Stats

Size: 11.7 cm x 7.0 cm x 1.4 cm
Weight: 144 g
Battery Life: 4-7 h GSM talk time; 9-11 d GSM stand-by time
Display: 320 x 240 pixels, 16M colors
Email Protocols: SMTP, POP3, IMAP4
Memory: 64 MB
Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA (3GPP release 99)
Expandable memory: 64 MB hot swappable miniSD card

RIM Second in Western Europe Wed, 03 May 2006 13:53:21 +0000 admin Wireless Industry News IDC Western Europe
According to the latest market data from IDC, the Western European mobile device market (including standalone handhelds and smartphones) grew by 25% year on year in the opening quarter of 2006, as total shipments reached 3.2 million units. The trend of of declining standalone PDA sales continue in Western Europe as shipments shrunk to just 549,000 units represented further negative growth of -21% but were offset by the strong sales of smartphones.

Nokia leads all manufacturers with total shipments of 1.8 million handsets a growth of 63.5%. The Finnish vendor continued to drive the bulk of converged device shipments thanks to the S60 a consumer-orientated devices and the N70. IDC expects the Finnish vendor to continue with the stronger growth throughout 2006 in the wake of the launch of the enterprise class E series and further consumer-focused S60 launches.

RIM places second with 225,000 devices shipped for a growth of 50.1%. Although the competitive climate threatens to intensify for the Canadian vendor, particularly in the SMB space, shipments of 225,595 units constituted another record quarter despite the settlement with NTP coming late in the quarter. Delays and complications in Microsoft’s rollout of the Exchange SP2 continued to work in RIM’s favor and reiterates the challenge its competitors face in rivaling RIM’s comprehensive carrier channel coverage.

RIM Co-CEO says Visto’s strategy is ‘brazen’ Wed, 03 May 2006 13:36:10 +0000 admin RIM News BalsillieResearch In Motion’s co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, had strong words for Visto on Tuesday while downplaying worries that RIM’s business will be hit less than two months after settling a similar lawsuit. When asked if the new patent lawsuit was an indication of company weakness on the part of RIM, Balsille pointed to the other companies Visto has filed against for patent infringement, which include Microsoft:

I don’t think we’re an easy target. We’re the sixth of six, who knows who’s going to be next. This is a company [Visto] who is clearly targeting everybody in its space to file suits…It’s a brazen strategy to sue absolutely everybody, including the most valuable company in the world.

Market reacts to Visto lawsuit Wed, 03 May 2006 13:16:31 +0000 admin RIM News Shares of Palm Inc. got a boost in midday trading yesterday after an analyst speculated that the company could grow market share due to RIM’s new patent infringement lawsuit with Visto. Shares of Palm rose 15 cents to $23.09. Caris & Co. analyst Susan Kalla reiterated her “Buy” rating on Palm and lifted fourth-quarter earnings estimates for the company to 23 cents per share, up from 21 cents per share. She said:

We believe Palm will continue to gain share in fiscal fourth-quarter (May) on the back of RIM, which has been dogged by patent disputes that have embroiled management and terrified service providers. Palm’s share for the May quarter may be 32 percent, up from 23 percent a year ago. RIM’s market share for the quarter may be 50 percent, down from about 58 percent a year ago.

However, analysts from Standard and Poor’s gave RIM a 5-star “Strong Buy” rating due to confidance in RIM’s ability to weather another patent lawsuit, stating:

Visto has filed against numerous technology firms related to patent issues, which eases some of our concern about Research in Motion’s legal risks and potential monetary liability. As Visto has to address several patents suits ahead of the one against the company, Research in Motion would not expect any material court proceedings in Visto’s litigation until mid-2007. With the analyst meeting two weeks away, we see any share price weakness as an enhanced buying opportunity.

After a swift drop in share price yesterday following the announcement, RIM rebounded in the late afternoon to close at $74.44.

RIM Announces BES Express Wed, 03 May 2006 12:37:11 +0000 admin Blackberry News Research In Motion today announced the immediate availability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, a new offering aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, branch offices and companies new to BlackBerry. BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express provides the same enterprise-level security, reliability, features and functionality of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 and is available as a free download from RIM via the Internet to any customer who purchases a new BlackBerry device.

“Mobile access is an increasingly essential requirement of doing business and this is especially prevalent in smaller businesses,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. “BlackBerry Enterprise Server is renowned for helping companies become more productive and responsive, while providing industry-leading security, functionality, manageability, and back-end integration. With BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, we’re now making it easier than ever for new customers to derive the full benefits of the BlackBerry solution.”

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express software comes with a single user license and is upgradeable to support up to 15 users, beyond that it is required to upgrade to the regular BES. Also included is RIM’s standard 60 day free technical support plan.

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UK Awards More Wireless Frequencies Wed, 03 May 2006 12:35:49 +0000 admin Wireless Industry News The UK Office of Communications, or Ofcom, said Wednesday that it has awarded 12 Wireless Telegraphy Act licences for the frequencies 1781.7-1785MHz paired with 1876.7-1880MHz as a result of its first spectrum auction. British Telecommunications paid GBP275,112 for a license, Cable & Wireless U.K. (England) paid GBP51,002, COLT Mobile Telecommunications paid GBP1,513,218, and O2 (U.K.) paid GBP209,888. Following payment of the full licence fees by the winning bidders, the awards are effective immediately, Ofcom said.

The licences are technology neutral, which means that the licensees have the freedom to use the spectrum how they wish, within certain technical limits. The licences are for a total of 6.6MHz of spectrum to be used on a low-power basis. Possible uses include private GSM mobile phone networks in office buildings or campuses.

Multiple licences were awarded to encourage the development of a range of new and innovative competitive services, Ofcom said. The total amount of the licence fees paid was GBP3.8 million, Ofcom said. Two bidders - Orange Personal Communications (bid GBP50,000) and Zynetix (bid GBP50,000) - were not awarded licences because they were outbid in the auction process.

AT&T Dropping Cingular Brand? Wed, 03 May 2006 12:00:32 +0000 admin Wireless Industry News cingular wirelessIn 2007 Cingular’s brand will be dropped in favor of AT&T’s as a result of their purchase of BellSouth (BellSouth and AT&T jointly owned Cingular). However many analysts are questioning the move because of Cingular’s well-respected brand image, and the perception that AT&T is “your father’s brand of telephony.” One thing for certain is that this rebranding won’t come cheap: insiders expect AT&T to spend around $2 billion dollars in rebranding Cingular to AT&T Wireless, while Cingular is still committed to almost $1 billion for its now doomed brand throughout the rest of 2006.

Is Visto Playing with Fire? Tue, 02 May 2006 14:56:19 +0000 admin Editorials The news that Visto is suing RIM for patent infringement came out of left field for most of us. However, we’re sure RIM saw this coming, first the lawsuits against Seven, Good, Smartner, and of course Microsoft. Microsoft comes to mind because just the day before is when Visto and NTP inked a licensing agreement, not to mention the lawsuit came after a major round of financing. David Cowan, co-founder of Visto writes in his blog that it was pure coincidence but it sure doesn’t look right to most.

The patents that RIM is accused of infringing upon are the same patents surrounding the Visto v. Microsoft case. So that brings up the question, why sue RIM now? RIM has been in the push-email space for years, way before Microsoft even thought it was worthwhile. Why waste time by suing all the smaller companies like Seven, Good, and Smartner. Any worthwhile lawyer would tell you to sue the company with the deepest pockets. It leaves you wondering if there’s an ulterior motive behind this patent lawsuit, maybe Visto knows that they can’t win and are doing this for publicity reasons. Or it could be that investors are pushing Visto executives against their rightful judgment after they saw the $612.5 million settlement granted to NTP. Either way, Visto is playing a dangerous game by suing every company in the push-email space.

Unlike Microsoft who have just recently been serious about wireless, RIM has over 20 years experience in the wireless industry. RIM has had time to develop their own patents and weren’t shy about telling Visto that they themselves could pursue legal actions against them, now that would be ironic.

Visto’s CEO, One Delusional Man Tue, 02 May 2006 14:53:18 +0000 admin General Brian Bogosian, Visto CEOCEOs are a proud bunch and rightfully so, but there’s a fine line between proud and delusional which Visto’s CEO Brian Bogosian seems to be crossing. In an interview with BusinessWeek he was asked if he would like to put RIM out of business and responded with “Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean there’s not a deal to be done. We want them to stop misappropriating our intellectual property.” Bogosian goes even further and says he intends for Visto to be the “last man standing” in the wireless-messaging market. Not in a few years down the road but in the next year and half.

Now it’s not impossible for Visto to be the “last man standing” but our bets are definitely against them. In regards to the push-email market, Visto is near the bottom of the totem poll. Even Seven their competitor that they successfully sued has more carrier relantionships than Visto, and both of them don’t compare with RIM. Visto is by no means a basement company, employing 100 worldwide and raising over $150 million in venture capital but compare that to the 4000 RIM employees and the billions of capital that RIM has at hand and things get put into perspective. Not to mention that Microsoft the largest software company and Nokia the number one wireless handset manufacturer have tossed their hats in the ring and you can just see how insane Bogosian’s comments really are.

Bogosian does redeem himself after saying that this “war” isn’t about who sells the most devices but a struggle for platform dominance. With all the patent infringement lawsuits going around it does give you that sense of feeling of winner takes all and not a case of wireless email becoming commoditize as many experts expected.