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RIM's CEO sees iPhone as "dangerous"

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Mon July 9, 2007

RIM CEO on iPhone Danger

Research in Motion head Jim Baisilie believes the iPhone could be potentially toxic for the cellphone industry, according to a recent interview. The head of the BlackBerry firm points out that while AT&T has obtained a multi-year contract for the device, the terms leave the carrier out of much of the sales process and give it little influence over the customization of the phone's hardware or software. Apple may be putting AT&T -- and other networks -- in danger of becoming simple enablers for hardware from other companies, Balsillie warns.

"It's a dangerous strategy. It's a tremendous amount of control," he says. "And the more control of the platform that goes out of the carrier, the more they shift into a commodity pipe."

RIM's devices are built around the company's centralized BlackBerry "push" e-mail service but otherwise follow a conventional business model, selling exclusively through cellular providers and frequently shipping with customized software and logos stamped on to the device.

By contrast, Apple has so far insisted on a largely hands-off approach. The iPhone itself includes no branding aside from AT&T text in the menu bar and activates within iTunes rather than through AT&T's official stores or sanctioned resellers. Apple has also insisted on handling repairs for the equipment.



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  1. njfuzzy

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    You have to be kidding me

    If I have to choose who controls my phone, Apple or AT&T, the answer is the biggest no-brainer in the history of technology.

    This is great for consumers.

  1. schwie

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    Duh...

    Thats exactly why Apple and AT&T have it right. Apple can focus on their great hardware and user interface (of which AT&T should never touch) and AT&T can focus on making their nationwide network better.

    He's just irked that he didn't think of visual voicemail first.

  1. climacs

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    let's hope so

    let's hope Baisilie is right. It would be dangerous for carriers, great for consumers. A lot of cellphone innovation is stifled by the carriers.

  1. ClevelandAdv

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    Dangerous?

    It was dangerous having the carriers with any control over the way phones operate. They clearly had no idea as to how to implement features on cell phones. I have owned 3 phones with web, and email features but since my IQ is less than 150 I could not operate these features. IT took me 10 minutes to set up and use my email, phone book, web etc. on my iPhone.

  1. legacyb4

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    Roles

    That's EXACTLY what should be happening; bandwidth is a commodity and that's what the carriers should be focusing on.

    He's just pissed that Blackberry/RIM wasn't able to exert the amount of influence that Apple has over the carriers.

  1. climacs

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    buh-bye Blackberry,RIM

    incidentally, one would think that a cellphone maker would be thrilled that Apple is busting the ridiculous paradigm of carriers telling handset makers what and what not to put in their phones.

    In this case, Baisilie is seemingly siding with the carriers because he can read the handwriting on the wall. Apple will crush RIM within 5 years.

  1. jogdish

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    Great for consumers

    In order to find the truth in any statment made by an iPhone competitor, just turn their comment around to its opposite. This is great for consumers! With the iPhne, the industry is finally able to innovate and provide service without getting reamed (too much).

  1. csi95

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    Is he serious?

    Wait, so he's concerned that the cell companies will just be selling cell service, and won't be able to cripple my phone and sell me all of it's other "features"?

    Sounds like utopia to me.

  1. noibs

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    Wow...

    Yeah...the cell phone networks are so loved by consumers...NOT!!!

    I **LIKE** using my Macs and always have. And I will **LIKE** using an iPhone when I buy one. How many people really like using their cell phones?

    Hey...Jim Baisilie...that sound you hear is a tiny little violin playing just for you. I hope Apple kicks your b***tt.

  1. rjpotts

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    good!!!

    Keep your mitts off my iPhone.

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