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RIM allegedly strongarming carriers into BlackBerry approval

updated 12:30 pm EDT, Mon June 20, 2011

Rumor claims RIM forcing Bold 9900 into approval

A rumor Monday accused RIM of pushing carriers into approving devices they wouldn't normally accept. In order to avoid delays on phones like the BlackBerry Bold 9900, the company is supposedly demanding that carriers take one of its Technical Acceptance builds for approval "no matter what," the BGR source said. The practice had allegedly already been in effect as far back as the Rogers release of the Bold 9000 months ahead of AT&T.

The approval process, common to most phones, normally takes weeks of testing to make sure a phone is compatible with the network and won't have any repeatable bugs, leading to months-long delays in getting a stable release. RIM is thought to be particularly worried this year as the Bold 9900 and others are needed to keep it afloat while waiting for its first QNX-based "superphone" in 2012.

Some carriers have balked at the idea. AT&T waited until November 2008 to release the Bold 9000 and may have been validated by reports of 3G testing problems. Multiple devices have still managed to push through the process.

RIM and carriers so far haven't commented on the claims.

The stance hasn't been confirmed but, if true, would mirror an increasing sense of concern at RIM that its smartphone share won't hold. The company has already forecast a bleak outlook where its shipments and profits should drop rapidly during the summer. The rises of Android and the iPhone have switched the BlackBerry from the most promoted platform on US carriers to the second or even third most important platform.

The PlayBook has become a centerpiece example of RIM's troubles. Although RIM during its most recent results call touted Verizon plans to offer the tablet to corporate buyers, It has publicly downplayed any chance of a home user release.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. vintagegeek

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    +7

    I feel Bad

    I feel bad for RIM. They had a great operating platform and weren't looking forward. And like any one-trick pony they're getting slammed into a niche product position. Lesson for all...co-presidents don't work. When a company goes that way...SELL.

  1. dagamer34

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    comment title

    It's only a matter of time until Microsoft picks up RIM on the cheap.

  1. BigMac2

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    Joined: Dec 2000

    +5

    Check out for scandal.

    RIM is one scandal away to follow Nortel steps.

  1. Geoduck

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +7

    Coincidence

    From the article:
    "The company has already forecast a bleak outlook where its shipments and profits should drop rapidly during the summer."

    I work in IT. On Friday my boss sent all of us an e-mail saying he had decided to drop BlackBerry as the officially supported phone at the company.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Coincidence

    I work in IT. On Friday my boss sent all of us an e-mail saying he had decided to drop BlackBerry as the officially supported phone at the company.

    Hmm, so I wonder who sent him more 'incentives' to switch to a different phone? Apple or Google?

  1. Salty

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jul 2005

    +4

    Honestly...

    Honestly I can't feel sorry for RIM. I used to love them, but they've had four years since the iPhone was announced to come out with something truly kickass. In that time they've ... come out with a new theme. Any idiot should have been able to tell you that sure press would be a flop, they just needed to use an iPhone for a while and they'd have seen that.

    RIM has been trying to eek good profits by using super cheap components and proving no memory in the phones and so on and so forth. Consumers get tired of this c***. BlackBerry OS is old and only geared toward doing a few things well.

    By all rights they should have had at most three phone lines, and moved the rest of their budget to software development. But they didn't. And because they refused to invest in the user experience, they're getting their asses handed to them.

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