updated 05:45 pm EDT, Thu March 29, 2012
RIM sees no BB10 delay and vows Curve 9320, 9220
RIM chief Thorsten Heins during a call discussing the company's tough quarterly results gave some reassurances that the company was still on track with its first BlackBerry 10 phone. The device was still due for late 2012. Carrier partners were interested in both the new platform and keeping RIM as a partner, the CEO said.
While it was expected he would compliment the OS, Heins said he was "intrigued by the stability, performance, and beauty" of BlackBerry 10's interface. PlayBook 2.0 was a "taste" of what it would bring.
In the near term, he acknowledged that RIM's successes were focusing more than before on low-cost smartphones, where it was now facing more intense competition. As part of this, it would have new entry-level BlackBerry hardware in the next few weeks, Heins said. The mention was a direct allusion to the Curve 9220 and 9320, which should undercut even the 9380 and 9360 in price.
As a whole, RIM was trying to consolidate its efforts on those areas it handled well, such as the corporate world. Earlier plans to focus on "media consumption" apps and home-oriented services weren't working out, according to the CEO. He alluded to RIM's full touch devices not doing as well as they should, and that the company was "late" to the Bring Your Own Device trend that has seen the iPhone and Android cut into once-safe corporate sales.
Despite the corporate shift, the company wasn't about to back out and would be looking for "partnerships" for non-business content, the executive said. BlackBerry Messenger and other key services were no longer the absolute draws they once were, and an emphasis on it in the future BlackBerrys as well as explorations of other services was key.
Heins further hinted that the company was open to the prospects of licensing BlackBerry 10, although he was still "reviewing" the prospect.