Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 18:59 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I doubt Research In Motion really knew what hit them back when the iPhone launched. I doubt they really knew what hit them when Android steamrolled the smartphone market. And, today, I still doubt they really know what the heck they are supposed to do to turn their sinking ship around. Update: RIM contacted us with a statement on the matter - they state everything in the BGR article is wrong. Read on for the full statement.
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Blackberry email, I don't get it
by MacMan on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 20:00 UTC
MacMan
Member since:
2006-11-19

OK, so I get that before around 2005 or so, it was hard to get IP on a mobile device, hence the need for Blackberry's proprietary messaging network. Its kind of like CompuServe or AOL before the advent of the internet.


But today, I really can't think of a single 'smart phone', or any other mobile device that does not have internet access, so could someone explain what's the point of Blackberry's proprietary messaging network on an internet enabled device? Does it save save enough bandwidth enough to allow for a reduced data plan?

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sphere2k Member since:
2009-04-17

... so could someone explain what's the point of Blackberry's proprietary messaging network on an internet enabled device? Does it save save enough bandwidth enough to allow for a reduced data plan?


Maybe it does save some bandwidth, but it's not 2002 any more, when carriers sold 20 MByte/month packages. Today's mobile data packages start at about 250 MByte, so if ActiveSync or IMAP are a bit more chatty -- who cares?

BlackBerry OS is going to die, so maybe RIM should focus on something else. Their "Mobile Fusion" [1] software looks interesting. I think there is going to be considerable demand for a unified mobile device management solution.

[1] http://us.blackberry.com/business/software/mobilefusion/

Edited 2011-12-22 20:38 UTC

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Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

OK, so I get that before around 2005 or so, it was hard to get IP on a mobile device, hence the need for Blackberry's proprietary messaging network. Its kind of like CompuServe or AOL before the advent of the internet.


But today, I really can't think of a single 'smart phone', or any other mobile device that does not have internet access, so could someone explain what's the point of Blackberry's proprietary messaging network on an internet enabled device? Does it save save enough bandwidth enough to allow for a reduced data plan?


Most of the companies I know that still use BBs are because they are very robust (Hardware is tough) way better batt life then most smart phones, better security and higher level encryption and also BES servers offer way more remote control of devices then most other services like Good for enterprise.

The thing that killed RIM where is that we got off MS Exchange and went to Google Apps. Now it's all web based so any device can be used including personal ones. Bye, bye RIM.

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