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Flatlining User Base May Spell End of RIM 180

Meshach writes "There is an article in the Globe and Mail that says that the user base for Blackberry has stopped growing for the first time in the company's history, and speculates that this is the beginning of the end of RIM. The main problem seems to be that RIM's new Blackberry models like the Bold and Torch are selling poorly, and their production costs are much higher than other products manufactured in China. A recent research report says that after BB10 the company will need to sell or drastically change its business model."
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Flatlining User Base May Spell End of RIM

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  • by Andrio ( 2580551 ) on Monday September 24, 2012 @08:17AM (#41435289)
    1. Use Android
    2. Enhance security; add exclusive BB apps.
    3. Profit

    No, no ??? needed. Just go straight to profit.
  • by stevegee58 ( 1179505 ) on Monday September 24, 2012 @08:21AM (#41435301) Journal
    I was just contacted by a RIM recruiter through a certain job site. (Of course it involves moving to Canada.)
  • by e**(i pi)-1 ( 462311 ) on Monday September 24, 2012 @08:32AM (#41435365) Homepage Journal
    since when is stagnation the beginning of the end? We have saturation and the mobile market become more and more an upgrade game.
  • by stokessd ( 89903 ) on Monday September 24, 2012 @09:05AM (#41435653) Homepage

    He may or may not be a troll, but I work for a HUGE company, and they dumped all the Crack-Berrys and went all-in on windows phones. I was not surprised that they did that, as we are microsoft to the core (with all the benefits that entails, like blue screens galore). Before the giant black-berry purge, I had not actually seen a windows phone in the wild.

    Apparently our IT folks examined the smart-phone landscape and something (hopefully) smart pushed them to WP7. so the GP may have a point.

    BTW, I hate the cut-off text of WP7, and would not buy one with my money.


  • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Monday September 24, 2012 @11:16AM (#41437259) Journal

    Blue screens? Seriously? WTF are you running, some 7 year old plus XP installs? Its called let go of the fricking decade old patched all to hell creaky as fuck ancient history and get Windows 7 already! I have YET to see a Win 7 BSOD, I'm sure that they can happen, but its so rare that if I ever did see one I'd be checking for hardware failures, and I work on Windows machines 6 days a week. Hell even Vista for all its pains in the ass was extremely hard to BSOD unless you ran some alpha quality graphics driver and now even that doesn't crash Win 7, it simply restarts the graphics driver, doesn't even make you close any programs.

    As for WP7? Unless the PHBs that do the buying were getting nice lunches with a MS marketer i don't see the selling point. The WP phones that are out don't have either the nicer displays of iPhone nor the nicer features of the Droid phones, has less apps than both of those, and from what I've been reading doesn't even have steller AD and group management which you think if nothing else MSFT would have gotten right, seeing how WinServer is their product and all.

    Of course WinPhone suffers from the same myopic focus that MSFT has had of late, their insane consumer only focus that has them pushing brain dead ideas like Metro on Win 8 Pro, like business users want their workers with a tweeting, twitting, FB shitting social page for a start screen. Yep that will get them working, have constant FB updates and other crap distracting them...sigh. Ballmer makes the Pepsi guy's rein at Apple look like the work of a fricking genius. And if the past is any indication I hope they'll be ready to toss those phones when the next WinPhone version comes out because it probably won't get an update.

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