Is RIM done for?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by imageWIS, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. akatsuki

    akatsuki Senior member

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    I figure that MS will pick them up for a song and shore up WM7 with their still large market penetration. With RIM being the "business" side arm and Nokia being the consumer focused label, MS would be in pretty good shape to actually make something of it.

    Of course, that would require some conviction and balls from Microsoft.
     


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    Slopho Senior member

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    ^MS is dumb enough to do this too. Too much damn money and not enough common sense on what to do with it.
     


  3. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Don't even get me started on the playbook! You need to tether it to your phone to access email? WTF?!? My Compaq (you read right: I said Compaq) PC Companion which ran Windows CE needed a PC card to go online... and look at emails. And that was perfectly acceptable in the dial-up world of 1997. But in 2012, in the age of wifi, 4G and the cloud the need to physically connect one device to another to look at emails is un-fucking-acceptable.

    PC Companion:

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  4. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Yup. The moment Apple did this and Android followed suit, it was all over for BB:

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  5. akatsuki

    akatsuki Senior member

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    What should they do with the cash? They are falling behind badly and really nowhere to go.
     


  6. Slopho

    Slopho Senior member

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    They should hold on to their cash and start poaching staff from AAPL.
     


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    imageWIS Senior member

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    IDK if that's going to save them, considering it looks like they don't have an actual strategy.
     
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  8. Slopho

    Slopho Senior member

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    Oh you're right, they don't have a strategy. Its strange, I posted a story maybe a year ago about a friend who sometimes goes to those CES shows. MS area always has a lot of people around it, and they'll be showing really cool stuff, but when you ask when it will be available for the public they say "This isn't for release, its just something our concept department thought up."

    Also, AAPL R&D expendatures from 2000-2010 8.6 Billion
    MSFT R&D expendature from 2010 alone...8.9 Billion.
     


  9. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    If their company was worth anyone, they would buy back stock since their stock price is currently at the bottom of the barrel. However, I think they know they're headed for the skids so they will probably use their cash as a lifeline to keep them limping along until someone buys them for a fair price.
     


  10. akatsuki

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    I don't think it is staff talent that is an issue, it is completely a leadership failure. They have tons of great products and technologies buried under piles of crap.
     


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    Slopho Senior member

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    Are you talking about RIMM or MSFT?
     


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    I've been using Blackberrys since the mid-2000s and I still love them.
    Just upgraded to the new 9930 and it is, by far, the best device Blackberry has ever made. Unfortunately, I think it came too late. I am thrilled with the device but so many around me wonder what I am thinking having stayed with BB. There are also very few apps. Effectively, both consumers and app developers have abandoned the platform (truly a chicken & egg problem).

    Everyone around me has iPhones and Droids. They are great as portable laptops (media, apps, browsing, games) but they are not good phones or email devices. Typing is too difficult, there are too many screens to flip through until you get to the phone. I don't know a single ex-BB user who now uses iPhones and Droids who won't readily admit that phone and typing are better on the Blackberry. They are simply compromising because they like the "toy" aspects of these other devices.

    Hopefully someone will buy RIM and turn around the Company.
     
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    They have about $3-4 billion worthof IP value.
     


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    Tool ittel to late. Better to have Apple buy them outright.
     


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    If that much. They really haven't been innovating, so IDK how valid and up-to-date their IP is to be worth buying.
     


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