RIM not happy about being dragged into iPhone 4 antenna debate

Sat, Jul 17, 2010


As part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to stem the tide of criticism directed at the iPhone 4 antenna, Apple yesterday posted a number of videos showing how signal attenuation is a problem that not only affects the iPhone, but a number of other smartphones as well. One of the phones demoed was a Blackberry device, a move which prompted RIM’s pair of CEO’s, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, to lash out at Apple for daring to drag RIM’s jolly good name into the iPhone 4 conversation.

Their joint statement reads:

Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.



2 Comments For This Post

  1. Scott B. Says:

    That’s they way it goes when the truth comes out, the proof is as Apple has laid it out.
    All Phones Have This Problem.

    Rim & Nokia used Apple as a comedy routine to drum up press for themselfs, now Apple has proven that they also suffer from the same problem.

    Rim and the others should NOT THROW rocks in the glass house they seem to think us better then Apples, they are caught and now don’t like that oters are looking into their “Dirty little secret” also.

    Both Rim & Nokia need to keep their prospetive mouths shut.

    Serves them right, proof shows they have the same issues, you can’t fight that by any complaining at all, Both Rim & Nokia are looking like children again.

    (missing my glasses, excuse any typos ect).
    Human on Board 😉

  2. N8nnc Says:

    Yep. They wanted to get some of that sweet free press (remember: all press is good).

    As I discussed with a friend, when there’s a controversy some people align with either side, but the majority enjoy the spectacle. The story may have negative claims (supported by evidence), but unless the problem overwhelms the product’s positive performance the lasting impact of more eyes & ears on the product is greater awareness. If you have an appealing product, greater awareness leads to greater sales.

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