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RIM: Apple is trying to draw us into a "self-made debacle"

updated 11:10 am EDT, Sat July 17, 2010

RIM CEOs accuse Apple of deflecting attention

RIM late Friday shot back at Apple's claim that its phones suffer from antenna problems as well. Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis said a demo of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 losing signal was just an attempt to draw RIM into Apple's "self-made debacle" and sidestepped the real issues caused by the iPhone 4's design. The two founders suggested they would have never used the frame as the antenna and that any BlackBerry doesn't need the same level of care Apple's phone does.

"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," Balsillie and Lazaridis said. "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."

Both sides have degrees of credibility behind their claims. It's possible to diminish the Bold 9700's signal through a tight or deliberate grip, but the phone in practice can be held in most casual grips without triggering the signal drops that have more frequently been in evidence with the iPhone 4. Apple's decision to effectively make the antenna external has made it more receptive when given a clear path but much more sensitive to drops than a conventional design.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    .... omg...

    RIM, seriously, get over it.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It begins....

    Now everyone is going to be "gripping" their smartphones and compare it to iPhone 4. I thought the BB Bold was at first glance the most "accurate" in terms of reception compared to the HTC and Samsung phones Apple showed.

    Even Nokia threw a punch at Apple, 1/2 agreeing with them about attenuation, and 1/2 slamming them about whre they put the antenna. Yet if you go on Youtube, there are people complaining about their Nokia E71 with attenuation.

    I think Nokia, RIM, and HTC are now worried that they'll have to give out free cases to compete with Apple.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    external antennas...

    ...used to be common & as I recall the 'flip' phones used to rate generally highly for radiation AND reception as they moved the stub antenna wattage at least a few inches away from the human brain & hand...

    I suppose it really just depends on the design priorities - I used a flip phone for years and found it had better audio spanning the gap from ear to mouth & potentially offers both a hard keyboard & screen...

  1. ryanjo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Everyone just take a deep breath...

    Really, "self-made debacle"? Chill, man. Everyone should just go back and keep working on better smart phones that cost less, work better and offer everyone a choice of features. Let us consumers decide. In case of the iPhone4, that decision ids already obvious, which is why Steve Jobs came off as looking smug.

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  1. cory2107

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Someone's wi

    Obviously, RIM is jealous and upset because Apple's iPhone has always been better than the JunkBerry. Trust me, I used to have a JunkBerry. I got rid of it.

  1. Lifeisabeach

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wah wah wah

    Splitting hairs because a case is needed in special circumstances is just petty. If Apple redesigned the iPhone 4 so that the Bumper was simply integrated, no one would be able to make the claim that a case is required, and no one could possibly dispute that it has the best antenna system on the planet. As it is, the Bumper is optional for those who aren't in a bad service area, and with it, everyone has the best possible call speeds and quality of service possible for any given location.

  1. Lifeisabeach

    Joined: Dec 1969


    And lest we forget...

    There's so much focus on the Apple Bumper, but most any case should do. When I get an iPhone 4, I won't be getting a Bumper for a number of reasons, chief among those the several reports I've read that indicate many accessories won't connect properly because the Bumper is too thick. Personally, I'm waiting on Incase to release their product line.

  1. ruel24

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RIP Blackberry...

    I think RIM is desperate knowing both Android and iPhone are going to soon make them obsolete. They tried to compete with the miserable Storm and Storm 2, but they're doomed. As it sits, with Android improving greatly with every release, Android and iPhone will be the dominant players, leaving RIM behind.

  1. Geoduck

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I've confirmed it wi

    My company BlackBerry has this problem. I've confirmed it and it is a chronic problem when I try to use the BB in server rooms where signal is low. RIM is being disingenuous.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RIM & Nokia

    When your last hope of survival depends on the failure of your competitor I'd say you're in deep trouble. I guess that's why Nokia's shareholders are demanding the resignation of their CEO.

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