Research In Motion will be reporting results for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 on October 4, 2007 after the close of the market. A conference call and live webcast will be held beginning at 5 pm ET, which can be accessed by dialing 416-640-1907or by logging on at www.rim.com/investors/events/index.shtml. A replay of the conference call will also be available at approximately 7 pm by dialing 416-640-1917 and entering passcode 21221688#. This replay will be available until midnight ET October 18, 2007.
So what do you guys expect from this? Do you think Apple’s IPHONE will have eaten some of RIM’s sales?
Actually, I think just the opposite. The iPhone more than likely contributed to BlackBerry sales. At the end of the day, these devices don’t compete with each other.
The iPhone and the BB’s don’t exactly “compete with each other” YET at least thats what FUD says. IMO bet many BB users which also have a iPhone have found the iPhone CAN in fact keep up with and exceed anything the BB currently throws at it.
“Any IT director that says the iPhone will not work with corporate email systems should be fired. ANY basic IMAP function will work just fine. If they went to an all-Blackberry email server, then that is their fault for being so short sighted, but the fact that conventional IP-config with POP or IMAP access (preferrably IMAP) will work just fine. As someone who has a Mac consulting biz here in LA, I end up handling Mac ops and setups for a lot of big entertainment companies, and the ONLY reason that people think Mac (and iPhone) isn’t compatible with corporate email systems is because willfully ignorant IT people tell everyone it’s not.” Christopher Martin.
iPhone and the Beginning of the End for Corporate Email?
Corporate E-Mail on the iPhone
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Now RIM might have good number because they have great devices AND the iPhone is focusing more consumers on smartphones. But think saying the iPhone can’t compete with BB’s is somewhat naive on the iPhone.
“Q: The critics were effusive in praise for the iPhone, but had issues with the iPhone and the EDGE network, which they say is slower than others. How do you respond?
Stephenson: With a device like this, you need a broad based network that covers every nook and cranny of the country. That’s EDGE. It does a nice job. It also has Wi-Fi, which is better than anything you’ll find in any handset. Between the two, you’ll get a good experience. We’re selling tens of thousands of Blackberry devices, which are all Edge phones, and they perform well. We’ve tested this nine ways to Sunday, and we think the experience will be great.
Jobs: The iPhone switches to any known Wi-Fi network when it senses one. What we’ve found is that Edge is terrific for e-mail and basic Internet usage. When people need more speed, there’s Wi-Fi. The nice thing about Wi-Fi is it’s way faster than 3G. People are in areas with Wi-Fi much more than they think. I walk into work with the iPhone, and it instantly switches to a Wi-Fi network. If I’m walking down the street in downtown Palo Alto, the iPhone will switch from EDGE to Wi-Fi. It’s very fluid.
EDGE will be faster than people have read in the reviews. Some of the criticism of EDGE is more theoretical. Blackberrys use EDGE, and in many cases is slower, because our software is better.
Stephenson: I carry a 3G phone and the iPhone, and in terms of the general experience, it’s comparable. I’m not concerned.
Q: What about corporate e-mail? I understand that’s an issue for many consumers, who may not be able to hook up to their company networks?
Jobs: You’ll be hearing more about this in the coming weeks. We have some pilots going with companies with names you’ll recognize. This won’t be a big issue.”
To add to what hellno just posted: I will say that EDGE on the iPhone for me has been much better than expected. I do believe that is because the software on the iPhone is just so well developed.
In the end the real advantage Apple has on almost all other vendors is their years of experience developing software. How many cell phone manufacturers have been developing full blown operating systems for full blown computers for a little over 2 decades now, like Apple has? Most of these cell phone vendors have experience only developing operating systems for cell phone architecture, which doesn’t begin to compare.
The iPhone is really a pocket computer and that is its advantage.
That sums it up as perfectly as I’ve seen so far.
“The iPhone is really a pocket computer and that is its advantage.”