RIM Co-CEOs' Response to Steve Jobs: Don't Draw RIM Into Apple's Debacle

Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO's of RIM (maker of world-famous Blackberry phones), are having none of Steve Jobs' "attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue [...] and to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple."


Last night, at the iPhone 4 Press Conference held in Cupertino, Steve Jobs used a Blackberry Bold 9700 to demonstrate that signal loss is also a problem of phones by other manufacturers.


Following Steve Jobs' iPhone 4 antenna issue explanation, which included the use of Blackberry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris and Samsung Omnia to show that signal reception problem is not unique to the new iPhone, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie of RIM issued this strongly-worded statement*:

“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."

True to some extent, I think.

Smoke screening an issue while trying to spread your own problem out to everyone else is never a good nor wise thing to do.

[via Mr. Arel Virtusio of Virtusio PR -- Thanks Arel!]

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